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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:33 pm Post subject: Looking back | 10 years on IAH! (Long post, image heavy) Reply with quote

 They  say  time  flies,  and  trust  me  it  sure  does  at  a  faster  pace  when  you've  got  enriching  hobbies.  
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/  or  IAH  as  we  fondly  call  it  was  my  first  window  into  fishkeeping.  As  is  the  usual  "norm"  when  beginning  fishkeeping  I  went  and  bought  a  standard  2'x1'x1.5'  on  a  weekend  afternoon  -  the  thought  being  "looking  at  fish  helps  calm  one  down",  and  trust  me  I  was  anything  but  calm  when  I  saw  the  first  fish  dead  in  the  tank!
 Posted  on  IAH  trying  to  figure  out  why  the  fish  died  -  got  an  earful,  but  all  good  learning.
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=12047&highlight=#12047
 Was  guided  onto  the  concept  of  Nitrogen  cycle  and  Osmosis  -  finally  something  I  learnt  during  my  academics  making  sense  (I  still  don't  understand  differentiation  and  integration  though).  Hence  began  the  journey  of  understanding  the  "science"  behind  fishkeeping,  I  firmly  believe  this  is  where  anything  really  starts  to  get  gripping/interesting.  It  no  longer  was  just  "keeping  an  aquarium  at  home".
 
 Revisited  some  places  based  on  earlier  explorations  of  the  outdoors,  my  first  proper  look  at  Native  fish  of  our  land.  But  it  also  introduced  me  to  the  concept  of  fish  compatibility.
 
 Livebearers  were  the  first  foray  into  looking  at  multiplying  the  number  of  fish  in  the  tanks  Wink
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=14152&highlight=#14152
 
 The  beauty  of  "fighter  fish"  (Betta  splendens)  appealed  to  me,  and  before  you  know  it  I  was  smuggling  them  into  my  bed...err  Fishroom  in  my  Laptop  bag.
 Next  step  was  trying  to  breed  them,  keeping  a  close  eye  on  several  attempts  helped  notice  various  cues  and  behaviour.  Did  an  "algorithm-like"  writeup.  
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=56545&highlight=#56545
 
 
 
 
 With  the  increased  number  of  fish  came  an  increase  in  number  of  aquariums  at  home.
 
 Goldfish  were  not  managing  to  keep  my  attention,  started  looking  at  various  other  fish...browsing  various  fishy  sites  reading  up  on  fish  profiles,  looking  at  "Cookie  cutter"  setups,  etc.  Cichlids  seemed  the  logical  progression,  started  with  the  ever-so-bubbly  Oscars,  Red  devils,  Convicts,  Texas,  GTs  followed  soon.  Angels  and  convicts  were  some  of  the  first  to  thrill  me  with  their  parenting  capabilities,  and  the  hostility  shown  prior  to  breeding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The  very  first  planned  "Collection  trip"  generated  a  lot  of  interest,  but  very  few  turned  up  on  the  day.
   
 The  trip  though  was  well  worth  it,  re-ignited  my  intrigue  towards  the  fish  of  our  land.  Seeing  the  almost  transparent  body  of  the  Oryzias  was  spellbounding
 
 
 Having  a  digital  camera  (all  of  3.3MP)  pushed  the  fish  photography  juggernaut  Razz
 Ramirezi
 
 
 
 
 
 Getting  a  special  mention  in  one  of  the  competitions  was  such  a  joy!
 
 The  next  set  of  forays  into  the  field  saw  me  paying  more  attention  to  the  aquatic  plants...you  might  have  guessed  it  by  now  -  setup  my  very  first  "Planted  tank"
 
 
 
 
 
 Seeing  Madan's  planted  tanks  was  a  jaw-dropping  experience
 
 
 
 Adip's  planted  tanks  were  soothing  as  well
 
 
 
 Attending  my  first  Aquatika  was  a  fantastic  experience,  connecting  with  all  like  minded  (insane?)  hobbyists  was  fun.  Beta's  fish  room  was  inspirational
 [img]http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=14319&g2_serialNumber=1[/img]
 [img]http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=14315&g2_serialNumber=1[/img]
 
 Did  some  all-native  setups
 
 
 A  smaller  setup  for  the  Killies/Channa  andrao
 
 
 One  of  the  best  looking  Channa  punctata  -  which  I  vividly  recall  collecting  with  my  bare  hands,  almost
 
 
 
 
 Now  is  when  I  lost  all  control,  not  that  I  had  any  to  start  with.  Most  of  the  free  time  was  spent  planning  racks/filtration,  etc.  Very Happy
 
 
 
 
 
 Trip  to  Kunigal  and  surroundings
 
 
 Lunch  turned  out  to  be  pretty  memorable,  thanks  to  this  Menu  Wink
 
 
 Lost  quite  a  chunk  of  my  fish  collection  when  I  was  away  on  an  official  trip  for  3  months,  came  back  and  started  with  a  few  more  scapes  
 
 
 
 Planned  the  first  overnight  fishy  trip  with  Vyas,  Ajay  and  Tarun.  Turned  out  to  be  a  super  trip  with  loads  of  new  species  (to  us)  
 http://iridealone.blogspot.in/2008/09/gone-fishing-kerala.html
 [img]http://lh4.ggpht.com/hayath.m/SL1RmCJWnaI/AAAAAAAABBg/D_JR10bLn8Y/DSC05174.jpg?imgmax=512[/img]
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 Vyas  and  Ajay's  native  fish  setups  pushed  me  into  gradually  moving  into  keeping  natives  only
 
 
 
 Staying  outdoors  from  time  to  time  was  becoming  a  necessity,  trips  happened  regularly
 
 
 
 
 Visiting  Prem  (his  tanks  I  mean)  has  always  been  eye-candy
 
 
 With  Shankar
 
 
 Visiting  Nikhil
 
 
 Getting  the  first  shipment  of  natives  from  Andrew  was  such  an  exciting  experience,  loads  of  new  fish  -  felt  like  a  kid  again  Smile
 
 
 
 
 Keeping  the  mudskippers  was  an  exhilarating  experience,  having  fish  climb  onto  one's  hand  to  feed  -  priceless
 
 
 Wrote  the  very  first  descriptive  post  on  Photographing  fish  in  the  aquarium
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=99934&highlight=#99934
 
 Was  beginning  to  face  limitations  of  the  P&S  camera  such  as  shutter  lag  and  high  noise.  Plus  the  drive  of  showcasing  the  fish  of  our  land  got  me  the  first  DSLR.  Built  up  the  Off-camera-flash  kit  with  some  decent  lenses  -  opened  up  a  whole  new  world  and  took  the  quality  of  the  photographs  to  the  next  level
 
 
 
 
 
 Started  venturing  into  brackish  setups  as  well,  very  interesting  progression
 
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=204909&highlight=#204909
 
 Slowed  down  quite  a  bit,  to  keep  track  albeit  with  a  lot  lesser  posting  -  started  the  Fishy  diary
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=165734&highlight=#165734
 
 For  a  while  managed  to  get  hold  of  all  the  three  Etroplines.
 
 Then  came  the  King  Barca  -  a  blue  brute
 
 
 
 A  few  more  exotics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 My  Pet  oscar  passed  -  close  to  6  years  raising  it  as  a  2"  baby
 
 
 Visited  Karwar  on  Humaid's  invitation  and  had  a  ball  exploring  the  brackish  systems
 
 
 With  increasing  interest  in  photography  the  time  towards  fishkeeping  began  to  wane,  wasn't  getting  new  fish  anymore.
 Never  stopped  visiting  friends  from  IAH  though.
 
 Visiting  Prem's  tanks  again
 
 
 Began  a  pet  project  to  document  the  Native  fish  of  India
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=271824&highlight=#271824
 
 Shooting  fish  now  was  done  on  days  when  I  had  energy  left  Sad
 
 
 
 Visited  Goa's  jungles
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=336979&highlight=#336979
 
 
 Exploring  Cauvery  with  friends  from  IAH
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=320456&highlight=#320456
 
 Tried  resurrecting  some  of  the  unused  tanks,  didn't  last  too  long
 
 
 Have  been  busy  since  with  raising  our  little  bundle  of  joy  -  Aleena.  Glad  she  loves  fish  too  Wink
 
 
 Visited  Nikhil's  setup  again  to  break  out  of  the  shooting  rut,  managed  to  snap  this  image  which  I  particularly  liked
 
 
 Been  a  super  journey,  hope  it  continues  forever  Smile  
 Have  made  some  great  friends,  been  mentored  by  some  fantastic  people,  have  enjoyed  the  company  and  camaraderie
 
 Cheers  IAH!
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 Thumb Up   You  don't  have  to  thank  me  maaaaaan........  Cheer Up  
 
 its  nothing  compared  to  what  I  shared  with  those  other  guys  at  MAM
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 Well  written.  Reminds  me  of  Nayak's  pages.  Smile
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 Nicely  written,  brilliant  photographs....thanks  for  sharing  your  journey...brilliant.  Enjoyed  reading  it.  Rock On   Thumb Up   Clapping
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:27 am Post subject: Re: Looking back | 10 years on IAH! (Long post, image heavy) Reply with quote

 Hayath,  you  have  nicely  narrated  your  Journey...awesome  Photos......I  also  started  this  Hobby  this  year,  wish  to  acquire  the  similar  knowledge  of  your  over  the  period  of  time.
 
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 Excellent  work  and  an  excellent  job  putting  them  together  !!!  Hopefully,  if  we  could,  I  have  few  things  to  learn  from  you  as  well  !!!
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 Wow  Rock On  buddy  absolutely  amazing  photos   Thumb Up   Thumb Up  
 
 Also  i  will  be  watching  when  you  and  the  group  will  be  making  a  collection  trip,  and  also  just  love  the  photographs  Thumb Up
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 Nice  writeup  and  excellent  pictures  as  usual,  enjoyed  it  much.   Thumb Up
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 Super  guide  to  devolop  the  hobby  for  newbees  like  me  thanks  a  lot   Smile
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 Super  pics  and  narration.  
 IAH  friends  surely  make  the  hobby  more  interesting  and   friendly.   
 Sunday  meets  surely  have  been  memorable  everytime.  
 Thanks  to  all  seniors  and  friends   for  creating  such  an  echo  system.
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 Hats  off  to  you  ?  Super  learning  and  awesome  photos/
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:45 am Post subject: Re: Looking back | 10 years on IAH! (Long post, image heavy) Reply with quote

 I  was  waiting  for  Sunday.  When  Hayath  posts,  one  does  not  rush  through  it.
 
 You  wait  for  the  day  you  are  relaxed  and  free,  then  with  a  cup  of  steaming  hot  coffee  and  good  background  music  you  open  this  post  and  savour  each  and  every  picture  taking  your  own  sweet  time.
 
 Ahhhh!  The  bliss,
 
 Regards,
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:15 pm Post subject: Re: Looking back | 10 years on IAH! (Long post, image heavy) Reply with quote

 Thanks  guys!  It's  been  an  enriching  hobby,  has  helped  in  all  other  facets  of  work/life  too.
 IAH  has  been  a  tremendous  platform  -  have  learnt  and  continue  to  do  so  Smile  
 
 @Saurabh  -  Nayak  has  been  one  of  the  "inspiration  providers"  be  it  his  journals  or  trip  diaries
 
 @Nayak  -  Good  old  times  when  I  would  actually  post  fishy  photographs,  this  was  a  lookback
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