Joined: Jun 13, 2005 Posts: 1907 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:33 pm Post subject: Looking back | 10 years on IAH! (Long post, image heavy)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Trip to Kunigal and surroundings
Lunch turned out to be pretty memorable, thanks to this Menu
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)
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
Getting the first shipment of natives from Andrew was such an exciting experience, loads of new fish - felt like a kid again
Keeping the mudskippers was an exhilarating experience, having fish climb onto one's hand to feed - priceless
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
Joined: May 17, 2013 Posts: 241 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:23 pm Post subject: Re: Looking back | 10 years on IAH! (Long post, image heavy)
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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