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Hello from a guy getting back into the hobby after 30 years of "I forgot I had it"

Flukeworld

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Hello dear "colleagues",

This is how we call each other who are into this hobby in my country. I am from Bulgaria, small country in eastern Europe. We are very happy to have an access to the world, which was not the case when I was a kid. As a young teenager I have live trough the USSR communism till 1989, when my country adopted the democracy..

I am starting this far, because after buying an aquarium for my kid, I recalled it was the greatest hobby I had as a kid. For around 5 years as an early teen I had 6 aquariums with around 500 livebearers. I am grateful to my father, who made this possible and helped me a lot to get what I needed and is possible at that time for the hobby.

So, nowadays I knew I got it, went to the shop, argued a bit with the sells guy, being a bit disappointed that my daughter 3rd birthday is tomorrow, but I cant put any fish in my tank present. Anyway, I got 17 litters (4.5 gallons) aqua, filter, heater, white-blue stones substrate and starter bacteria. I did not go cheap, so I am happy I got somewhere good hardware following the merchant advice. After around 9 months I still had keep the aqua and the hardware as a livebearer babies growing place.
So, after it cycled (I believe it was), somewhere on the forth day I have put 6 fish as present for my daughter's birthday. We also put together all the seа shells we have collected in last years. I got 2 plants too, сo a bit of a very "beginner" picture here to see from where to where it got in time.
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The fish was 2 swordtail helleri, 2 black mollies, 2 plattas and 1 ancitrus. After few weeks it turned out that all of them are male and just 1 molly is a female. Then she died. It had such a big affect on me - I believed I have been doing everything wright, applying everything that I knew from my childhood, including I was following everything that people told me in the shop - how to change the water, hot to clean the substrate and the filter, how to feed, adapt water and so on. After getting on the internets, looking for what could have been gone wrong - it woke up. I got so deep into this being very happy that there is so much to read, so much options, possibilities and hardware to have money for in the shops. I realized I have forgotten what it was for me to be into this aquarium science. So, I fixed it. We collected some stones with the kids from around our house, rend some with a hammer, then glued them as we liked, planned the aquascape, glued the moss - a result of my passionate internet digging and youtube wathing. So here the result:

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Well, it did not end there. I was so excited and carried away, that I started to imagine what I want as my "aqua space" in our house. My wife was not excited at all, but now she likes the result. So I started imaging, scratching and planning things, so here a photo:

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Well, I have some computer skills (I am very modest here) so I created a "project" and ordered it from a local company. It turned out, they are amazingly good.

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So the result:
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Once again I did not go cheap. Here is where it all went very deep and this is what I do/read/help where I can/think trough the day for several months now. I got into issues with time, still have a lot to fix but this is how I found this forum - for now a great source of knowledge and experience. Soon we will meet at "issues" topics :)
Here, some pictures of the current state - the small one is 9 months old, 17 litter tank, and the big one is 6 months old and 170 litters (somewhere 130 litters in real). Enjoy :)

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noodlesuk

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Welcome to the forum! Such a progression in tanks, it's great to see the humble beginnings right up to the current tank. I've never seen a cabinet like that before, with a main tank and smaller one below.
 

Flukeworld

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Thank you. It was just - how to utilize the only space I could win after arguing with my wife that "our house wont become full of tanks". Now the small one is constantly filled with around 50 babies, So
I have to gift them away constantly to avoid over population.
 
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Flukeworld

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Here is my new undergoing project. I want to utilize the space on the "shelf" which I was not sure how much it will be in the end. But overall, the upgrade is from 17 litters to 42 litters (real 36).
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As the aquarium will be much larger it will require something to put under to be able to service it.
 

Flukeworld

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As this is a "Journal" now - here several short videos from November with a glance on the hardware I am using.




 
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Flukeworld

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An update - I had to move to a new house, so rescaping was inevitable. I had to fully empty the tank and remove all plants but at least I could keep the soil as it is. Around 30 kilos of soil including the weight of the glass it was pretty hard exercise moving the tank to the new flat. But this gave me an option for new ideas, so here some pics from the process and outcomes. Last pictures are the state now 2 months after moving.
 

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