I enjoyed reading the bios on other members I have seen around the forum, so I thought I should properly introduce myself to this forum. I joined the site via TFK. At first I just thought this was a huge subform of TFK. I never knew this was a whole different site. Only recently did I discover that in order for my signature to show up I need to be signed into Bettafish.com. So, sorry if it doesn't always show up.
Now about my hobby. I got into it with a high school senior project that involved goldfish in a 55 gal; I tried to teach them tricks using some guide I found (didn't really work). It has evolved into a 4k gal koi pond, 55 gal goldfish tank, 29 gal Pangio loach tank, and 2 10g divided betta setups (seeing all the pictures of beautiful bettas here enticed me to buy 2 more). I like huge fish or small fish. Almost nothing in between. My goldfish are pushing 6 inches and the koi are over a foot each; my loaches are as long as a finger. I have low-tec plants in all my setups. When I get the room I'd like to add a tank of livebearers.
I'm recent college graduate with a degree in fisheries science which covers fish biology, management, and conservation. Really the only classes that are applicable at all to my hobby were ichthyology and fish ecology. Most of what I studied pertained to management of wild fish. Right now I'm looking for a job in the aquaculture industry although my heart truly lies in fish conservation. I am very knowledgeable when it comes to the topics of overfishing and foodfish. I thoroughly enjoy science as a whole and find reading scientific journals to be very interesting. I would love to ultimately end up with a doctorate and do research for a university.
My other pets include 2 dogs and 3 cats. (Does a boyfriend count, too?) All of our animals are rescues. Some on purpose. Some not. The motto for my house seems to be: "You don't have to be crazy to live here, but it sure helps." I've always been an animal lover. I wanted to be a vet when I was younger, but I can't deal with euthanizing animals. I know it needs to be done sometimes, but it's too heartbreaking for me.
My other hobbies include writing, photography (still haven't been able to get fish tank photography down tho, grrr), hiking, and canoeing.
Hmmm. I think that's about it.
Oh ya. I'm also fond of amphibians and reptiles and insects. Not really a fan of arachnids or birds. I don't have anything against them; they're just not things that I would ever care to collect/house/study.