Welcome to my journal.
I used to be an aquarium enthusiast. Lately, I've lost the passion for the hobby. I hope creating a journal will help bring the interest back.
A little bit about myself. I got into this hobby probably 10 years ago. Like many, I started off with keeping bettas in small jars. The addiction grew on me really quick. I'm sure many of you can relate. My bedroom soon became my fish room. I had more tanks and jars than I had time for. I was somewhat successful at breeding but the time commitment was too much for me to handle. I eventually downsized and gave up on keeping bettas all together.
At this point, I had moved onto keeping community fish. My first community tank was a used 90 gallon. I took the advice of many and looked for a used set-up and buy the largest tank I could afford. This certainly paid off as I am still using the tank today.
My first community fish were that of the typical beginner, guppies and tetras. I would go to the stores almost daily and buy lots and lots of guppies and tetras. I was such a lousy fish keeper. Most of my fish would die within a few days. That didn't stop me from buying more and more fish. At the time, I had no idea what the cycling process is.
In addition to having a overstocked and un-cycled tank, I was faced with ick. At the time, it was the most stressful thing ever. I tried medication, I tried salt, I tried raising the temperature, nothing worked. I lost all but a few fish. This has caused me to once again quit the hobby. Now that I look back, having ick is not the end of the world. It can be easily treated.
About five years ago, I got the urge to start up my tank again. This time I am armed with new information and learned from my past mistakes. I missed owning a tankful of guppies and tetras, so I started off with that again. I was really happy to learn I was able to keep them alive. After a while, my tank was stocked/overstocked and I found myself with nothing to do. Like a video game, I was finished.
Not wanting to lose interest, I ventured into keeping a planted tank. This is probably one of the most challenging aspects of the aquarium hobby. There is so much to learn and so much to do. After a long learning curve and many bumps along the way, I am very content with my planted tank.
Sorry to bore you with my history. I will start posting photos and updates to this journal as new things happen.