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Old 12-10-2011, 10:53 AM   #1 
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Smile Oldfishlady.......

Hello everyone,
A little about me.....

I have been in the fish keeping hobby for around 40 years more or less-working with the Betta splendens species for roughly 12 or so years now and Natural planted tanks about 7 years or so. I have spawned/bred, kept many different species of tropical fish and inverts over the years.

Having a strong science and medical background I enjoy reading and researching science based information and conducting experiments

Being a naturalist I try to find more natural methods to keep and treat the tropical fish in my care and for others, while I am not critical of others that use stronger products-I have found over the years that they are often not needed and can sometimes cause more harm than good in some cases.

I try to encourage more people to get involved in this wonderful hobby-new keepers are the future of the hobby after all..... and to educate on proper care-with the understanding that there is more than one way to properly keep this species successfully-its finding what works for you, your Betta and what you have on hand......

I currently keep 20 soil based natural planted tanks (NPT) that range from 75gal-to-1gal.......
Livestock-Bettas, Neons, Dianos, guppies, longfin albino plecos, RCS (Red cherry shrimp) and the yellow color morph, marble crayfish and lots of common snails-like pond, ranshorn and trumpet (MTS)..everything has a job of

I live on a working cattle ranch out in the woods and have lots and lots of animals-besides all the cattle-I have 29 cats, 4 dogs, a horse, chickens...
I did have an orphaned opossum that I hand raised last summer but has since been released back into the wild (see pic and story in my album).
I have raised other orphaned and injured wild animals over the well as many injured and stray domesticated animals-more cats than anything else that show up needing help and none are turned away...just had two little pigs show up last

I have a great deal of passion for animals, our earth and for people...understanding and appreciating how unique and different each and every person for who they are.............and I enjoy helping and encouraging others with their adventure in the hobby of fish keeping.....

And if you haven't already noticed....I post do tend to be long.......laffs.....
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:05 AM   #2 
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We already know each other but I wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your "rambling" lol. You have helped so many people and we appreciate it.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:42 AM   #3 
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Thank you OFL! I loved learning more about you.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:38 PM   #4 
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I loved your opossum pictures! I didn't know you had a cattle ranch. That's pretty cool. Lots of work I bet! It sounds like a wonderful place with all those animals. :)
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:38 PM   #5 
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I agree ^. Your house sounds like it never stops being interesting.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:03 AM   #6 
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Hi OFL, thank you for sharing..

You sound and live just as I imagined you did.. and yes, now that I think about it, it does sound stalker-ish lol. You just have this aura/quality about you and the way you are that has always piqued my interest. I too have the passion for animals and of the earth, but for some people I am still working on lol.

I think it's great you do all that you do, it sounds like a very fulfilling life. It's been nice reading your posts and learning from them all this time, and now I'm glad to get to know a little about you.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:08 PM   #7 
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OFL, you're our go-to gal for so many things - plants, sick fishies, tank troubles. It's nice to formally meet you and thank you for all the great advice you give. And I've always loved your user name. :D
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