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Nothing to do with technology, but I know we have other fish keepers here in the community that might find this interesting.

If you're thinking about getting a fish tank, read this post first. 🙂

kevq.uk/looking-after-an-aquar

@kev Take me down memory lane. I had 16 tanks, almost exclusively Tanganyikan.

* 2 120g tanks w/ frontosa
* 2 40g long planted community tanks - some malawi taint
* 2 20G long shellie tanks
* 10 nursery tanks, mostly 20G

3 50G aerated rain barrels. Conditioner would have bankrupt me after the Eheim tax.

Great posts. Wish something that clear was around when I first started out. Would have saved me a lot of pain for sure.

Now.. you're reigniting my passion. Ain't nobody got time for this!

@vince oh wow! I thought I had my hands full! Did you get rid of everything in the end?

@kev At one point more than a decade ago I was trying to start a side aquarium business. Turning passion into fruition and all that.

It didn't get very far. After the initial investment, passion turned into lots of labor, the fruit never came. It was an interesting time. Importing skids from the us, going to fish auctions, the water changes 😬

I kept everything as a hobbyist for a few years but it was too much to handle. Life, work, other hobbies creeped in and it was time to let it go.

@vince yeah, that’s always the danger of turning a hobby into a career. It becomes...work. 😒

@kev I keep 2 fully planted nano tanks on my desk here with me. Keeps me occupied.

@Theas I don’t have the patients for a planted tank. My wife does all the maintenance on ours. It’s very much her tank. I did have a planted nano shrimp tank for a couple years, but it was too fiddly for me.

@kev I've been out of love with fishkeeping since Mog the catfish murdered Ghosty the ghost knife fish, all my silver dollars, and eventually, leafy the leaf-fish.

Fish fight. Catfish just kill.

@crow yeah cat s will do that. :(

I had dollars for a while, but found them way too skittish.

@kev this brings bask memories, I used to keep fish in a 120 liter tank when I was a kid, my dad used this as a way to make me responsible (the whole changing the water, changing the filters, etc ..), it was time consuming but nice. Can't have that at my tiny studio flat but a single goldfish may be nice ...

@lopeztel nano tanks are all the rage right now. AquaOne do a great range - throw some rasboras in there or something and you could have a nice little tank. :)

@kev i’ve wanted to get a fish for a while but i’ve been too scared of not knowing what i’m doing and hurting the fish somehow.

oh also, for some reason, your links aren’t working for me (iOS 14.0.1, Safari PWA). the hover animation works (on click, normal behavior for iOS) but clicking on the links doesn’t actually do anything besides that.

@Spaceface16518 is this the Mastodon PWA you’re talking about? I’ve seen this on iOS too - you click a link within the PWA (like the link to my post, but then subsequent links (the links within my post) don’t work. I use the Twitter PWA and this happens to me all the time.

@Spaceface16518 WRT to getting a tank, you should so do it! I might write a post on how to setup your first fish tank. :)

@kev i look forward to that! i talked it over with my girlfriend and we’re going to check it out next time we can go to a pet store.

@kev ohh i see. i guess i didn’t factor that in. i just assumed it was iOS hover behavior messing with the links.

@kev Wow, that’s a lot of work. I can barely find time to maintain my 50 litre tank properly. Luckily my Endlers are incredibly hardy.

@AppleStrudelMan endlers are hardy little things. I’ve never really been a fan of guppy’s though...or live bearers in general actually.

@kev I’m not really a fan either, but they’ve kept on breeding for almost ten years. I’d love to get some other fish but the tank is always overstocked.

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