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Member Spotlight on Jwebbe

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My name is Junne and go by Jwebbe on the forum.

My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have an 8 year old son. We live in Northern California and currently have one cat named, Luka. My hobbies include, Photography with my Nikon DSLR, Photoshop, Travelling, and finding new apps for my Samsung Galaxy S3 ANDROID phone! Who knew you could do so much with it!

Let me begin by saying, I came to this forum seeking help and knowledge, with no prior fish keeping knowledge. My first tank in March of 2012 was a 5 gallon tank - a birthday gift to my then 7 year old son. Let me tell you, I had no clue what I was getting in to! After getting one of those boxed Walmart specials, we set it up, filled it with water and added the dechlorinater that came with the kit. The very next day, I sent my husband and son to Petco to pick out some fish. We decided that 7 fish would be a good number since my son just turned 7. I have no idea where that came from but it sounded like a good number. When my husband got to Petco, he told them he was a beginner and wanted 7 "starter" fish. No one at the fish store questioned our choices and just made a few suggestions on what would be good for our setup. Well to make a long story short, they came home with 7 fish. 4 Mollies and 3 Platies and 2 mystery snails.

Fast forward 2 days - One of the mollies had given birth and had 25 fry! We soon found out that we were way overstocked, not to mention the test strips we had gotten showed all the levels high and toxic. We were never told about the nitrogen cycle and other important facts even though my husband explained that we had never kept fish before.

We went back to Petco (to give them back the newborn fry and also to exchange some of the fish that had died) and to get advice. The advice varied from associate to associate but I took down notes and soon found fishlore and began actively seeking advice. A few fish deaths and 2 additional tanks, a wealth of newfound knowledge, help keep me busy now.

Tanks and Equipment:
3/27/12 - 5 gallon tank - currently empty, using as a QT tank. Aquaclear 30 filter.

5/1/12 - Aqueon - 36 gallon bowfront - currently stocked with Cardinal Tetras, Neon Tetras, glowlight Tetras and Ember tetras, 2 cory catfish, 1 Bristlenose pleco, 1 zebra danio, 1 marble Angelfish, Mystery snails, Nerite snails and MTS snails. I am running 2 Aqueon filters pumping about 600 gph total.

6/23/12 - Fluval Edge 6.6 gallon - 1 male betta, MTS snails, 2 Assassin snails. Zoo med canister filter.

Advice for beginners:
This should be the first and foremost thing to be asked when any person purchases a fish tank - especially when it is obvious that the person is a beginner. I only learned about the Nitrogen Cycle when I came on to Fishlore. It was very enlightening to say the least. I probably would have never gotten this far had I not gotten this information firsthand.

ALWAYS quarantine your new fish! After getting my 2nd tank cycled and squared away, I set up my original 5 gallon tank for a qt tank. Boy was I glad I did! I had bought several Cardinals and Neons from Petsmart - all of which came down with a fungus and or ICH within a day after getting them. A few survived the 2 + week qt period and I lost a few as well. I would hate to think what would have happened if I introduced them to my main tank and infected everyone in there! I would say that is one of the most important aspects of fishkeeping - making sure you QT your new fish, even if you think they are from a reputable seller and or look physically fine.

Buy quality fish food. I currently feed my fish Omega and NLS brand exclusively. They cost a bit more but are nutritionally complete and full of vitamins that fish need to keep strong and healthy. I believe in good nutrition for myself and my family, so why not for the fish too?

I do weekly water changes even though my water parameters are good. I believe it's better to be proactive and spend the extra time to make sure my tank is clean and fish are healthy. So far, my tank has never been infected with parasites and or worms. I believe it's due to my fastidious attention to this very important part of fishkeeping.

I picked this kit up right after joining fishlore. It is one of the best tools I have and although I use it infrequently now, I still use it from time to time if I notice anything suspicious with my fish behavior. It is well worth the investment and a small price to pay to insure your water is at its best.

I want to get a larger bowfront tank. I'm thinking the 72 gallon. I still want to stay with fresh water but may toy with the idea of saltwater too. Not really sure what type of stock but I am really drawn to various types of Angelfish.

I am very honored to have been chosen to be in the Member Spotlight for Fishlore. TOO many people to thank for ALL of the help I was given as a newbie. A few people stand out in my mind that really went over and beyond to give me good solid advice and or MODS who gently let me know if I had put a post in the wrong place or reminded me of the forum rules.

Butterfly, AmazonPassion, Lucy, Catsma to name a few. You guys ROCK!

Magoo, Kinezumi, RogueAgent94, and many others who graciously gave me their advice and helped me along the way...

Special thanks to Mike for keeping this a family friendly and safe place for ALL ages of people to come and learn. I feel good knowing that even my 8 year old son can come on here and not be worried about bad language and otherwise inappropriate material.
Thank you!

Here are some of my favorite pictures.


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