For months I have used your knowledge, posts, arguments, experience, shaming, mistakes, solutions, remedies, and warnings.
Like a creep, or peeping Tom, I voyeuristically got what I needed while you had no idea... well it’s my coming out party now!
My name is Kay, I am a newbie to the hobbie.
I started with a 1 gallon Betta Bowl from Petsmart 4 months ago. Immediately realized I had been sold on price not principal and upped to a 3 gallon.
Then I added a filter
Then a heater
Then a hammock
Then blood worms
And got bored.
Bought a 10 Gal Marineland kit
Put Betta, mystery snails (2), bristle nose, and 10 ghost shrimp.
Learned a lot. Learned about the Nitro-cycle, feeding, over feeding, bacterial bloom. Learned not to introduce LFS water into a tank.
Learned about ich, learned about treating ich, learned about treating ich with invertebrates.
Upgraded to a 20 gal.
Learned about moving a small tank to a larger tank. Learned more about Nitro-cycle. Heaters, water testing drops vs strips.
Learned about proper acclimation, drip method, floating bag, PH, kh, learned about the velvet, about cotton mouth. Learned that LFS that are corporate chains... usually suck butts.
Learned that there’s no such thing as “totally safe tank mates”
Learned a swordtail could kill a Betta.
Learned a Mollie could Nip a Betta to the point it needs to be euthanized, learned the various ways to euthanize.
Learned about live bearers. Learned they eat their own fry. Learned what Fry are.
Learned that disappearing fish and rapidly growing snails... are correlated. (My mystery albino is crabapple size. No Bullshjt.
Learned that a cobra guppy can try mating with a sword tail, and get beat down.
Learned about “natural gravel”
Learned about tanins
Learned about low oxygen
Learned about bubblers not adding much oxygen.
Learned about accidental cycling (or recycling)
Learned what a flocculant is.
Learned when to use it.
Learned about Prime, Pristine, safestart, paragaurd, amozorb, neozorb zorbs in general.
Learned about how incredibly expense impatience is. Learned about how terribly expensive ignorance is. Learned about multing, and how your Corys particularly love to Eat soft shell shrimp.
I learned about zucchinI and peas and cucumber and blanching.
I have taken this knowledge and purchased a 55 gallon tank, stand, 110lbs of rock (lava, slate, etc) a API Filstar xp M canister filter, a Fluval/AquaClear 50 hang on filter. Enough filter media to suffocate a filter, and all the bubbles, lights, and glass canopy etc.
And yet... I am petrified that I still don’t know anything and am afraid to add fish and get going.
So... who would like to deal with my neurotic questions?
Nice to meet you all; I’m verbose for my first post, but won’t be a pain going forward. Because there’s one other thing I learned: don’t waste your time