Hello from Orange County CA

Discussion in 'Welcome to FishLore' started by Mark7A, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Mark7AValued MemberMember

    Hello !!!

    I just wanted to pop in ans say hi as I am new to the forums.

    I've always loved all things aquatic and my GF finally helped me get into the fun.

    Coming from a healthcare/biology background the nitrogen cycle makes perfect sense and is one of the allure of fish keeping. I just started my 56 gallon "pillar" tank on it's fishless cycle - well, two weeks ago (ammonia and some stuff from my GFs tank). The tanks is all decked out and bubbly warm helping the bacteria along. Started with an initial ammonia level of 6 (it's now 4 - been here for about 12 days). Started testing for nitrites and nitrates a couple days ago. Nitrite jumped from 2 to 5 in those two days and the nitrate is holding at 5. I think this is trend I am looking for.

    I do have a serious problem. What do I do to keep patient? I am have a few different communities planned (mostly semi-agressive fish). I am reading other forums and sites l have come across to help select compatible tankmates.

    But the waiting is hard. I keep staring at the tank - then my GF laughs :;laughing
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2012
  2. GordinianWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to fishlore!

    You could always get a couple of those plastic fish they sell at pet stores (at least the ones near me) and plop em in the tank!

  3. hoboValued MemberMember

    Hello Mark7A :;hi1

  4. Mark7AValued MemberMember


    I'll save the plastic fish as a last resort plan

  5. GordinianWell Known MemberMember

    Well ok, but they're very easy to care for ;)
  6. Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    Hi Mark, welcome to Fishlore. sounds like MTS is right around the corner for you. we will be here when you need us.
  7. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    candycane2.gif Hello and Welcome to Fish Lore!

    I hope you enjoy the site.

  8. Mrs.PriceValued MemberMember

    I loved biology, and was taking college biology in 9th grade, and studied it all through HS, I know what you mean! The chemistry of it all was partly the allure to me as well.

    When I was cycling my tank, I did the same, and I would just look at my tank and MY husband would laugh! lol I'd suggest you select a couple books and read them, that's what got me through :)
  9. Mark7AValued MemberMember

    Disc61 - I think I have some of the symptoms of MTS.
    I was considering a semi-aggressive tank, but after getting advice from my proposed community, (https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/...t-tank-help-assess-my-proposed-community.html) I may switch to more peaceful fish (that will also allow me to have some inverts as well). So yeah, I think I need another tank or two :)

    Mrs Price - I saw some books on Amazon that looked interesting. Oh BTW, I play TF2 and CS.
  10. Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    Mark, we can't cure it, all we can do is be there for you in your time of need.
  11. KaiValued MemberMember

    Hello and welcome, Mark! ^_^

    We'd love to see pics! A lot of them even if you decide to house some plastic fish. :D
  12. N2GongfuValued MemberMember

    Hi Mark!! Fellow OC resident here! HI!!
  13. Mark7AValued MemberMember

    Hi N2Gongfu!

    I just found a great LFS in our area. Ocean Blue (on Katella in Orange). I was looking all over for a good, knowledgeable and (most importantly) friendly store. Good Yelp reviews too.

    I finally cycled, and I'm slowly adding fish. Just added two German Blue Rams, two Peppered Corys and seven Green Fire Tetras.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  14. fishaddictionValued MemberMember

    Cool good luck with the fish. :)
  15. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to the forum. Good luck with your new tank.
  16. AlanGreeneWell Known MemberMember

    Nice to have you on board friend! enjoy!!!

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