Howdy from SW Missouri

  1. BadKarma

    BadKarma New Member Member


    Hi everyone. I'm trying to get back into the hobby after many years away. I was watching a show on Discovery and they were showing some large predatory fish in Lake Malawi Africa munching on a few cichlids and I about fainted when the "dinner" amounted to about $200 worth of nice stock!!!!

    Anyway, it got me interested again and now I'm in the planning stage. I don't really know what I want yet, but I'm thinking maybe a couple smaller tanks (10 or 15 gal) and maybe 1 larger tank of maybe 40 gal or so. Space is a factor I have to consider.

    Anyway, it's good to be back after soooooo long with out a tank. I now realize how much I've missed them.

  2. Shawnie

    Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    welcome to fishlore!!!!!! hope you enjoy our site :)
  3. S

    Shadowbeam Valued Member Member

    Welcome to fishlore, and congrats on getting back into a fantastic hobby ^^
    Look forward to hearing your stocking ideas etc :D
  4. OP

    BadKarma New Member Member

    Thanks Shawnie. I am a bit of a forum junkie and I really like this layout.
  5. OP

    BadKarma New Member Member

    Thanks Shadow. I have decided that I will be using live plants for all my tanks this time around. I've never used them before, so should be fun. I also am looking into a invert only tank, but just an idea right now.
  6. Amanda

    Amanda Fishlore VIP Member

    Welcome to Fishlore!
  7. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    Welcome! I'm excited to see where you go with your tanks.
    If you are looking for some light reading and don't already know about it, the nitrogen cycle is a great place to start. ;)
    It's good to have you here.
  8. CHoffman

    CHoffman Fishlore VIP Member

    Welcome to Fishlore!!. I used to live very close to Branson myself. It's changed A LOT since then Congrads on getting back into the hobby!!.
  9. OP

    BadKarma New Member Member

    Thanks everyone for a very warm welcome.

    Meenu, when I was a youngster my Mom got me started raising Bettas and Angles, but that was many moons ago. We were starting tanks that way, we just didn't know it had a name!!!! :)

    CHoffman, I've lived here almost all of my life, but then there was that time I lived in Shawnee KS for a couple years!!!!

  10. CHoffman

    CHoffman Fishlore VIP Member

    That's very close to me as We used to live in Hollister. My mom and dad had a Gift shop in the Harbor Town Mall in Branson. That's gone now but I loved it down that way. It's beautiful.
  11. OP

    BadKarma New Member Member

    My office is almost a stones throw from there!!!!!
  12. CHoffman

    CHoffman Fishlore VIP Member

    How funny!!. Is the Mall still there?? I thought it was torn down for a hotel or something..I would really love to get back that way sometime. I kinda miss it.

    On the live plants in your tank I would highly recommend them. Planted tanks are my very favorite, I just love the look of them.
  13. Annadvn

    Annadvn Well Known Member Member

    Hi BadKarma,

    I used to Live in Missouri and found a excellent fish shop in Springfield, MO.

    They specialize in salt water and cichlids. The owner breeds (or use to) most of his own african stock.

    They are called Cichlids and Salt, you should try and go and have a look at them. His Knowledge of african cichlids is unbelievable, and everything is scientifically named with no tanks with labels of "mixed cichlids".

  14. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    :) Welcome to FishLore!
  15. A

    AlyeskaGirl Fishlore VIP Member

    Welcome to Fishlore! Glad you joined and gettin back into fishkeeping! Whoohoo!!! ;D
  16. OP

    BadKarma New Member Member

    CH, nope the mall is gone. I can remember going to the little arcade they had at the end!!
    This town has really changed in the last 20 years, I'm not really sure you'd recognize it.

    Anna, the store is still there and running just fine. I've been in there, but cichlids just aren't my thing. I've always been a big tetra and cat fan and am getting really interested in inverts. But I still go there just to watch the Oscars rearrange the tanks for them!!! hehe

    Thanks for the welcome Christine. Question: Being in Alaska, do you have to cut ice to feed your fish every morning? lol ;)

    Just as an update, as CH and Anna can attest to, my sources of fish suppliers is very VERY limited here. But we did just get a Petco last year and I went over to see if I can get an updated fish species guide, well, I found they had a 14 gal starter kit just went on sale and one of them found it's way into my truck! :;santaclaus I'm not calling it my X-Mas to myself, but my B-Day is Dec 29th so that works!

    I had planned on waiting until I had all my planning and research done before making any purchases, but my will is weak. I'm a bad man. :;pirate

    Will keep everyone posted on the progress.

  17. OP

    BadKarma New Member Member

  18. bolivianbaby

    bolivianbaby Fishlore Legend Member

    Welcome to Fishlore!
  19. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!
  20. CHoffman

    CHoffman Fishlore VIP Member

    So I'd hate to be the one to get you hooked but have you checked out
    I buy a lot of my fish from there. VERY ADDICTING so be aware of You can buy inverts there too. :;a1 Live plants and fish. Very cool place.