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Hi Fishlorians! My name is CJ aka AmazonPassion and I want to start by letting you know that I am honored to be a spotlight member.
From an early age, I have always been fascinated with water and the inhabitants that lurked beneath the water. I would always try to peer into puddles, gutters, ponds, creeks, tide pools and any body of water to see if aquatic life was present. I still do to this day.
My first vivid memory as a child was watching my mother take great care of her prize Pinoy Angelfishes and how much of a glow she had when she interacted with them. Having fish as pets was a huge part of my childhood (Guppies, Sword Tails, Mollies, Platies, Black Convicts, Bala Sharks, Red Tail Sharks and several groups of Tetras - all in different tanks) along with having 7 dogs, birds, newts, turtles, crawdads, frogs, and earthworms. Both parents were animal lovers and allowed me to keep anything I found as a pet growing up especially stray dogs.
Currently, I am live California, with 2 spoiled dogs (Mattie and Shadow) and occasionally foster a third dog. I'm the type of guy who has a can of dog /cat food in the trunk of my car for emergencies just in case I see a stray (I literally brake for strays). Most of the times I end up taking the strays home if they allow me to get close to them. I got back into the hobby about 5 years ago starting with a 5 gallon hexagon and kept upgrading until I finally got my 100 gallon (within those 5 years I upgraded 5 times).
I currently have 3 active tanks:
10 Gallon - Planted Yellow Shrimp Tank
10 Gallon - Foster Home for a Betta until my neighbor cycles his tank then will be converted into a shrimp tank
100 Gallon - Planted Community tank-A self sustaining RCS colony, Kuhlis, Cories, GBR, Otos, Neons, glowlight Tetras, Red Eyes, Harlequins and awaiting 6 pure DD Black Angelfish
Frozen Bloodworms, Beef heart and Mysis, Omega One, NLS Thera A+, Vitamin Flakes, Immune Booster flakes, Meat Eater w/Garlic flakes, Angel flakes, The Works flakes, Hikari Sinking Carnivore pellets, Hikari Algae wafers, and fresh zucchinis.
Fluval Shrimp Granules, HBH Crab and Lobster Bites, Borneo Wild Barley Straw Pellets, Borne Wild Spinach, Borneo Frenzy, Repashy Shrimp Souffle and Blanche Zucchini (Fish and Shrimps are on a two week food rotation with the different types of food).
Future Tanks that are cycling:
10 Gallon - Dry Start Method using Dwarf Hairgrass being kept outside in my vegetable garden (just experimenting)
3 20 Gallon Longs for breeding
1 40 Gallon PBR/EBR species only tank
Spare Tanks stored away:
3.5, 5 hex, 10, 25T, 55g
- Be familiar with the Nitrogen Cycle
- You can never be an expert so keep learning, reading, and keep asking questions
- It's okay to disagree, but be respectful and know that there are other perspectives than yours
- Frequent/Consistent Water Changes is a must in this hobby
- Always research the fish you want and see if they are compatible with your tank, never buy a fish with the intentions to upgrade in the future.
My parents: For instilling the passion that I have for animals, for always allowing me to bring home strays.
My sisters: For always listening to me and my crazy ideas and then empowering me to take action.
My partner: Thank you for listening to me as my possibility and not as my identity.
Fishlore members: A big thanks to the creator of Fishlore, the moderators, and all the members that I've come to know, without you, I wouldn't have been able to experience this great aquatic community and share my passion for fishes and shrimps.
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