05-16-2005, 08:54 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
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| | Hello from Federal Way Washington!
Hello from Federal Way Washington! My name is Charles and I live about 15 miles south of Seattle. I am originally from Sioux City Iowa; then moved around the country including Charleston South Carolina, Colorado Springs Colorado, and Sacramento California—before arriving in Washington State.
I think I have had a few aquariums going wherever I have lived for the last 25 years or so, but never ventured into the planted tank realm—not seriously anyway. Part of the reason for that is that fact that I am a lifelong Cichlid enthusiast—by that I mean the big South American kind. It’s always been Jack Dempsy’s, Firemouths, Managuense and the like. Can you imagine what a full grown Managuense would do to a planted tank? I had one such fish for 15 years and the aquarium it was in looked like the surface of the moon. Nothing less than a large rock could survive or remain in place. As much as I like those fish I always felt something was missing and when that grand old fish passed on I jumped into the planted tank arena.
I spent some time reading stuff from many sources and started putting some of it into action—and that’s when I found out that I am a beginner and not intermediate like I thought! I’ve been at it for about 3 months now and am starting to make some headway and yet there is much to learn. I feel fortunate to have found this board and the wealth of information and experience contained within. I look forward to learning and contributing in future discussions!