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Hello Everyone From Longtime Fishkeeper

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by paulforel, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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    Hello,

    A few things about myself-

    I've been keeping freshwater Tropical Fish since 1964 (I'm 58);

    My largest tank was an 85 gal aquarium w/Oscars, a Pleco and Shovelnose Cat. The Oscars all grew up to about ten or eleven inches as did the Pleco.

    Later on I changed the tank to an all-Cichlid aquarium; all pugnacious fish but the tank was in balance....until I added a Pike.

    What a mistake! Never put a Pike in with other fish- it was not long before he ruled the roost and the rest of my fish were looking for foxholes in which to hide...

    During my tour in Vietnam I was assigned to a base camp job for a while so I grabbed up some mosquito netting and fished out, from the rice paddy, two three spot Gouramis and a Paradise Fish which I kept in a pickle jar.

    Back in about '67 I had a mated pair of Portalegrensis Cichlids which had so many babies for a few weeks I was trading the babies for Brine Shrimp and Tubifex Worms!

    Other than that, I'm just another aquarist.

    Attached is one of my past aquariums. It was very thickly planted and no, the Betta did not nip at the Guppies!

    Best to Everyone- may all your aquariums stay in balance for ever!
     
  2. YellowCichlid

    YellowCichlid New Member

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    Welcome you've been in the hobby for a pretty long time
     
  3. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    Welcome to The Exotic Fish.

    What are you currently keeping ?
     
  4. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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    Yes, I have. I consider keeping Tropical Fish fascinating.

    And as everyone knows, success is in the details!

    Here's another try at uploading a picture of one of my past aquariums.

    You can see I still need to learn how to take photos of aquariums, LOL...
    http://www.theexoticfish.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3130
     
  5. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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  6. BobV

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    welcome, Paul...I'm a 'Nam vet, too... 67-68 Air Force
     
  7. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Welcome to The Exotic Fish Forum Paulforel!

    :D Please make yourself feel right at home sharing and learning with the rest of us, we're definitely a friendly bunch!

    :confused: If you’re having trouble finding something or need help you can contact myself (MOD_Dawn), Anthony or Jake through pm and we'll gladly help you ;)

    :D Also, if/when you get a chance be sure to post some photos/videos of your setup/setups.

    -> The following link will lead you directly to our photo/video section Aquarium Photos - Show off your Tank Forum
     
  9. Guidoman888

    Guidoman888 New Member

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    Welcome to the forum. Thats a whilce that you keep fish :)
     
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  11. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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    Thanks to everyone for their Welcome notes!
     
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    ira Member

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  14. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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    Ira and imtiazahmed....thanks to both of you! Appreciated!

    imtiazahmed, do you have any ornamental tropical fish native to your area?
     
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  17. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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    Hi, CA Cowgirl....

    I'm from Redondo Beach.....


    Moved here to TX for a few months and then back to Sew Kal...



    Paul
     
  18. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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    Thanks, S!
     
  19. California Cowgirl

    California Cowgirl New Member

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    very cool! TX and So Cal is a HUGE difference, how ya taking the change
     
  20. paulforel

    paulforel Thread Starter New Member

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    Well, I've been to TX a few times while in the military so I am not unfamiliar with the weather and stuff.

    But I would say were it not for my friend I'm visiting I'd not be here....

    AZ is next, I want to check out the Vortex!

    Then back to my beach....can't be w/o water!

    Oh, btw, my last name is Russian for 'trout'......

    Thanks,


    Paul