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Well, I've had aquariums since around 1965. My first was a metal framed 20 gallon freshwater that my dad got for the family. It stood on a wrought iron stand and had a bubble up drop in filter.

Started my own 55 gal saltwater in 1973 and have had some type of tank ever since. Currently I have a 200 gallon mixed reef (96"X24"x20"). It's a short 240 gallon.

I'm also a founding member and current president of the Florida Panhandle Reefkeepers Society. I'm happy to say that our group has gone from 8 individuals to over 50 paid members in slightly over it's first year.
 

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Well, I got your email and checked things out. It looked like you might be able to use some help in the reef tank area so I registered. Tried to post a FTS on this thread but found that you need 5 posts first. I'll probably have pics up by tomorrow.

Appreciate the welcome. The advice I've seen you folks provide so far has been right on the money.
 

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Thank you for sharing those lovely pictures and I want to welcome you. It is always nice to have another Saltwater tank hobbyist here.

Rose
 
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:) Your taking me back a ways with that metal framed tank, lol. wonder what our early fishkeeping friends now long gone would say if they could see all the new innovations in fishkeeping available today??? probably Humbug lol. anyway *w2 aboard and we look forward to hearing your stories and opinions here, as well as any of your members who decide to join us also.
 

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Thanks guys. Looks like you've got a really nice site here. Think I'll just settle in and add my two cents worth every now and then.

Jim if you really want to talk old times how about dolomite for the substrate and a handful of potting soil to start the cycle. When a damsel died, I pushed him under the substrate.

I actually did a slate bottomed, metal framed 55 gallon on a wrought iron stand. Freshwater set up with Marble veiled Angels. UG filter with airlifts, natural gravel, a nice south american biotope. Had it up for almost 2 years before the seals went. Sold the tank to a lady that wanted to make a terrarium out of it.

I think that folks who had tanks back in the 50s would be amazed by todays technology.
 
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