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Hi, I'm Ichthyogeek!

« posted: 3 years ago »
Hello everybody, my name's ichthyogeek (or ichthyo, ichthy, but never ich). I have absolutely no experience when it comes to keeping syngnathids, but have read up on their care almost religiously. I almost got into keeping a pair of H. erectus in a 29 gallon a few years ago, but backed out because I realized I didn't have the time/effort to give these fish the care they deserve (6-8 mysis 2x a day per seahorse on an AP heavy school schedule...ugh). Given that I'm headed to college in the fall, I'm glad that I never bought the seahorses, as my parents would probably feed them flake food... Currently, I keep freshwater nano fish, and a reef tank, which I'm hoping will survive my move to college. One day I hope that I'll be able to keep seahorses, pipefish, and maybe a leafy sea dragon or two (once they become more widely cared for and captive breeding takes off).  My interests in the hobby have always been about fish, and fish breeding is something I'm an avid fan of, but have only recently gotten hooked this year. I'll probably hang around the forum giving links and paraphrasing from them due to lack of hands-on experience, or asking questions about compatibility and hypothetical setups that pop up in my mind.
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« Reply #1 posted: 3 years ago »
Welcome to fusedjaw.com, Ichthyogeek! We're excited to have you. It sounds like we're kindred spirits; you sound like you have fish in your bones.

That's awesome to hear you waited on the seahorses. It frequently goes the other way. Waiting is definitely the right thing to do.

I'm a fish breeder through and through - I like corals, but my interest definitely lies with the fish side of things. So tell me a little about what you're keeping and what you're breeding?

So what are you going to school for? It doesn't happen to be related to fish, does it?
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« Reply #2 posted: 3 years ago »
I'm going to school for...well, I'm actually debating between medicine(allergies), marine biology(for the fish), and computer science. Originally, I wanted to be a marine biologist for the fish, mainly focusing on reef fish and their propogation (basically aquaculture). However, the job market seems so small, and the number of people with those degrees seems so big, that I'm kind of intimidated by it. At least with CS and medicine, I know that I can have a stable, profitable job that can fund me in retirement so I can focus onthe fish  :)
So the thing is, I'm actually moving far, far away from home for college, so breeding fish will have to wait for the moment. My college doesn't let me keep aquariums either, which I'm kinda bummed about. My thinking, is that I can keep the tanks running throughout the year with the help of my parents, and when I'm back for summer and winter break, I'll be able to start up the breeding processes.
On the freshwater side of the hobby, I'm trying to get cherry shrimp, Danio tinwini and Corydoras pygmaeus to breed out of a single group of three each. The fish are currently outside, but before I move, I'll put them in a very nice 29 gallon tank that I'm DSM'ing at the moment. I'm thinking that I'll try to increase their schools during winter, and maybe add some Boraras brigittae to the mix as well. I've only recently been hit by the bug, so the only fish I've managed to grow to maturity are a single platy, convict cichlids, and white cloud mountain minnows. Out of those three, I've pond bred the platies, and minnows, and the convict cichlids were the only ones to truly be tank bred.
On the saltwater side of the hobby, I'm going to try and get in some juvenile pairs/trios of the following: zebra dartfish, Chrysiptera hemicyanea, Bangga cardinalfish, and Stonogobiops nematodes. Additionally, I'm hoping that I can also work with Alpheus randalli pistol shrimp as well. I'm going to try to get in the fish in the previous weeks so I can acclimate them to a 55 gallon display tank before I leave. As I go through college, I'm going to work with the fish from easy to hard, selling the offspring so that I can fund the next year's efforts (Banggais, then damselfish, followed by gobies, and finally dartfish).
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« Reply #3 posted: 3 years ago »
Welcome :) I would recommending going after a BA in marine biology, for the same reasons you stated I chose not to and everyday now I still look back and wished I did it differently lol!

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« Reply #4 posted: 3 years ago »
I was going to say the opposite. Almost everyone I know who went into the sciences has warned me not to because you just can't make money - at least without selling your soul. I was a web designer for a number of years who dreamed of going back school for the sciences and I can't count the number of people have told me "don't do it! You make way more than you could hope to doing what we do!"

That being said, I've been considering going back to school for a biology major for quite some time now. :)

That's a bummer that your college doesn't let you keep any aquariums. I would think at least a desktop aquarium would be okay... Booo! BTW, what part of the country are you going to school in? The MBI Workshop is in two weeks in Michigan, and if you want to do some marine breeding, this is the place to be. I went to it for the first time last year and it was by far the best aquarium event I've been to so far.
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« Reply #5 posted: 3 years ago »
I'm headed to California for college! I think the aquarium restriction was in place before the whole water restriction due to drought happened though. However, they said nothing about plants in aquaria, just no animals...and even then, they can't object to dry plants (DSM, hehehe...).

I figure that if I make enough money, and save appropriately, I can get enough money to fund me during retirement, and work on fish breeding after I retire from work. And I can always have a few tanks here and there anyways.
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