let me introduce myself here.
I am Kingshuk, I am from kasba area.
I want to share with you a story here.
I started off my interest in fishkeeping years back( more like fishdumping-crowding now that I think of it), possibly 10 years back.
I have an aquarium, which is a vertical cylindrical type...it was given as a gift.( its primarily a ornamental side table actually)
anyhow, it measures 1 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet in height.. holds about 28 liters of water.
back then i was super-excited with it.. had absolutely no idea about the intricacies of fishkeeping, and as a result, my fishes died pretty soon.
I didn't have any access to internet back then, so couldn't "read around" or get professional help either.( and the LFS ..well, you can understand)
now that we have the power of internet, and wonderful forums like this, and after gaining a fair bit of knowledge from digging around.. I realized what went wrong.
I will not list the things I did wrong, which is everything really..
thing is, my mollies even gave a fry batch in those adverse conditions.. and obviously all of them died..
eventually I was pretty traumatized ( I am a bit soft hearted when it comes to any living thing..even plants).. that I gave up and forgot about the whole thing.. and bore a bit of guilt feeling and pain all through these years..
but life became quite busy after that, and I couldn't invest time in it anymore..
eventually, I got married, and after settling a bit with both life and career, my wife encouraged me to take up this again..
but I was determined, that this time I will learn as much as possible before playing with the lives of the beautiful creatures.
this time I will do right by them and hopefully they will live out their full lives happily.
so here goes to the reboot and a second shot..
now I know, the kind of aquarium i have is pretty small.. the smallest in fact for a hobby, and the shape is not ideal either for beginners.
but I also read around the basic minimum that can be done even with these..
I am prepared to do the increased frequency of maintenance tasks..
its currently cycling..I intend to add fishes after about 6 to 7 weeks from the start of cycling..
I do have a few queries though.. even after going through as much as i could for the last 2 months.. which I will post in a separate thread, as this is just a intro thread..
I can also post a pic of what i set up if any one you is interested..
I am just feeling thankful, that I have got access to such an wonderful forum now, who are more acquainted with the local conditions and have loads of experience i can share..
hope it goes well, wish me luck