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12-10-2019, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome, yaíll.

A bit about me:

Iím 50 years old, a father to three teen/tweens (15, 13, 11), and live in Coastal California. When I was a kid in rural Idaho, my family had a 20 gallon high aquarium with an undergravel filter we bought from a local mom-and-pop fish store. We had the usual fish store fish in it. I spent a lot of time next to that aquarium in an easy doing my junior high and high school homework. I think thatís a big part of my love of fishkeeping now: wonder. Itís a big driver for any of my other hobbies too. Iím into grafting and discovering forgotten apple varieties. Into gardening/composting. Also into pottery (yes, Iíll make my own discus breeding cones).

I first discovered SimplyDiscus way back in its founding days in the early 2000ís. My younger brother had gotten me into bigger tanks and single-fish raising. At the time, my fish addiction was breaking even financially by raising and selling angels and corys to LFSís at ridiculously low prices. I was really into breeding wild-phenotype angelfish, corydoras (pandas and sterbai), and had some discus I was growing out and hoping for a pair or two. During this time I also build a large plywood fishtank and wrote my experiences up for SimplyDiscus. Back then I was wall_o_fish, and you can still see my earlier posts and my writeup (but no pics; I guess the internet ate them). I understand that uarujoey is on this forum now? Heís the aquarium DIY king, as far as Iím concerned! Iíve watched hours of his YouTube channel.

Right about the time I started forming a discus pair, I had to move several states away for school. It broke my heart to sell all my discus for the move to Iowa. I kept my plywood tank, some corys, a few sturisoma, and some geophagus altifrons, which seemed hardy enough to endure the move.

Not long after moving, I married a bright-eyed, cute woman from suburban Southern California. She didnít care for my aquarium hobby (well, any of my hobbies, really) or my course of study. I was foolish to do so, but I eventually gave up far too much in an effort to preserve my family. You know how this one ends, but I didnít at the time. Hopefully the divorce will be final by the end of this calendar year; none of it was my idea. Cross your fingers yaíll, itís been dragging on for almost three years.

I was considering calling my homesteader section ďScottís Registered Therapy FishĒ because thatís really the way I see them. I finally have the freedom to really pursue this hobby, so Iím going to do it. Iíve found that lots has changed online since I left the hobby, so I welcome all recommendations for reputable suppliers of fish, food, and equipment/supplies.

Right now, I have ZERO discus. My dream discus has always been the iconic one in SimplyDiscusís header. Some names that match up are Santerems, Cuipera, Jacarecappa . . . that whole vibe. I understand the foibles of geographically named discus, so I put the emphasis on the look. My ideal situation would be to buy a proven pair of these from someone -- either wild caught or F1 from different parents and raise this line for the next five or so years with appropriate outcrosses to keep the genetics robust. Iím less excited at the prospect of growing them out. Thatís over a yearís worth of water changes. :-)

So, this will be a journey. I'll post photos of tank setups and fish as they come in. I'm not in a hurry, and I'm sure you're not either.



12-10-2019, 02:54 PM
That is quite a bio in short words. You're a good writer.

I'm happy to hear that your love of fish has endured. I'm looking forward to reading about your journey.

12-10-2019, 02:55 PM
Hi Scott and a warm welcome back, from down under!:D

Iím so happy for you that you can finally get back into what you love. Itís such a good feeling being able to dive back into an old hobby. Looking forward to seeing posts and pics as you progress and hope the divorce is all over soon.

12-10-2019, 03:17 PM
Thanks for the compliment, Liz! I do like writing. :-)

12-11-2019, 01:20 AM
Look forward to seeing your creative endeavors (both fishkeeping and writing) unfold. My fish have always been therapeutic for me, too. Probably for lots of us. Hope it continues that way and that you enjoy the process. :thumbsup:

12-11-2019, 01:36 AM
My fish have always been therapeutic for me, too. Probably for lots of us. :thumbsup:

Amen to that

12-11-2019, 01:20 PM
Welcome back!

I'm looking forward to following your progress as you begin this journey, renewed. :)