Hello. My name is Paul and I’m a former GWAPA member from several years ago. If you don’t want to read this entire post, please feel free to skip the first two paragraphs.
Some of you may remember me. I’m happy to see several names I recognize; Kris, Sean, Viktor, Christy, Jen, Jim, Ghanzafar, to name a few. When I was in GWAPA, I had five tanks ranging from 10g to 90g, and like some of you, I spent an absurd amount of money on them. I enjoyed it very much but my interests changed when I got the motorcycle I had always wanted. I joined a motorcycle riding club and soon after, sold off all my tanks and equipment. I’ve had a lot of fun with it over the past several years, riding thousands of miles throughout the nearby states and, as with GWAPA, I met many fine people along the way. Sadly, after a few recent close calls - and pants changes - I decided the time had come to hang up my helmet, sell the bike, and find something less dangerous.
Recently, I picked a 5.5g for a little nano tank. I started with just a cheap starter kit for 20 bucks from Petsmart, a bag of Eco-Complete, and heater. It quickly became apparent that I needed a better light so I replaced the crappy plastic hood with a new glass lid and an inexpensive - but very bright - LED strip. Then some manzanita wood from eBay. Now, it’s CO2. I can’t spend the big bucks on a GLA regulator so I’m considering an AquaTek ‘Premium’ regulator from eBay (includes the solenoid, bubble counter, and pin valve). For now, I'm getting an adapter to fit a paintball CO2 tank until I find a cheap 5lb tank somewhere. I'm also getting CO2 hose, diffuser, ferts, aqua-scaping tools, and a few other miscellaneous items. And, of course plants!
I would like to buy some nice some small plants such as Dwarf Baby Tears or Dwarf Hair grass. small Crypts, or perhaps other nice plants well suited for a nano. Eventually, I'll add a few cherry shrimp after the tank is established. If you have any of these plants to sell, please let me know and I’ll try to make the next meeting to buy them. Thanks and perhaps I'll see you again soon.