How Long Have You Been in the Hobby?

How long have you been in the hobby?

  • Under 1 year

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 1-3 years

    Votes: 1 4.8%
  • 3-5 years

    Votes: 1 4.8%
  • 5-10 years

    Votes: 5 23.8%
  • 10-15 years

    Votes: 5 23.8%
  • 15 or more years

    Votes: 9 42.9%

  • Total voters
I happened to stumble upon some pictures of mine today of my first large saltwater tank 8 years ago, and it got me thinking. I then looked back and discovered my first saltwater tank was set up almost 9 years ago! Prior to that I had freshwater tanks for maybe 5 years.

My tanks throughout the years:
Fluval Spec V

JBJ 12G Nanocube

75G marineland

28G Biocube

60G Cube

How long have you been in the hobby, and what made you start the hobby?
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Got my first FOWLR tank in 1998. Took it to college with me and moved it every year, sometimes multiple times per year, from apartment to apartment. Did the same thing when I moved to Chicago and moved almost every year.

Bought a condo in 2011 and knew I’d be more settled. That’s when I started doing bigger tasks with corals.