Back to aquarium hobby after many years

Hi! Here, a 60-year-old engineer writes about his aquarium hobby. My blog will focus on the creation of a small aquarium and the problems around the subject that are per dozen.

I have to analyze and investigate all kinds of issues related to how to make an aquarium, and how to take care of it, such as:

  • How do you set up an aquarium?
  • Is it easy to handle?
  • What fish is suitable for a small aquarium?
  • Big or small aquarium?
  • Sand or a gravel base?
  • Internal or External Filter?
  • Soft or hard water, high or low pH?

You learn by doing. And I hope my learnings are useful to others. I like to share my experience so that you do not need the same mistakes like mine.

And I already had made lots of mistakes! My aquarium experience so far is based on school days, when I founded my first aquarium. A 40-liter catastrophe project ended up with the Platys overcrowding and the algae revival… But, fortunately, it did not kill my passion for this fascinating underwater activity, as aquariums still interest me.

After working and living for ages abroad in a multilingual environment (over 20 years in Austria and Dubai), I’m moving back home. It takes some time to get language back (and it wont be perfect anyway since my parents were from Germany). So it is a little bit like reverse culture shock. I apologize for it at this stage.

The subject of the blog will range from aquarium management to a broader range of aquatic sciences and phenomena, and what I now think is aquariums interesting.

I try to set my tone in a way that is ideal for beginners (as I’m a beginner myself), but it also offers something to chew to more experienced aquarium enthusiasts.

I’ve been using different kinds of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software through my previous worklife like Ideas, Catia and Solidworks. Now that I use CAD more for hobby, it’s free options like Draftsight and SketchUp. So after using all that stuff, this WordPress is totally different, but hopefully not that hard to learn.