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Terry Tankersley, or Tank, as he is often called, is a frequent vendor at GCCA Swap Meets. Terry lives near the Wisconsin border and is active in the Milwaukee Aquarium Society.

Tank had posted an ad at the 2012 ACA Convention for 55-gallon polypropylene totes.  That sounded like just what I needed for some growout space but we were not able to connect at the convention. To my good fortune, Terry agreed to meet a week later and I drove to his house to see the totes. 

The totes are used, food-safe totes used in the pharmaceutical industry and they hold 55 gallons. They are heavy-duty plastic and double-walled. That appealed to me because I thought the double-wall would hold heat better. They are meant to be moved with a pallet jack, so they have feet which elevates them about 3 inches. Terry has about 100 totes and they are inexpensive at 3 for $100 or $35 each. I bought one but would have bought more if I could have fit them in my car. Unfortunately, I only had my Camry and I could fit just one in the back seat. I had contemplated taking my wife's minivan, but I would then have had to explain that I was buying more fish tanks. That, my friends, is fishkeepers Catch-22. Sharon doesn't know I bought the tote yet. Or another tank from Terry.

Terry was nice enough to show me his fishroom. He keeps a variety of fish and inverts including livebearers, cichlids, bettas, shrimp and snails. It was a great visit to a super nice guy. 

 

 

THE BALD TAX BLOG 

February 2012

Welcome!! You are reading the inaugural installment of The Bald Tax Blog!!  I hope to update this at the beginning of each month, day job permitting.  Selfishly, I intend on using this blog as a vehicle to journal my experiences with the fish I keep. Over the last few years, I have somewhat used the GCCA Forum as a means to this end, but I thought with the new online application our club has built-out, I would try and take advantage of documenting more. 

The other intent for this blog is (hopefully) to pass along my experiences to you, to help you set and reach your goals with this hobby and to avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls I have encountered.  But please note, I do not consider myself a fish-keeping expert in any regard, but just an avid hobbyist who loves cichlids.  Ten years does not sound like a long time with any hobby, but with keeping cichlids, or any fish, you encounter many different situations and events as you progress with a species, and those situations and events add up very quickly.

Who am I?  My name is Scott Womack and I have been a member of the GCCA for 9 years.  I am a simple tax accountant who discovered cichlids in 2001. I kept community fish as a kid and once had a55 gallontank in my firstChicagoarea apartment.  But then I got married, we bought a house, had a couple of kids, and every now and then I found myself drawn back to fish-keeping.  When we bought our house in 1996, my priority was a basement, thinking I wanted the space for “something.”  A fish tank was one strong possibility that I considered.  I sometimes wonder whether I would have been keeping cichlids if we had bought a house with no basement.

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