Biggest influences in getting you started..

leslie hempel

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hey guys i was just wondering who your biggest influences were that inspired you to start this "HABIT"...

im talking local guys around the corner that might not even know that they had such a big impact in getting you started...

mine were the following

ashley rasmussen. fish only hes the guy that got me started
ivan hartwell. butterfly specialist now shell diver
wayne hariss: angel guru
mark taberer: softes and anemones

the rest were just pictures in books and the desire to achieve the same....
 

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Wow Les i been in the hobby so long [fresh water] i cant even remember. After breeding discus i guess i needed to move on, i would say Sean H. was my big influence pushing me into the dark side.
 

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FW tanks from as long as i can remember,im talking like from 3years old when my dad got me my first glodfish.ok ive been in FOWLR for like 13 years after catching a racoon butterfly in a rockpool in umhlanga.ended up about 2 years back with a reef tank after seeing Marco's setup.so total like 15 years with saltwater
 

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My father. He kept tanks 30+ years ago. When I was old enough I started diving with him catching fish for the tank. After he died I started a small tank of my own in his memory, and have never stopped.
 

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Biggest influence I would say was the British Mag ,Practical Fishkeeping.I have been reading it since the late 80`s.
 

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Mmmmm my biggest influences.

Horsfield - He threatened to put fish in my bath if I did not set up the old tank in my garage. He obviously wanted to start diving again and was too lazy to set up his own tank.

Leslie Hempel - You you bugger. You built a tank for Horsfield after he eventually decided to get one as well. Horsfield took me along to help fetch it. When I saw your original tank I thought "Well if I can achieve 30% of that I would be happy" So I tried. Now 2 years later.
 

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Hi all - I don't know - I am the odd one out in my family.... I always used to LOVE water, the rivers, dams, the sea, the oceans.... When I was about 6 or 7 I saw the movie "20000 leagues under the sea"... and since then I wanted to SCUBA dive. I always kept fresh-water fish (I cannot remember when I started - I know it's about 20 years ago +-).... When we lived in Ramsgate I built my own crappy old tank from scrap glass - I also then caught my own fish. Only had normal fluorescents as lights - and no "live rock" or power-heads in the tank - Fish Only with some pieces of collected dead rock (off the beach) and some sea-sand. No sump, only underground filters.....

So - I must say pictures and books and stuff on TV influenced me the most (AND of course the sea and what I saw while snorkeling)...
 

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I didn't really have any big influences, but it all started when I went to the old Durban aquarium one weekend, hadn't been there for a couple of years, saw a beautiful Malawian cichlid cube with white sand and blue lights, nicely coloured fish. I wanted one, so when I got home I started searching the net for some info, g4y forum popped up, signed up, the rest is history. So ultimately it was the nice cichlid tank at the Durban aquarium that got me started.
 

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Been keeping FW for like forever. And when I moved to the West Rand from the East Rand, had to change LFS's. That's when I met Ryan van der Merwe and I suppose it's watching his marine stock every weekend when buying FW stuff that made me decide to get my first marine nano.
 

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The ocean has been in my blood since i was just a little swimmer. Marines would never remember just always had fish in the house, Reef system, was surfing in bali when i got my first real taste of corals. The rest as we say is history.
 

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Kinda :p (well it helped convince the minister of finances anyway)

I kept and bred freshwater fish as a kid. LFS was on the way home from school and I walked so I would visit and get in the way every day :p Then got out of the hobby temporarily. Bought the gf that small jebo tank, that quickly grew to 3 tanks and 3 "bowls". I always thought marine fish were a million times prettier, just as a kid never had the money. Now I have a credit card :(
 

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That darn little 50L Jebo Nano at the LFS that looked sooooo healthy.. ( Only to discover later, they were doing major water changes on it behind the scenes.) :)
 

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Mmmmm my biggest influences.

Horsfield - He threatened to put fish in my bath if I did not set up the old tank in my garage. He obviously wanted to start diving again and was too lazy to set up his own tank.

Leslie Hempel - You you bugger. You built a tank for Horsfield after he eventually decided to get one as well. Horsfield took me along to help fetch it. When I saw your original tank I thought "Well if I can achieve 30% of that I would be happy" So I tried. Now 2 years later.
stop it im blushing;)
 

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Well stop blushing, you still have a long way to go before reaching your former glory. :lol: Lets just say that if your tank was a flag pole it would only be flying half mast. But then again it will take a few years to reach the same maturity as the old one.
 

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Well stop blushing, you still have a long way to go before reaching your former glory. :lol: Lets just say that if your tank was a flag pole it would only be flying half mast. But then again it will take a few years to reach the same maturity as the old one.

and a shit load of cash....
 

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