Poll: Was there a single fish or coral that brought you into the hobby?

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by Jrain904, May 14, 2018.

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  1. Yes - I saw a particular fish and was hooked - (Describe in thread)

    69 vote(s)
    19.4%
  2. Yes - I saw a particular coral and was hooked - (Describe in thread)

    19 vote(s)
    5.3%
  3. No - Nothing particular - just always wanted a tank

    231 vote(s)
    64.9%
  4. Other

    37 vote(s)
    10.4%
  1. Jrain904

    Jrain904 Member

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    For me it was a panther grouper. I was in high school and at the time had a 75 gallon freshwater aquarium with local bluegill and other random fish. When visiting a LFS I happened to see a panther grouper and subsequently made the switch to SW.
     
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  2. chris85

    chris85 Active Member

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    Yellow tang when I was about 6.
     
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    Female bipartus leopard wrasse and euphyllia were the two biggest ones for me.
     
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  4. DSC reef

    DSC reef Coral wasted R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    The first fish I saw that got me wanting to upgrade to saltwater was a coral beauty angelfish. The purple and orange were stunning.
     
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    A midas and bluespot. They are still my favorite
     
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    tiggs Active Member

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    Powder Blue Tang for sure. The Australian variety with the more intense blue, specifically. I've only had one in my lifetime, but it was a 7" show quality specimen that I hated to part with when moving outta state.
     
  7. Bob Weigant

    Bob Weigant Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Just wrasses in general. Love em
     
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  8. mochaclownlover

    mochaclownlover Well-Known Member

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    I'm not very unique, the occelaris clownfish, from the second I saw one(I was about 7) I wanted one.
     
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  9. Salty.Reefer

    Salty.Reefer Well-Known Member

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    I went to a pet store to get a chameleon for my birthday when I was 13. I saw a frag tank and fell in love with acans and zoas. before that I never knew the private sales of corals was even a thing!
    After that I sold all my lizards and went full saltwater.
     
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    blueface Active Member

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    Adult Blueface Angel
     
  11. NY_Caveman

    NY_Caveman Troglodyte R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus)

    EDIT: I should note this was in 1989.
     
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  12. Tonysi

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    Queen angel did it for me
     
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  13. Mark Gray

    Mark Gray Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor

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    My first fish was a Ocelles clown
     
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  14. OceanMariee

    OceanMariee New Member

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    I kept freshwater tanks as a teenager (still do), and I went to the local pet store to look around, and I saw a beautiful Mandarin dragonet. I was like, I'm gonna have one of those someday. It's still my holy grail fish. Maybe when my tank is more stable.
     
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    squampton Active Member

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    snowflake eel.
     
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  16. RichReef

    RichReef Member

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    Lionfish.
     
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    Rispa Valuable Member

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    Seahorses. My mom has always loved them and 10 years ago my sisters, cousins, and I all went out and got some off of Craigslist. I was better prepared than some, but not as prepared as I wish I was All in all it turned out okay. Oldest one lived to 7 or 8. I'm also glad I did it when I did instead of waiting. Her vision has gotten so bad she would not be able to see them now unless I got something like H. abdomalis.
     
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    Anthony Kochevar Member

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    Royal Gramma and Flame Angel.
     
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  19. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Cyber Monday Sponsor

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    Clownfish
     
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    Victoria M Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Clownfish with anenome, and a mandarin. I just had to have them!
     
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