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What does everyone do for work? It's always interesting to see what everyone in the hobby does for a living!

I own a Portrait Photography Studio, I co-own a video production agency, and I have my YouTube channel (which mostly pays for the tanks). 

Today I'm chilling at a Fire station doing headshots! 

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I occasionally do some work for the lab of Dr. David Tarpy at North Carolina State University (like gluing number tags to the thorax every bee in a colony so the honey bee's movements can be tracked i

I am the groundskeeper for my local school system. I make sure all of our school grounds are kept up, grass mowed, bushes trimmed, snow plowed. Most of the time is spent on athletic fields, four footb

I sell honeybees to beekeepers. My busiest times are Winter and Spring because I have to get ready for the Spring rush when beekeepers restock from their winter loses. I don't sell honey, which i

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I'm a buyer for a large global company specializing in industrial gas compression equipment, working on our repair side of the business. When equipment at a refinery or oxygen plant goes down, I get to be they guy who gets all the parts delivered next-day so a repair team can get them back up and running. So I get to do a lot of global import from China, India, Austria, Germany, etc. When @Cory talks about working with factories in China to make the next great Co-Op product, he's speaking my language.

 

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I sell honeybees to beekeepers. My busiest times are Winter and Spring because I have to get ready for the Spring rush when beekeepers restock from their winter loses.

I don't sell honey, which is what people usually associate with beekeeping, but I do collect a little to give to the landowners where I have my principle outyards.

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Cool thread idea, @Bay Area Aquatics! I'm the content strategist and blog writer for Aquarium Co-Op. I used to make marketing content for engineering companies, and now I get to do it for freshwater aquariums, so this is like my dream job. 😁 You can read my profile (and other people's profiles) on the Aquarium Co-Op Meet the Team page:

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Aquarium Co-Op’s strength is our community of staff and customers. Our team consists of experienced hobbyists to bring you the best information & service.

 

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3 minutes ago, Daniel said:

I sell honeybees to beekeepers. My busiest times are Winter and Spring because I have to get ready for the Spring rush when beekeepers restock from their winter loses.

How cool! I heard that honeybee populations were mysteriously declining in the US... did they ever figure out why and find out how to stop it?

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I run a medical equipment company work 8-5 + and then I love my fishes and sell them to fellow hobbyists to help with the fish obsession!

 

Excited to see what other do for work along with fish keeping! 

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I picked a harsh time to try and switch careers in a new state, I had been a firefighter for 10 years where the money was there but not the time to keep fish. Now it's the reverse! So in Oregon you can get a refund of 10c for bottles and cans when you recycle them. We don't drink alcohol anymore but stack up plenty of seltzer water cans and that $$$ gets put away for fish stuff. 

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46 minutes ago, Irene said:

How cool! I heard that honeybee populations were mysteriously declining in the US... did they ever figure out why and find out how to stop it?

I occasionally do some work for the lab of Dr. David Tarpy at North Carolina State University (like gluing number tags to the thorax every bee in a colony so the honey bee's movements can be tracked individually).

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Above: Putting number tags on bees                                       Above: Numbered bees

He is one one the leading scientist studying what came to be called 'Colony Collapse Disorder'. He came to the conclusion there wasn't any one cause. Winter losses happen every year (it is the basis of my business). Our current winter losses of honey bee colonies are close to the historical average over the last century.

The introduction of varroa mites in the 1990's has probably been the largest single factor in recent winter losses but they can be controlled with management practices.

Just like one of the biggest threats to the well being of tropical fish are fishkeepers, one of the biggest threats to honey bees are beekeepers.🙂 Did you know that each winter over 2 million of the 2.5 million honey bee colonies in the US are loaded on to semi-trucks and moved to from places like Maine, and Florida (actually every state) to California to pollinate the almond crop? Each semi-load is worth about $90,000 in fees for the beekeeper and is a very important source of income.

The loss of honey bees makes for a good story in the press, but honey bees themselves (which are non-native invasive insects from Eurasia) are doing just fine.

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I do 3D Mechanical Drafting and Design for a power transmission company. Transmission as verb meaning we supply equipment for connecting industrial equipment together, turbines to generators, etc. 

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8 minutes ago, MickS77 said:

I do 3D Mechanical Drafting and Design for a power transmission company. Transmission as verb meaning we supply equipment for connecting industrial equipment together, turbines to generators, etc. 

 

I use Fusion 360 for setting up milling processes. My guess is you use big boy CAD. What program(s) do you design in?

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I am a retired paralegal specialist of over 25 years, and another 7 years in the USAF and  >10 years of miscellaneous administrative jobs. I funded my startup costs with vacation money that wasn't used this year. I'm glad I saved a lot for that would-be vacay (for over a year and a half), because I had zero fish stuff of any sort and probably went slightly overboard - hahahaha! I can absorb the monthly cost into my budget, especially when the fish provide free mental health and entertainment services! 

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I’m not as interesting as ya’ll.  I retired from the USAF in 2010, and turned around to get a job as a Civil Servant working for the USAF.  currently I’m a requirements manage, meaning I help the “war fighter” define what is needed, then partner with the acquisitions program office to ensure what gets delivered meets those requirements.  
 

sounds better than real life.

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I am a retired paralegal specialist of over 25 years, and another 7 years in the USAF and  >10 years of miscellaneous administrative jobs. I funded my startup costs with vacation money that wasn't used this year. I'm glad I saved a lot for that would-be vacay (for over a year and a half), because I had zero fish stuff of any sort and probably went slightly overboard - hahahaha! I can absorb the monthly cost into my budget, especially when the fish provide free mental health and entertainment services! 

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I knew I liked you.  

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Corporate machine cog here. I'm a proposal manager for a large corporation - basically managing the process of writing compliant, compelling proposals to government agencies to bring in revenue across all business units. So it's mostly management, part marketing, part copy-editing, part tattletale. I get to work from home, so gives me more time to spend with my aquariums.

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I work in a kennel which leaves me with a pretty small budget. A lot of my stock comes from trading with locals and getting friendly with my two preferred LFS. They've definitely given me some odds and ends (mostly sponges but occasionally fry) for free just because they know that I try to buy something every time I come in.

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I'm in medical school! Lol, so I just keep borrowing money to fund my hobby. I file it under "mental health" costs as it keeps me sane and happy! I also walk dogs on the side and *try* to limit my spending based on how much side cash I make from that. 

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3 hours ago, Bay Area Aquatics said:

What does everyone do for work? It's always interesting to see what everyone in the hobby does for a living!

I own a Portrait Photography Studio, I co-own a video production agency, and I have my YouTube channel (which mostly pays for the tanks). 

Today I'm chilling at a Fire station doing headshots! 

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We should meet sometime. I’m in Gilroy.

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Originally went to school to be an automotive engineer before I had the boneheaded idea to be a chef instead. Worked at a very well regarded restaurant for 2 years then helped open 2 new restaurants in 2 years then started at a luxury retirement community about a year ago. I also run a knife sharpening business that is where most of my spending money comes from. Also trying to start a breeding for profit setup so the hobby can fund itself. 

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I work at a marketing firm as kind of the top troubleshooter. Went from website design to weird solutions to managing finances and IT and service tech stack. Like others I chalk the hobby up to “mostly cheaper than therapy”. It’s nice to have some low-stress things to tweak, optimize and manage and watch thrive.  

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I'm a lab manager and research scientist at the University of Washington. We study the crosstalk between the innate and adaptive immune systems using cool tools like lasers, confocal microscopes, fluorescently tagged antibodies, and so on. But on a daily basis I am doing such a wide range of tasks ranging from IT, chemistry, biology, genetics, equipment repair, statistical analysis, regulatory paperwork and logistics all the way to a level of mentorship that can feel like providing therapy, that it feels like my title could maybe just be jill of all trades.

An appallingly messy bench from a few years ago (not mine):

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A fluorescently stained section of tumor (mine!):

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I got back into the hobby this year. I was diagnosed, and successfully beat so far, breast cancer. A friend gifted me a 30g full setup. I have always loved fish, water, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, etc. I used to have a 55g cichlid tank, but that was over 15 years ago. This time I went for a more relaxing planted community setup. I am a nurse practitioner, so I have budgeted for plants, fish, supplies. A little at a time. 

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3 hours ago, ChefConfit said:

Originally went to school to be an automotive engineer before I had the boneheaded idea to be a chef instead. Worked at a very well regarded resta3for 2 years then helped open 2 new restaurants in 2 years then started at a luxury retirement community about a year ago. I also run a knife sharpening business that is where most of my spending money comes from. Also trying to start a breeding for profit setup so the hobby can fund itself. 

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I train horses,  give lessons, and barn manager at a boarding facility in California. I've had a tank for 30 years but my 27 year old mean catfish died last spring. He wouldn't let me have any more, I gave up years ago. So during lockdown this summer and with the help of aquarium co op I learned a lot and set up 2 community planted tanks.

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I'm a foundryman specialising in the Investment Casting process, also known as the Lost Wax process. I supervise a team that can produce anything from industrial components by the thousand, a one off prototype from a plastic 3D print or a one off bronze sculpture from a handmade clay model. We can cast many metals and their alloys including irons, steels, stainless steels, aluminium alloys, brasses and bronzes. We also use the greensand method so there's not a lot we can't cast. In fact the company motto is 'You ask, we cast'. Check us out here, there's a little video too... https://www.castingshop.co.nz/

My tasks are many and varied but I mainly manage production, quality control and look after the metallurgical equipment to maintain it's accuracy. 

 

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I am a high school History teacher of 22 years.  I used to produce and direct the plays for the HS as well until my children were born - family first.  It is here were I became an amateur carpenter as my wife likes to call me - I really enjoyed designing and building complex sets.   Now I specialize in Holocaust studies and sociology - Justice and Society class.  I spent some time doing union work serving the educator's were I worked.   It was after leaving that "part time work" that I discovered the zen balance my life lacked - fish keeping.  What a joy it has been.  Thank the lord my wife has been supportive.

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8 hours ago, Daniel said:

I sell honeybees to beekeepers. My busiest times are Winter and Spring because I have to get ready for the Spring rush when beekeepers restock from their winter loses.

I don't sell honey, which is what people usually associate with beekeeping, but I do collect a little to give to the landowners where I have my principle outyards.

Wow very important work. Most people don’t realize how incredible bees are.

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28 minutes ago, Raeburn said:

I'm a foundryman specialising in the Investment Casting process, also known as the Lost Wax process. I supervise a team that can produce anything from industrial components by the thousand, a one off prototype from a plastic 3D print or a one off bronze sculpture from a handmade clay model. We can cast many metals and their alloys including irons, steels, stainless steels, aluminium alloys, brasses and bronzes. We also use the greensand method so there's not a lot we can't cast. In fact the company motto is 'You ask, we cast'. Check us out here, there's a little video too... https://www.castingshop.co.nz/

My tasks many and varied but I mainly manage production, quality control and look after the metallurgical equipment to maintain it's accuracy. 

 

 

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I’ve got a county desk job. It’s allowed me to have disposable income for the first time since I left the retail world.

I’ve started farming plants to supplement my income, but I doubt I will ever break even lol.

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For the last 40 years I have been a National Certified Interpreter for the Deaf. Hence my logo means interpret in American Sign Language.

I have kept aquariums most of my life. I did take a 19 year break. When my ex husband declared that the 6 foot tank was his! Ha! I made sure I had re homed most of my fishies before I drove off into the sunset..... Taking the Python with me! He didn’t know the difference between an air stone and a rock.... I wonder how long it took him to bail that tank.  LOL

Cory and Aquarium Co-Op have been such an inspiration to me. I love playing with my 3 tanks.  Having a blast raising Corydoras and Mystery Snails. I love all of the Ziss breeding equipment.

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after leaving school i did an apprenticeship in sheetmetal but hated being in a factory so as soon as i did my time i got out and have driven trucks ever since. currently driving a UD prime mover auto air con sound system the works nothing like when i started 20 years ago with unairconditioned road ranger international accos that cooked you on a 40c day.i do some fairly long hours but do very few weekends so it still leaves plenty of fish time if not much $$$

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2 hours ago, Daniel said:

Like the tooling you would use in say, a HAAS mini-mill?

We build the actual machines.  CNC Routers, Plasma cutters, Laser cutters, water jet cutters, and knife cutters,  Occasionally we run up against HAAS on a router deal but we do not make mills or lathes.

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I work in IT and have for the past ~25 years since leaving the army. Worked for almost 20 years at Microsoft in IT management and now am working a much more relaxing job as a helpdesk technician. Way more free time to spoil my fishy friends 🙂

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