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Old 08-19-2008, 11:07 PM   #11
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I have gone through the "lag" in attention, but I find going on outtings with other local folks helps to inspire me. I always feel rejuvinated and hop right back in. If you feel it is a burden try joining a club or start a frag tank and sell the frags to folks in the area.
I feel if you are still doing your PWCs and top offs, you really don't want to give it up.
If nothing else, sell your live stock, take a break and keep your equipment. Maybe you can change your set up to something that interests you and your kids....
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:31 PM   #12
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hey lance, i don't think there is "spare time" with 3 kids. lol
Haha, he says as I am running up/down stairs between washing my 4 year olds hair, cleaning my sisters computer of malware. And as I ran by my 12 year old playing WII he asks if I can play with him.
I know I'm not the only one with kids but it was kinda funny to come back here and read that.
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I agree with the 'take it down and store it' recommendation. If the bug doesn't re-bite you sell the rest later.
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:43 PM   #14
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If nothing else, sell your live stock, take a break and keep your equipment.
I think if I go to that extent I'll just try to sell it all. If I ever got back into it again I'd want a setup that required much less work. As you can see below it's just a basic tank.

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Wow! I love your aquascaping! That LR looks great.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:25 AM   #16
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I think you should sell it. It's just a burden and you have to constantly look at it everyday. It doesn't give you joy and I don't think you should force yourself to try to enjoy it just because it cost a lot of money or would cost money to start it up again or for any other reason.

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Back in 2004 I had a really nice reef tank die because of two hurricanes that passed through my area. The only things to survive were my yellow tang, an ocellaris clown, a snail and a shrimp. Everything else died. After the initial shock I tried to restart the reef back up but later on I realised that my heart just wasn't in it anymore so I sold my new reef. The only fish I kept was my yellow tang (who I've had for 8 years now). I don't miss that tank one bit. One thing I did do was change direction. Instead of a reef I have a FOWLR with my YT, 2 three stripe damsels and a lunare wrasse. Very easy to care for. I have also found that I adore freshwater cichlids, specifically large central american cichlids. So the hobby has changed for me in many ways. Perhaps you are just tired of the reef? Would a FOWLR interest you at all? Maybe giving up saltwater is what you need......you could always change the tank over to fresh and go from there....
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When a hobby becomes something that's a burden, or you don't enjoy... it's time to rid yourself of it. People get into, and out of hobbies all the time. Life is too short, and kids are only kids for a short while. Take advantage of it while you can.
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Get the kids involved, if they have any interest in the tank. Even a toddler can dump out a container you premeasured the food/additive/salt into. Older children can actually be helpful. You shouldn't have to give up as much kids time to take care of the tank. Sure, it will take a bit longer to do the maintenance, but they'll have fun with you.
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Thanks for all the input everyone. Getting the kids involved is a nice idea but I don't think it would work.
I'm pretty sure it's going to go, I'm just having a hard time making that "final" decision.
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