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Old 11-23-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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Does Anyone Else Worry About This?

I have been quite worried since I started this hobby that I would be into it for a few years, then just lose interest. Not trying to scare anyone but it's pretty scary for me. I have set up these tanks, have fish that live to be 8+, spent over $600 and even turned my basement into a small fish cave (yes mfdrookie it's a cave). Would it be best just to not think about this?
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I go to collage in two years and i have a 40 gallon fresh and 30 gallon salt! Ya i am definitly worried.
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I'd say it depends on how we view the purposes of aquariums. Do we view it as something to accentuate a room and the fish just pretty colors that move? If so, then yes I could see someone losing interest, much like you'd lose interest with furniture purchased years before in favor of newer styles.

Or, do we view aquariums as pets? If so then we'd be less likely to lose interest and more likely to gain more interest as we become attached to the stock / plants. In efforts to make the tank(s) more "realistic" we look to add better decorations, invest in better equipment and even go as far as to best mimic the stock's natural environment.

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That's a good point. I definitely see them as a pet and have not lost any interest. I do not see water changes cleaning and feeding as chores either.
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I have a brother to split the work with, so everything is much easier and it isnt hard to do all of the upkeep! This makes me not loose interest
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It definitely depends on your goal. If it's just a hobby you can upgrade and downsize as needed. You might find yourself in 5 years with 100 tanks or none at all.
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Over my 25 yrs as a hobbyist I have always had a least 1 tank running. The number has gone up and down over the years.
Life changes and so will your interests along the way. One thing that has not changed in my life is my love for having fish.
Enjoy what you have now.........
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Im scared that when i go to collage my parents will give away my turtles
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:20 PM   #9
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I worry about this too.

A few months ago I was working on building something and I spent a couple weeks where I did not pay my tank much interest. I didn't want to do the water changes but I did.

I'm very committed now but I cannot say that I won't lose interest when something "better" comes along.
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That exactly what I'm worried about scottayy.
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