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Old 10-31-2006, 03:22 PM   #11
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My husband is super supportive. He finances my obsessions as well as gives me constant encouragement. Granted, he doesn't take part in the labor area (I wouldn't expect him to since they are my tanks after all ) but he's always there giving me pep talks when I get discouraged and will often tell me how nice the tanks are looking.

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Old 10-31-2006, 05:35 PM   #12
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Very interesting.

My husband is very supportive. He loves the aquarium. But our situation may be a little different. He's retired, and I took a part-time job (guess why!!!). I have a separate account for what I earn part-time, and I take from it to support my hobby. On the other hand, he also has a rather expensive hobby (model railroading), which is supported by our retirement fund and social security! I guess it all works out. I enjoy the trains, and he enjoys the fishies!

PS There's been talk here for years about putting a model train around my outside pond...I'd love that!

PPS Shouldn't this move to the lounge where the freshies and pond-keepers could join in?

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I think you have a valid point! LOL! I was just caught up in the subject matter.
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:51 PM   #14
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Moved to the lounge so everyone can enjoy...

My wife is neutral. While we do not agree on just how expensive this hobby is, we both enjoy looking at the tanks.
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:03 PM   #15
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My fiance is very fickle about my tank but usually is pretty impartial. Although when I occasionally hang a skimmer on the side(the only place it can fit with the HOB fuge) I have been known to get a tounge lashing!!! All and all my fiance sounds a lot like your wife weekf, she usually says "tank looks ok" and I try to talk about the $$$ involved as little as possible.
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My wife is very supportive, She lets me know when she likes the tanks. She also gives me the business if she think I am lacking on something. She talks to the fish. She likes that my hobby keeps me at home, I am just a yell away. As long as I don't get crazy she doesn't complain about the money involved.
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Old 10-31-2006, 07:26 PM   #17
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My wife likes all the tanks. Can she pick out a guppy from a discus, no way. She wants nothing to do with the tank, just something visuallly pleasing. She really likes the tank I placed in the bedroom. I went ahead and spent more money on substrate and lights that the other tanks. She noticed the results quickly and started asking why I don't switch over the 5 tanks downstairs to similar set ups. I explained how much it would run telling her the 84 gallon and 75 would get pricey. She is fine with it because she knows I enjoy it. For money issues just ask your wife how much she spent on the wash, cut, highlights, etc... the next time she gets her hair done ($240 dollars my wifes last visit).
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It took me awhile to get my wife assimilated and the job is not over yet. She did take over the 30g FW tank and it has become hers. No help with maintenance but she dotes over all of the fish, with the exception of Cliff whom she believes is an alien lifeform.
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My husband and I got into them together around the Finding Nemo craze. It started out with a 10 gal and grew from there. We've been fish keepers together since Day 1 so I guess we both support each other. Since all the tanks are "ours", we give each other compliments all the time. I am the one that really takes care of the 55 and 29 while he takes care of the 150. Mainly because I'm not crawling out the window with the python and running the house across the roof into the office below the apt (the 150 is in my office since, thankfully, my boss loves fish. Plus, it's not really feasible to have a 150 on the second floor of a 105 year old building with soft pine floors).
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Old 10-31-2006, 07:54 PM   #20
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My wife loves are tank and is very supportive. In fact, she gets mad when i forget to top off with fresh water and the level gets a little low.

She is very attached to 4 little fish and keeps me on my toes to make sure that I keep their world clean. She is very aware that they are truely dependand on me to keep their environemnt healthy, and she is also very aware that a lot of the livestock is collected from the ocean, so there is a lot of healthy pressure from her to keep our friends happy and heathly.

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