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Old 05-12-2008, 01:14 PM   #21
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I think maybe it's equal in who owns aquariums, but maybe men are the ones who join forums to wonder how they can beef something up or make it bigger? lol
Yes, but the women join because it's a social medium on a subject they already enjoy. I have to say I'm still impressed by the heterogeneous audience that this hobby has. Mainly because it is a hobby and not just a pet or an ornament. Keeping fish successfully (even astoundingly from the pictures I've seen here) takes more than feeding a cat or walking a dog. It's a complex activity that requires attention to detail. Just about any other activity like it ends up attracting men or women, very rarely both.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:28 PM   #22
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It's a complex activity that requires attention to detail. Just about any other activity like it ends up attracting men or women, very rarely both.
I think the draw for men is the technical aspect of it. Adjusting things that you can't necessarily see to make life flourish, and playing with the harware, and the DIY stuff. But the artistic side of it is probably what draws more women, with the beauty of the tank layouts and the colors of plants and fish, along with the corals and other inverts, along with the miracle of life itself. It has aspects of hobbies that are traditionally male (like cars) or female (like sewing) mixed into one activity. It's also not overly messy or dirty, and still can require some "manly" heavy lifting at times.
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:01 PM   #23
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I got into it because I like the color of SW fish and I enjoy a lot of them when I SCUBA.
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:13 PM   #24
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I have to say I'm still impressed by the heterogeneous audience that this hobby has...Just about any other activity like it ends up attracting men or women, very rarely both.
That's nice to hear! Maybe that's one of the reasons that I've been completely taken in by it...I tend to like activities that attract a variety of people.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:30 PM   #25
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Didnt know there were so few female aquarists .. especially saltwater
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On this forum, there alot of females, but there are other forums I visit that are probably half/half (male and female).

I do see alot more guys who have sw tanks (especially reefs).

I'm a female freshie for now, but I plan to have a reef eventually.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:36 AM   #27
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female here and fresh water for me LOL i want a marine tank
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The other 2 australian-based forums I semi-frequently visit seem to hav attracted more males than females (or active participants anyway).

I don't know if that's just my perception here and I have no actual evidence to back that up. It just seems that way.

AA "appears" pretty even, IMO.
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I got into it because I like the color of SW fish and...
I'm with you. I really like the colors and patterns on SW fish. The corals are great as well. I don't like having anything dull in my tank.
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I just added my vote and its 66% men so far
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