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Old 03-21-2015, 03:45 PM   #11
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Years ago we were living in a third floor apartment, it was a crazy hot summer, and I had 10-12 tanks running. Had some bad storms and lost power. Definitely a nightmare, lost so many fish

Theresa - Were you here a few summers back when the derecho hit the east coast and it caused massive power outages? Temps were 90-95 during the day and my neighborhood was without power for over 5 days! The fish in my single tank were fine (attribute this to under stocking). Fortunately, I was sipping cold beverages in OBX that week so I missed the debacle.
Back on track: I do like seeing the mini replicas of habitats such as the Amazon River, FW creek, SW marsh, etc. These are usually large and found only in public aquaria and museums.


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Theresa - Were you here a few summers back when the derecho hit the east coast and it caused massive power outages? Temps were 90-95 during the day and my neighborhood was without power for over 5 days! The fish in my single tank were fine (attribute this to under stocking). Fortunately, I was sipping cold beverages in OBX that week so I missed the debacle.
Oh yeah, I remember that. That was before I got back into the hobby and only had a 3g betta tank running at the time.
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Well seeing as some natural environments are.. Pretty bland...

If we recreated all the natural environments we would greatly limit stocking, the tanks would not look as beautiful as they do, and we would all be feeding love food, algae, and plant matter.

I think as long as you can tell the fish are happy there is no problem with it, giving it a natural feel is personal opinion and an added bonus. Plenty of fish live in "fake" aquariums with spongebob houses and live long happy lives.


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Like someone said earlier, I don't think a fish would know the difference Caleb, so long as the water chemistry is good, design is up to the individual.....
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A friend of mine came up with a good analogy to my question,.......... "Or an advancement of their civilization". Perhaps the difference between wild dogs on the Serengeti & Foofoo the poodle.
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What I find funny, as some have alluded to, is the extent to which people will go (or the things they justify) by saying "but that's the natural habitat." Just because it's the natural habitat doesn't mean it's optimal. For instance that whole "bettas live in puddles" thing.


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