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Old 03-19-2015, 07:59 PM   #1
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Natural, i'm not sure........

We buy tropical fish and create a natural biotope without the predators and what real life throws at them.......so I think
Tropical fish keeping is Nature on a "life support machine", would you agree?
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It's certainly an artificial environment, compared to what they would experience in the state of nature. And, they're completely dependent upon us for everything. That's why I encourage newbies to think carefully and understand what's involved before getting into the hobby. Wasn't it in "Spider Man" that someone said "with great power comes great responsibility"?

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It's certainly an artificial environment, compared to what they would experience in the state of nature. And, they're completely dependent upon us for everything. That's why I encourage newbies to think carefully and understand what's involved before getting into the hobby. Wasn't it in "Spider Man" that someone said "with great power comes great responsibility"?

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Great response. I totally agree.
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We buy tropical fish and create a natural biotope without the predators and what real life throws at them.......so I think
Tropical fish keeping is Nature on a "life support machine", would you agree?

Agree.
We can never duplicate their natural environment in a square glass container.


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That being said I at least feel that the environments I create for my fish are far more natural than the lfs.
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The LFS is just a staging area. Or holding cell.
The fish in my tank are not found together in the wild. Not even in the same continent. But they are compatible by size and temperament. The plants in my tank would never appear like this in nature. Most likely you would find a monoculture of a plant species, not 10-12 different types neatly manicured. What I have is more like a floral arrangement.
Yes, it's eye candy. For me. But hopefully the settings and conditions will be favorable for the fishes survival. Do they care that there is DW or a sponge bob statue in there? Probably not.


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I agree. I think taking care to provide an environment that is the most natural we can give them makes them more relaxed and brings out the best behavior in our fish. This is what I enjoy the most as I watch them in my tanks.


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I agree. I think taking care to provide an environment that is the most natural we can give them makes them more relaxed and brings out the best behavior in our fish. This is what I enjoy the most as I watch them in my tanks.

Absolutely! My Project Tank is based on Walstad...dirt capped with a small layer of gravel, lots of rooted and floating plants, no light, no heater, no filter, no ferts. The fish and shrimp are active, have great color. Looking at it reminds me of being able to take a peek into a small lake. It even has that nice clean lake smell!
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Looks like we are on the same wavelength, I like the fact that we have to do our best for them no matter what crops up, power cuts would be my worst nightmare...
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Looks like we are on the same wavelength, I like the fact that we have to do our best for them no matter what crops up, power cuts would be my worst nightmare...
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
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