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Old 01-27-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
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I read a lot of comments here that mention OCD. I am not exempt from this, in fact like a lot of you, it drives my spouse nuts. I thought it would be funny to start a thread so everyone could have an outlet to get the things that might drive their other half crazy off of their chests. I have come to the conclusion that n order to really take care of your tanks, you have to have a certain level of compulsiveness, but I know hat my wife doesn't quite understand it. When we got our first tank, she thought that having a hobby would really help me relax, and once it was set up, it wouldn't be that expensive to keep up. How wrong she was . The relaxation I get from my tanks is working on them, taking care of them, and cleaning them. I find if I spend to much time just looking at them, I find things I need to change about them, and then all my thoughts are focused towards making these changes. It will actually interrupt my sleep patterns. In the evenings, I spend all my time researching these changes. She is able to just sit and stare at the tanks, talk to the fish and enjoy them.

So I figured this would be as good a place as any for us to "vent" our OCD, and have others with the same condition, listen and support our illness.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:53 AM   #2
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I find I'm the exact same, I like to spend lots of time cleaning and caring for my tank, and I get obsessive over it, researching for hours losing sleep over it. It drives everyone around me crazy, they don't get it either. That was my main reason for joining this forum, so that I could talk to people about fish that didn't think I was crazy!
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:15 AM   #3
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This is funny and so true...I am very new to this hobby but have already found it very consuming! Recently, while I was researching the possibility of a new dwarf puffer tank my husband sent me an instant message that said 'I wish I was a fish...then maybe I'd get some attention!!' lol
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:38 AM   #4
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I read a lot of comments here that mention OCD. I am not exempt from this, in fact like a lot of you, it drives my spouse nuts. I thought it would be funny to start a thread so everyone could have an outlet to get the things that might drive their other half crazy off of their chests. I have come to the conclusion that n order to really take care of your tanks, you have to have a certain level of compulsiveness, but I know hat my wife doesn't quite understand it. When we got our first tank, she thought that having a hobby would really help me relax, and once it was set up, it wouldn't be that expensive to keep up. How wrong she was . The relaxation I get from my tanks is working on them, taking care of them, and cleaning them. I find if I spend to much time just looking at them, I find things I need to change about them, and then all my thoughts are focused towards making these changes. It will actually interrupt my sleep patterns. In the evenings, I spend all my time researching these changes. She is able to just sit and stare at the tanks, talk to the fish and enjoy them.

So I figured this would be as good a place as any for us to "vent" our OCD, and have others with the same condition, listen and support our illness.
I'm constantly re arranging my tank, and The more I stare at it, i always end up changing something. My husband laughs at me. He hasn't said he thinks I'm crazy.. Although I'm sure he thinks it he just won't say it lol. Actually tonight was a night I couldn't sleep... So I go in the living room to stare at the tank. I ended up re arranging lol.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:39 AM   #5
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This is funny and so true...I am very new to this hobby but have already found it very consuming! Recently, while I was researching the possibility of a new dwarf puffer tank my husband sent me an instant message that said 'I wish I was a fish...then maybe I'd get some attention!!' lol
I literally LOL'ed! Love that haha.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:22 AM   #6
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i have this to! I have only taken up fish keeping since the start of the year (2013) but already have brought a 2nd larger tank. Read tons on here and re-search thing and ideas. Becoming really taken into it and spend hours looking after the fishes!!
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I believe I will be OCD about my tank also. This is only day 2 for me. I also have OCD in the phobia form so I kept asking my friend is my son gonna get sick from the water dripping on his toys (while cleaning) Is this gonna be ok is that gonna be ok haha her reply "would you let him swim in a lake? Well then he will be ok" hahaha My tank was empty for a week and I still arranged things and enjoy staring at it so did my husband... Luckily my husband is used to my many forms of OCD Im already talking him into a bigger tank once I get the hang of things so i can have more stuff to arrange
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I believe I will be OCD about my tank also. This is only day 2 for me. I also have OCD in the phobia form so I kept asking my friend is my son gonna get sick from the water dripping on his toys (while cleaning) Is this gonna be ok is that gonna be ok haha her reply "would you let him swim in a lake? Well then he will be ok" hahaha My tank was empty for a week and I still arranged things and enjoy staring at it so did my husband... Luckily my husband is used to my many forms of OCD Im already talking him into a bigger tank once I get the hang of things so i can have more stuff to arrange
Bigger tanks are just more fun anyway, you have so many more options on which fish you can have!
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Bigger tanks are just more fun anyway, you have so many more options on which fish you can have!
Agreed! He just wants to make sure I take care of it and don't lose interest or let my OCD (in the bad form) get the better of me haha I told him everyone says the bigger the easier and better
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Agreed! He just wants to make sure I take care of it and don't lose interest or let my OCD (in the bad form) get the better of me haha I told him everyone says the bigger the easier and better
That is true. If you've read up on cycling (which I hope you have! If not there are some articles about it in the stickies) if you attempt a fish in cycle it allows for more room for error and doesn't take as long for toxins to build up.
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