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Old 01-17-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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Talking Why are aquariums so addicting?

I've got a few theories as to why we are all either staring at, writing about, reading about, or think about aquariums all day...

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- Interest in life in general (aquatic life specificly)
- The Farmville/Sims Factor (aquariums are like "God" games - you design a world, and see how your inhabitants populate it, tweaking it to always make it better)
- Creative Outlet -make your tank look like your specific vision of what you want to see
- Mentally soothing - kids stressing me? 10 minutes of "Tank Time" calms me down everytime
- Skill factor (there is no denying that it takes skill to set up and maintain a true aquarium) - not everybody can do it
- Beauty - I love the plants and aquascaping, and (of course) the fish
- Pets (I don't know about your fish, but mine are extremely perceptive and react to me when I approach the tank - it's really cool)
- Hobby - It's simply something enjoyable to do with my time
- Decor - you can design a tank to coordinate and compliment your home or office
- Amazing - personally, I find it amazing that we can take a little slice of a completely different ecosystem and insert it into our world. Can you imagine if we could put a slice of Space into a tank, or a dessert, or the moon, or a jungle? Not all of those are realistic, but you actually can do that with aquatic life. Amazing...
- Any others?
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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Because you always want a bigger one...
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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There is always that one fish you want that won't fit into any of your current setups.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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There is always that one fish you want that won't fit into any of your current setups.
LOL!!! One or two or ten....
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
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You want to try everything!!! Saltwater, chichlids, breeding, shrimp tanks, nanos, brackish, planted... I guess aquariums are like drugs? Lol
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:28 PM   #6
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I agree with EVERYTHING Flei said..haha.
For me i think its the "God" factor. I love the fact that I have fish and plants and they literally would not survive if it wasn't for me. It really is hard to put your finger on exactly what it is, but it certainly is an addiction..not just hobby.
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It's gotta be a part of the human mind that loves water.

Seeing amazing creatures in a (as best we can make it) "natural" habitat still makes me feel like a child going to Blue Planet Aquarium all over again!
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There's always another fish or plant set up I want to try. When I design a tank I come up with multiple ideas so when I finish it there are 2 or 3 more setups I want to build, then it snowballs...
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LOL!!! One or two or ten....
Mmm, 10 sounds good! Up to 8! Lol. I'm partly blaming you for my newest addiction hahaha!!!
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