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Old 06-15-2007, 11:46 AM   #1
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"Does a disease have your tank stuck in a rut?"

You should consider changing that description.

The dictionary tells me that "rut" means:

boring routine, humdrum existence, habit

I don't think anyone makes a habit of having a disease in their aquariums.
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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Of course no one wants to make a habit of having a disease in the tank. But unfortunately there seem to be times when an ich outbreak, algae problems, etc., may get the best of us

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I'm just saying that the phrase "in a rut" means that it's the normal, everyday, boring, routine. A disease can't have you stuck in a rut, or your fish would all be dead already. A sudden onslaught of disease brings you out of your rut, albiet in a bad way.
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I think the meaning of the term in this context is "can't solve your disease problem?" As in, you are temporarily "in a rut". Rut when used in terms of our lives can mean a long and drawn our boredom or anxiety. I think we can look at diseases in our tanks as a temporary rut, but that is just my opinion.

Just out of curiosity, what would you figure would be a better word instead of rut?
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"Does a disease have your aquatic friends feeling icky?"

"Has a disease snuck into your water world?"

"Aquarium under the weather?"

"Fishy friends infected?"

... and others.

P.S. Please understand I'm really not normally the word police.
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