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Chikadee 04-25-2004 01:44 AM

Fish tanks and feng shui
This is a somewhat silly question, but I was wondering if any of you guys out there believe in Feng Shui which is the chinese art of furniture placement in order to have the ultimate flow of positive energy within a room. For example, it is bad feng shui to put a mirror directly in front of the master bed because all the love in the bed will bounce off the mirror and go away. However, it is good feng shui to put a mirror across the room from the door because the negative energy that comes in will bounce out and leave the room. Feng shui is full of stuff like that, round rugs are good for bed rooms, crystals always harness positive energy, and dried flowers are bad.

Anyway, the point of this is that I keep my fishtanks in my bedroom. My mom who follows feng shui like crazy (she has literally 5 books on it, and is constantly rearranging her house) told me that it's terrible feng shui. She says that any large body of water in the bedroom is bad feng shui. Unfortunately, I'm a college student with limited space and a roommate who hates fish, so there's not many options for tank placement. Recently I have been getting sick a lot, and have even found an abnormal growth in my breast. Needless to say, my parents are flipping out and of course, my mom blames it all on my fishtanks in my room and the bad feng shui which is making me sick.

So does anyone else believe in this? If so, have you heard similar things about fishtank placement?? I think it's pretty absurd, but hey, I guess it could be true! :?

medge00 04-25-2004 05:04 AM

Well, I live near the ocean, which combined with a fish tank in my room led to mold, which i'm highly allergic to. Black mold I think is dangerous. At any rate, be wary the mold!!!

reefrunner69 04-25-2004 06:56 AM

I think the real question you believe it? The mind is a very powerful thing, and if you believe it, it could be what is causing the illness, or it could be coincidence, but for what it's worth, no I do not believe in it.

GrndHog 04-25-2004 03:22 PM

My whole house is based on this oriental science. Good and bad energy has to be directed in their appropriate ways. I placed my fish tank in my home office because flowing water promotes production and I need all the help I can get. :wink:

Feng shui works

oscarbreeder 04-25-2004 03:24 PM

I dont believe in any of that jazz.

alrmc4 04-25-2004 03:41 PM


Originally Posted by reefrunner69
I think the real question you believe it? The mind is a very powerful thing, and if you believe it, it could be what is causing the illness, or it could be coincidence, but for what it's worth, no I do not believe in it.


Hypostomus 04-25-2004 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by GrndHog
My whole house is based on this oriental science.

In no way would I consider feng shui to be a "science," any more than "creationist science" or whatever else people attach the word too. Please be more careful with your terminology.

That said, it would be better for you to take the appropriate steps to solve your problems rather than to try fixing everything by rearranging your dorm.

To counter your mother's advice more directly (no offense :oops:), I also live in a college dorm. I have fish tanks in it-- one at the foot of the bed, one off to the side, and then the ocean is within viewing distance outside my window. And my year has been going very well, except for the death of my paradise fish, and I don't think he cared much for "feng shui." It's an easy way out, like saying if you rearranged the decor in your fish tanks to have perfect "flow" none of your fish would ever die.

Chikadee 04-25-2004 04:14 PM

I completely understand that certain situations (such as being a college student who loves her pets dearly) takes precedence over feng shui, which is why I didn't listen to her advice and get rid of my tanks. But I was curious as to how many other people believe in it. I really don't care much for it even though growing up, it was pretty much shoved down my throat. Feng shui this and feng shui that. I humor my mother and keep the random crystal things she gives me around my desk, and actually after she gave me the "crystal pagoda of good grades and knowlege" I started getting straight A's. I really think it's a coincidence and I just started trying harder, but man, that is the ultimate proof for her of feng shui's greatness.

When it comes down to it, I think it's really a cultural thing. If you go to China (where I was born, and my parents lived there until they were 30) the "religion" of their society is really just glorified superstitions. Not that I am bashing them by any means, but it is just very different than western beliefs.

reefrunner69 04-25-2004 06:47 PM

7 entries found for science.
  • a. The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.
    b. Such activities restricted to a class of natural phenomena.
    c. Such activities applied to an object of inquiry or study.
2. Methodological activity, discipline, or study: I've got packing a suitcase down to a science.
3. An activity that appears to require study and method: the science of purchasing.
4. Knowledge, especially that gained through experience.
5. Science Christian Science.

Hypostomus 04-25-2004 07:36 PM

Er.. :uhoh:

... Oh.

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