Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: San Francisco, CA
I checked the dates and took about forty-five minutes to do the math and determined that it was five years ago that I tore down my six tanks: a Mini-S, two Mini-M's, a Mini-L, and two cubes.
During those five years, my wife and I have had two kids, now aged four and two. I'm sure we did other stuff during that time, but I have no memory of it. It's just a blur. Raising kids demands so much from parents. Parents love their children with every fiber of their being and I'm know that most would rip off an arm just to keep their kids safe, but my God...raising them...I'd rather be randomly and repeatedly kicked in the nuts than put up with some of the [censored] that one must put up with raising kids. (Case in point, I just put my two year old to sleep, but not after she threw a tantrum because I would not let her wear her rubber rain boots to bed. I'm not making this [censored] up. Who the [censored] wears rain boots to bed--? Does she even realize how sweaty her feet would get sleeping with those things on? And everyone in my neighborhood knows that she would wake up in the middle of the night crying her friggin' head off because her feet would feel like the Fukushima reactor meltdown. Kids, they're idiots. I'm telling you! Just kick me in the nuts.)
Anyway, the reason I bring that up is to explain why I quit planted tanks five years ago. You see, I have a very addictive personality. I get obsessed with things. Crazily. Five years ago, I was obsessed with planted tanks. I loved them. I'd be in meetings at work talking about God knows what, and my mind would wander to a something related to planted tanks. "I understand that the organization is moving in that direction in regards to the needs of our clients and the changes in the tech landscape, but...you know, I don't think there is such a thing as too much light. As long as you can supply enough plants, CO2, and nutrients, you can effectively stop and algae infestation." So suffice it to say, in order to be a good dad to my -- at that time -- soon-to-be-born son, I had to quit.
Now, with the kids no longer waking in the middle of the night and driving my wife insane from insomnia, I can get back to some of the things that make me happy.
Earlier today, I pulled a Mini-M out of storage and I'll start with that. I have no idea what kind of aquascape I'll do, but I'm thinking rock and wood with slow-growth focal plants and a glosso carpet fronted by sand. We'll see what kind of aquascaping materials I can find at the store. I'll be doing CO2 injection and probably only shrimp and snails as inhabitants.
In the meantime, I'll be checking out everyone else's aquascapes to see what're the trends are now, but if and of you have advice regarding things that have changed in the last five years, please let me know.
Oh, quick question, does anyone have any experience with the Aquasky Moon 361? It's so pretty.