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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Frustrated when people observe your planted aquarium...!!

Has anyone else ever had that experience when guests at your house are looking at your tank and give all their attention to the live fish instead of any of the plants... and you're just standing in the back there like yeah.. so this plant in the corner has taken me months to shape and grow, isn't it so nice?

I just wanted to share this experience that happened to me today lol
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Get used it it, everyone asks that question. Or more accurately for me... "where are all your fish?" and I just smile smugly because there are no fish in my plant tanks. No fish at all...

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Get used it it, everyone asks that question. Or more accurately for me... "where are all your fish?" and I just smile smugly because there are no fish in my plant tanks. No fish at all...
Lol I didn't have any at all for the longest time too so I completely understand that smug smile ?
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The most annoying thing to me is when someone is like, "Yeah you should get some Piranhas. That would be awesome," or something of that degree. I generally just kind of roll my eyes.
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The most annoying thing to me is when someone is like, "Yeah you should get some Piranhas. That would be awesome," or something of that degree. I generally just kind of roll my eyes.
Yes! Or that I should switch to a saltwater aquarium.
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Yes! Or that I should switch to a saltwater aquarium.
Well, salt water would be cool IMO, but far too much work for me.
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Yes! Or that I should switch to a saltwater aquarium.
Well, salt water would be cool IMO, but far too much work for me.
haha I really like freshwater too though.
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Has anyone else ever had that experience when guests at your house are looking at your tank and give all their attention to the live fish instead of any of the plants... and you're just standing in the back there like yeah.. so this plant in the corner has taken me months to shape and grow, isn't it so nice?

I just wanted to share this experience that happened to me today lol
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The most annoying thing to me is when someone is like, "Yeah you should get some Piranhas. That would be awesome," or something of that degree. I generally just kind of roll my eyes.
Most non-aquarium people are not going to really understand planted tanks, and expect to see fish. There isn't much you can do about that. It's up to you if you want to enlighten them, or give them some silly answer such as "I keep invisible fish in that tank, and they are very hard to see".

As for Piranhas you can just say "I have a rule about what I keep. I don't keep anything that can get me".

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Yes! Or that I should switch to a saltwater aquarium.
I solve that problem by having my SW reef system right next to my FW planted tank system. (grin)
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I think it's a fair assumption that in the minds of most people, an aquarium is a fish tank rather than an indoor aquatic garden. After all, a plant only tank is like watching grass grow....you can do it, but it's not very entertaining. <g>

I've never gotten it, but to any question about having piranhas, I'd simply answer that they're ugly and illegal in most states.

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Here's a map of where it's legal nd prohibited to keep the beloved piranha. I can see states in the south where temps stay high enough for them to reproduce in the wild but making them illegal up north is simply stupid.

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Here's a map of where it's legal and prohibited to keep the beloved piranha. I can see states in the south where temps stay high enough for them to reproduce in the wild but making them illegal up north is simply stupid.
They're definitely illegal where we live. There's a fine too that is quite stiff. Piranhas are great though if you can get your hands on them, I had some when I was a kid.

I usually get asked about my fish and never about the plants, but who cares. I didn't put my tanks together for them I made them for me, so their boilerplate questions and opinions do not trouble me. However, the guy who installed our Dish service was deep into planted tanks and had a lot of questions about mine so that was refreshing.
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Or......do the fish have enough room in there thats alot of plants lol

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They're definitely illegal where we live. There's a fine too that is quite stiff. Piranhas are great though if you can get your hands on them, I had some when I was a kid.

I usually get asked about my fish and never about the plants, but who cares. I didn't put my tanks together for them I made them for me, so their boilerplate questions and opinions do not trouble me. However, the guy who installed our Dish service was deep into planted tanks and had a lot of questions about mine so that was refreshing.
Most of my tanks are in the fish house so it's just me and the family that sees them.
The tanks I have in the house are all planted. People that see them generally just compliment that they look so good. Never a specific but it is the plants that make the tank shine.
Helps that the two 55s are Metalframes and look so damn good.

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Out of the mouth's of babes..
Remember lady friend's four year old grand daughter who once walked up to the tank barely able to see over the bottom trim, and of all the fishes and plant's,immediately pointed out a dead fly on the substrate that I had smooshed previously in the morning and tossed in the tank.
How she was able to spot the fly over safe-t-sorb substrate left me flabbergasted.
Mostly my brother and I that see my effort's, and can appreciate them.
both of us failed for a long while trying to grow the weed's minus algae.
He moved to saltwater for a few year's and then sold off everything due to too much work.
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