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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Talking In defense of primary colored ceramic decorations

So I've noticed a not so subtle trend in this community of ragging on decor. Even very nice decor that fits perfectly within a well thought-out theme gets a few barbs from the planted tank purists.

Well, in my tank I have A LOT of junk:



Here's why. I've had fish tanks off and on my whole life. Now that my kids (see below) are 3 and 5 years old, I wanted to have an aquarium that they could participate in. I'm mostly interested in the plants, my wife the fish. But the kids get very excited about the decor. When we go to the LFS they beg and plead for a new decoration and I let them get whatever they want.

At first my daughter got a soccer ball and my son a police care. Since then we've added a stegosaurus, some seashells, a rainbow, and a treasure chest.

No, it isn't going to win any aquascaping awards, but it keeps the whole family involved. And I like that. Perhaps in the future I'll have a separate tank and I will go au naturel... and all natural.

In the meantime, I just felt the need to preemptively explain the stuff at the bottom of my tank before the jabs come. :



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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 11:19 PM
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Well said, my friend.

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What darling kids! All that ever matters is if the inhabitants of the tank are healthy & cared for, and if the owners of the tank enjoy it. Frankly, I think anything that gets kids involved in hobbies is wonderful. Heck. I'm a grown up and I want to build a Hobbit neighborhood! LOL

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Word!!! My 2 and 4 year olds name the tank critters. So what if a male betta gets called Dory?
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Ah, the Carnegie Collection Stegosaurus. Collecting dinosaur toys/figures is my other hobby so I would know haha. Never thought about mixing the two hobbies together like that.

It's a nice thing you're doing for your kids. I don't know if I could ever allow such things in one of my tanks.

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Aw, I bet you would - even if it meant setting up a tank designated for just such a thing. The delight on the children's faces as they enjoy their would be worth it!

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Thanks, all.

@Axel, that's funny. We live about 15 minutes from Dinosaur World and have annual passes. My daughter celebrated her last birthday there. I'm not knowledgeable about dino toys/figures, but the stego is my daughter's favorite dino so we picked this one up during one of our trips to put in the thank. I always think how small its head is.

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Great Post! I love the stegosaurus btw. Maybe once they get a little older they'll be asking to pick out pieces of driftwood
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The tank I had in Chicago, before we moved to Florida and before we had kids, was very simple and very natural... dark gravel, driftwood, tons of moss. It took me about 4 years to get it exactly how I liked it. It was so great. We also did a little breeding then.

But now it is more about interaction and education with the whole family. It is also great, but the tank looks totally different.

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TOTALLY understand!!!

My daughters tank has a castle, a unicorrn and a random tiara (that is bigger than both the castle and unicorn??)

My son's - well the tank including all plants and fish was free on CL. I figured I would evenutally rescape it. Well, we had a huge die off (not sure what happened sadly, just came up one nigh and every fish and shrimp was dead...the perils of aquariums). I just recently decided to get it going again. Dumped all the neon gravel it came with but kept the plants. My son (5) was actually stoked about the piece of driftwood he picked out. He has not yet mentioned the pirate ship and cave that I have not put back in yet...if he notices well, its his tank, I will make room for them

I figure what better way to start the next generation of hobbyist. You have to cater it to personal likes and dislikes and keep it fun
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Anything that generates that kind of smile on the face of a child can go into that family's tank. Period. (I'm lucky - my granddaughter, a fan of "Bubbleguppies" smiles like that just because there are guppies in my tank!

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LOL Good for you!

My kids beg like crazy for decor in my tank. I have to put my foot down and say no. I guess I'm just the mean dad
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You’re a great dad and on the right track. My kids are not grown up and both have planted tanks because they enjoyed the hobby from an early stage in their lives. I remember the rainbows, sunken ships, skulls, Barbie dolls etc…
I now have tanks that are as you would say au natural but there are days that I miss them and their deco’s.
My youngest daughter is in college in a dorm and has a Nano planted tank that she has built on her own that is beautiful and she has started a trend and spreading her joy to many that are following her and setting up tanks too.
Enjoy your children and their deco's while you can they grow up fast and leave the nest.
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