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02-04-2013 08:38 PM
DaveMcKenz
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Originally Posted by wendyjo View Post
I noticed it but decided it wasn't meant to be rude or hurtful so I just let it go. Haha if I was truly depressed I probably would have gone off!
I am most sorry.
Good luck,
Dave
02-04-2013 06:42 PM
wendyjo I noticed it but decided it wasn't meant to be rude or hurtful so I just let it go. Haha if I was truly depressed I probably would have gone off!
02-04-2013 06:20 PM
bikinibottom
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Originally Posted by scapegoat View Post
i feel like that is a little out of line, but wendy didnt seem to take offense.
Ha, you noticed the armchair psychology, too?!
02-04-2013 04:07 PM
wendyjo But the thing is 15 minutes a week isn't all that much. Not wanting to spend even that much time seems to me as a sign that I'm just not feeling it anymore.

My tank is already low tech anyhow.
02-04-2013 03:26 PM
TexasCichlid If you are tired of 15 minute water changes a week, figure out how you can make it 15 minute water changes a month. Low maintenance can be done and it is very rewarding.
02-04-2013 01:51 PM
scapegoat
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Originally Posted by DaveMcKenz View Post
Hi Wendy,
It's none of my business but you sound kind of down or depressed even. With 2700 posts, this is not a new toy that has lost its shine. I suspect something else is changing your outlook on aquaristics and maybe other things. That would fall under the category of hopefully just a phase. If I am wrong, I'm sorry. If I'm right, please talk to someone about your problems, whatever they may be. I wish you only the best and please take care.
Good luck,
Dave
i feel like that is a little out of line, but wendy didnt seem to take offense.

Wendy, it seems like you're just bored with the routine. Hell, I can't believe you've kept the same tank going for that long!

sounds like it's time to bring some excitement back into keeping that fish tank! Change it up, pass those fish along to someone who will take care of them and redo your tank. Maybe try dirted and minimal ferts. I had amazing luck with a dirt tank capped with eco complete and PPS dosing with hardly a water change. fish and plants flourished and it was an easy tank to take care of.
02-04-2013 11:19 AM
bikinibottom
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Originally Posted by wendyjo View Post
Yeah I think sometimes you can just can burned out even with something you basically enjoy. Part of my problem is that I don't have room to store my empty tank. It's an odd size and shape and is no longer made and I got it specifically cause it's the only thing that really fits in the only space I have for a decent sized tank. So if I tear it down I'll have to get rid of it, and I'm worried I'll regret it. I've considered having a plant only tank, but I don't think I'd like that and I'd always be tempted to add fish to it.
I've seen a lot of people on here who go without CO2, filterless, and without water changes for months on end and they have awesome tanks. You'd probably have to adjust the type of plants you use, and lessen your bioload (maybe get some big fancy snails if you can't stand to not have critters?), but it's possible to reduce the amount of maintenance you need to do. I have a low-tech tank and change out about 25-30% of the water every 2 weeks, and the only reason I do it that frequently is b/c I have dirt in the tank, and I didn't take all the wood chips out of it, so by the end of 2 weeks my water is like a light tea color when viewed from the side.

Anyway, if you do decide to break it down, let me know. My husband will kill me but I wouldn't mind picking up another setup.
02-04-2013 02:32 AM
wendyjo Yeah I think sometimes you can just can burned out even with something you basically enjoy. Part of my problem is that I don't have room to store my empty tank. It's an odd size and shape and is no longer made and I got it specifically cause it's the only thing that really fits in the only space I have for a decent sized tank. So if I tear it down I'll have to get rid of it, and I'm worried I'll regret it. I've considered having a plant only tank, but I don't think I'd like that and I'd always be tempted to add fish to it.
02-04-2013 01:31 AM
scbrooks87 Hey Wendy, do whatever's gonna make ya happier with it in the long run... Maybe just a bit of a break would be good. My fiance keeps rats, and at one point was up to three cages! She is now down to three rats in one larger cage, and has said she's taking a break for a while after these ones pass one, not cause she doesn't love rats, but because the maintenance was getting the better of her.

On the other hand, I am setting my tank up, and plan to devise a water change that should be bucketless and dripless... IDK how well it will work just yet, but I suspect it will work, and make me less likely to tire of the husbandry required by an aquarium. If you'd be interested in the idea to maybe just lighten your load a bit, I'm happy to share my idea.

Whatever you decide, give yourself time to make sure it's the right choice for ya!

Best of luck!
-Scott
02-04-2013 01:26 AM
wendyjo
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Originally Posted by DaveMcKenz View Post
Hi Wendy,
It's none of my business but you sound kind of down or depressed even. With 2700 posts, this is not a new toy that has lost its shine. I suspect something else is changing your outlook on aquaristics and maybe other things. That would fall under the category of hopefully just a phase. If I am wrong, I'm sorry. If I'm right, please talk to someone about your problems, whatever they may be. I wish you only the best and please take care.
Good luck,
Dave
Nah, I'm alright. I've had this tank up for about 5 years now - maybe 6 (can't remember). I truly am just sick of messing with it. Dragging the big Python out, dripping water and duckweed and snails all over the floor. It's just becoming a drag. Like I said I'd still keep my 5g betta tanks, and I'd miss seeing the tank cause it's a lovely jungle. But I'm just tired of it.

I dunno what I'll do. Probably nothing. One school of fish was given to me by a friend and they are some type of rasbora that's not sold in chain stores, and I've had them 2 or 3 years now so as they are dying off I'm not replacing them. So maybe as the bio load gets lighter I can lengthen the time between water changes to every 2 weeks.
02-04-2013 01:17 AM
wendyjo
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Originally Posted by bikinibottom View Post
You're in the DC area? If so, we have more than just Petco and Petsmart here. There's Tropical Lagoon in Silver Spring, House of Tropicals in Timonium, Congressional Aquarium in Rockville, etc.

Also, there are plant/fish groups here like GWAPA.
I don't drive, so my only store options are my local Petco/Petsmart.
02-04-2013 01:12 AM
DaveMcKenz Hi Wendy,
It's none of my business but you sound kind of down or depressed even. With 2700 posts, this is not a new toy that has lost its shine. I suspect something else is changing your outlook on aquaristics and maybe other things. That would fall under the category of hopefully just a phase. If I am wrong, I'm sorry. If I'm right, please talk to someone about your problems, whatever they may be. I wish you only the best and please take care.
Good luck,
Dave
02-04-2013 12:34 AM
mitchfish9 It might be worth it to try the local forum on here. I bet you can get responsible people to take them off your hands. I also like the asking for a picture of their tank idea if they are on craigslist.
02-03-2013 08:00 PM
zoragen Sorry the tank has become a chore.

Wish I had the room to take it off your hands!

Hopefully this is just a "phase".
02-03-2013 11:49 AM
bikinibottom You're in the DC area? If so, we have more than just Petco and Petsmart here. There's Tropical Lagoon in Silver Spring, House of Tropicals in Timonium, Congressional Aquarium in Rockville, etc.

Also, there are plant/fish groups here like GWAPA.
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