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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-21-2016, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Catapulting out of the hobby

I have run myself down and lightening the load in my life.
My community tank has been so fun over the years and I am sad to tear it down.

My only free time is mainly spent on water changes, tank maintenance, sterilizing equipment. I just am too tired. I hope to try again at an easier
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That's too bad, but lack of time is more an excuse than a reason as if done correctly, tank maintenance should only take an hour or so a week. I feel a small price to pay for the enjoyment, not to mention the oohs and ahhs of friends and family that view the well planted living tank.
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I agree, have you looked into the walstad style planted tank?

Diane walstad pioneered the science of soil substrates, and I'm her book, Ecology of the Planted Aquarium, she describes soil substrates, a water change every six months or so, and no other maintenance other than feeding the fish. Her sustem relies on lots and lots of plants to filter the water.

If you insist on retiring your tanks for a while, please consider giving away or selling your plants and livestock on the forum here.
Who knows, they might be willing to send you some when you get the itch again.

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Tell us more about your tank and maintenance schedules.

You're doing too much if you feel that way. Surely we can cut something or reduce it.

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I have to agree with the Walstad advice. I have some really lovely tanks that only require work every two or three months.

Dirt + low stock is a very nice and easy way to go. I'm in lawschool, and still I never feel like my tanks are a burden.
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I have to agree with the Walstad advice. I have some really lovely tanks that only require work every two or three months.



Dirt + low stock is a very nice and easy way to go. I'm in lawschool, and still I never feel like my tanks are a burden.


This is why I do a riparium, but med school for me. Not law school.


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This is why I like jungle tanks. Just let them grow and let them do their own thing. My tank is full of slow growing plants and they are filling in nicely.

I rarely have to clean the tank.
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I haven't started yet. It's going to be more work to tear it down, so maybe step by step.
I am afraid of walstad tanks. I already have some columnaris pop up in my tank once in awhile. I thought if I get rid of the mollies, turn the temp to like 72 it might never show its ugly face again. I would just have 5 corys and bnp.

I do water changes by bucket. Cleaning glass, rinse filter media, snail and dead leaf cleaning. I used to do 50% water changes twice a week but I thinned out my mollies, so no need. Except the columnaris. I have had it in my tank since last year! I guess that's what is bringing me down.
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^this!

Emergently growing plants have access to atmospheric carbon and grow much faster than anything you can grow aquatically. If you want nutrient export, you really can't do better than riparian plants.
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I'm surprised to see these responses here. If someone needs to be convinced to continue in any hobby; then maybe its not the right hobby for them!
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I'm surprised to see these responses here. If someone needs to be convinced to continue in any hobby; then maybe its not the right hobby for them!


I think sometimes when you get focused on the little details of the hobby or on a high maintenance tank you forget why you liked it in the first place and you think the only way to do it is to continue the way you have been doing it. This might not sway the OP, but maybe someone else who didn't recognize that a walstad/riparium approach can be low maintenance and less stressful. If OP is out, then best of luck in his endeavors. No hobby is worth it if it's more of a burden than a joy.


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I'm surprised to see these responses here. If someone needs to be convinced to continue in any hobby; then maybe its not the right hobby for them!
I totally agree. Most who really enjoy the hobby don't even look at things like water changes, some trimming, etc as a chore, they usually enjoy doing it, find it relaxing.

With that being said OP states semi weekly 50% water changes by bucket, sterlizing equipment, so something is off and two get a python.
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I have run myself down and lightening the load in my life.
My community tank has been so fun over the years and I am sad to tear it down.

My only free time is mainly spent on water changes, tank maintenance, sterilizing equipment. I just am too tired. I hope to try again at an easier
Time.
try to balance out your tank more. if the natural system of the tank is balanced you will only need to maintain it once in a while. you will only need to change the water every 6 months.
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I'm surprised to see these responses here. If someone needs to be convinced to continue in any hobby; then maybe its not the right hobby for them!
Yes, true.
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Awh dont go! I actually stopped taking care of my 5 gallon (heavily planted) when I moved about 7-8 weeks ago. I was dosing almost every day, had co2 running and trimming and WC weekly like clockwork. I stopped doing water changes, turned off the co2 and dose everything all at once weekly with no problem (other than the DHgrass is a little long. i was going to break the tank down but who's got time for that ^_^. maybe let it run its course and see how it goes? I hope whatever you choose to do is painless =)
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