What’s your primary reason for keeping planted aquaria? - The Planted Tank Forum
View Poll Results: What’s your primary reason for keeping planted aquaria?
I like the way they look 55 78.57%
To master the vast underlying science 11 15.71%
To impress my family and friends 0 0%
Nothing better to do 4 5.71%
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What’s your primary reason for keeping planted aquaria?

The ‘monkeys and banana thread’ got me thinking about why I keep aquaria. I think it’s the underlying science that consistently holds my interest (It’s endless!) but I also really love the look of a healthy, thriving tank. Were I ‘money is no object’ rich, I’m sure I’d still be up to my armpits in water, plants, and nerdy science literature.
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I like challenges.

But it's not one of the choice
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I like the way plants look together in some harmonious collection, just as I like them in my perennial garden. Different colors, shapes and textures in a complementary arrangement. I also like the science and gadgetry behind the scenes, which I delve into more so than most people. Like I just read about the structure and function of carotenoid pigments, which helps me understand more about plants and perhaps gain some insight into their nutritional needs. It keeps my creative as well as intellectual juices flowing!
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Just for the record I voted, I just like the way they look. It also has something to do with being in control of my own little universe. I guess I have to feel in control of something because the bank, my family, and customers control mine.


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I do it for the chicks.
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I do it for the chicks.
Yeah....me too....never failes to impress them eh?
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Plants for the challange, fish for the looks.

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Number one is definitely the looks. But probably interpreted in a broad way. Yes, I find them aestetically pleasing to look at. But underlying the superficial appearance is an appreciation that they are healthy and organic.
Yes, I know that aquaria are by their very nature incredibly artificial constructs. But a considerable aspect of their allure for me is that they mimic natural systems.

I am far more drawn to the forest, ocean, mountains, or desert, than I am to cities, theater, or sporting events. Science, including biology and ecology, impress me as very real - moreso than any human constructs, and so tremendously necessary to our very existence. The efforts I put into maintaining a healthy ecosystem in my tank reinforces the importance to me of preserving clean environment on a larger scale.

That and I just like plants.

And I personally consider the equipment and chemistry somewhat of a pain - a necessary evil if you will.
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I got into to it because peace and tranquility isn't something you can buy off the shelf. And I don't have the patience for bonsai.
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You forgot "All of the above" and "Because I'm insane"
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Needed another option. I grow them because I *hate* plastic plants.

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For me, the end result was because they look better then any other type of aquarium in the hobby...the road to the end result is as intriguing as the final set-up...A planted tank combines science, art, subtitle manipulation, and a bit of playing god; All things that are just as fun to me as viewing the finished tank.
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I voted I do it cuz they look good, but as someone who has kept fish for years, there is something about a fully planted tank that seems like a more complete miniature ecosystem to me. The fish make waste and the plants use it, while making the water conditions much better for the fish. They are mutually beneficial to each other.
The plants DO look good, but a planted tank is just much healthier for the fish...assuming no CO2 crashes, of course.
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Yeah....me too....never failes to impress them eh?
I don't know... It doesn't seem to work on my wife. Especially when she sees the receipts.

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Doesn't work on my girlfriend, either. Especially since she thinks the shrimp are hideous and the other little critters I keep, like whiteworms and fruit flies are gonna infest her house like some sort of plague of locusts or something.
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