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Tank thriving = boredom!

Hah oaky not to complain but I think when my tank is thriving, with everything balanced (plants growing steadily, shimps breeding regularly, fish doing whatever it is they do) I find the aquarium hobby not as interesting.

It's like it's the path/journey that is everything. Setting up the tank, getting new equipment, getting new plants and fauna, etc... those are the most interesting parts of the hobby to me. But I really do like seeing the plants grow in and the fauna doing well, but when everything is balanced, there's just regular maintenance left to do and that's not very exciting.

What are your guys' thoughts? I'm happy with my tank and spend a few minutes each day watching it, but I have to acknowledge that with all the tanks I've had in the past, once your tank is established and all that's left is maintenance, it's not as exciting as the early stages.
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It isnt as exciting.
I think thats the point where we buy another tank.
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Or start another hobby lol...


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Well, it really sucks waiting for a dsm tank to fill in. You can't even see the plants growing half the time. You also can't dose, check filter/co2, or do WCs. It just... sits there...

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I agree with Eldachleich, start another hobby.

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Check out knot tying. It's interesting and you can sell what you make. Just don't go crazy and make too much to the point you can't get rid of them. http://fusionknots.com/index.php <-- JD is a cool guy.

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I agree with Eldachleich, start another hobby.

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Check out knot tying. It's interesting and you can sell what you make. Just don't go crazy and make too much to the point you can't get rid of them. http://fusionknots.com/index.php <-- JD is a cool guy.
Well I have plenty of hobbies (mma, ice hockey, photography, tennis, etc) but sometimes the aquarium hobby feels more like a chore. It's a rewarding one doing water changes and trimmings, but I guess not as exciting as when you're starting off. I do like when my other hobbies like photography can merge with aquarium... I find when I work on my macro photography I notice gunk on the glass or imperfections in the tank and will do the tank maintenance on it because I want to take pictures of it.

I guess my next question would be what are some small things you could do to your tank to keep things interesting? (Nothing major like starting a new tank)
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I always thought it would be cool to have different scapes for cool and warm weather. But...you're in Cali, so idunno if that would make much difference. lol I'm changing the black sand in my 12 gallon to river gravel to brighten it up for Spring.

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Like Ada says enjoy the fish

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Just about the time everything is clicking in my tank, I always seem to make just one more more "tweak" and all hell breaks loose and there I am solving and stressing over a situation that I created. I guess I'm like Old Lady Winchester, if I every stand back a say I'm done, I might die...
...so I keep tweaking. A vicious cycle. I must fight the urge to start more tanks!
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I don't like fiddling around in my tank so I am most happy and content when the tank is self sustaining and doesn't need much interference from me. For me the joy of having the tank is it's beauty and not the work involved in getting it to that point.

I do tend to fiddle around and move stuff way more than necessary in my outdoor garden tho, so I do understand exactly what you mean.
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Leave your lights on for a week straight and you will have a nice algae infestation to take on. Sometimes you got to make your own fun.
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I very much enjoy watching harmony in a tank that doesn't require constant nit picking. I'm quite satisfied with my 3 tanks right now even though my 20 tall is pretty much just a BBA farm.


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This usually means I buy a new fish and obsess over it or start plotting my next tank set-up.
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like Old Lady Winchester
Hahahaha!! Ain't that the truth!

One suggestion I might have is to try some rare plants. If you succeed in keeping them and propagating them, sell some on swap & shop or (what I do) take them to your local aquarium club meetings for auction or trade. I make about $300/yr just taking clippings to the monthly meetings. A side-effect of the meetings is that you learn about new aspects of the hobby you didn't know about. Even though I don't care about breeding fish, or outdoor ponds, I love hearing and seeing what others have done in that regard. You meet folks who love giving tours of their fish room and learn about their creative ideas for setting up spectacular tanks.

BTW, your 10G tank looks great! Congrats on getting it to where it is!

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I would put more interesting fish in the tank. That way, when the plants are how you'd like them, you still have something to watch and enjoy.

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