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What's after achievement of your dream tank?

So once you've managed to create huge high tech aquariums lush with healthy fish and plants what comes next? I've found that I'm always aspiring to create this idea of my dream tank but once you have it all does your interest continue or does the hobby dull down?


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A second large lush planted aquarium......
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A massive room full of high tech nano tanks. I like nanos better anyway.

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believe me MTS is a bad disease..:P you can never stop! the moment you get one big success one looks forward to a new concept! that's true for me..!

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My "dream tank" constantly evolves and changes. Maybe that's my way to keep interest in the hobby. I started out with a 5 gallon tank and Guppy's as a kid, then freshwater Angels, Mbuna's, Tropheus Duboisi, Freshwater rainbows, Saltwater with damsels and yellow tangs, a large 220 gallon with saltwater angels like the French and Navarchus (Majestic Angel), to reef tanks with live rock and corals, and finally to my high-tech planted tank. Oddly, I'm thinking a planted tank of colorful guppys would be gorgeous, sort of back to where I started 30+ years ago. So for me, the dream changes and that's what keeps the hobby "fresh" for me.

Shrimp....hmmmm, haven't tried those yet.....(leaves to begin Google searches for shrimp stuff)......


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my dream tank: a 12L shadow panda tank. The tank arrives tomorrow.
My goal after that? Cross shadow bees to blue bots for larger and darker blues and breed bolts selectively until I get 100% blue coverage. After that? Pintos. After that? Cross pinto's to bolts to get blue headgear on pintos. I could go on and on!
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i went for breeding fish that have never been bred, raising fry that have never been raised, testing methods that have never been tried, etc.

i just keep myself busy.
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My dream tank goes along with my dream house. I want to build a tank into the wall so that its visible from both sides. This will be a huge tank (not sure how big yet). In it I want a mini ecosystem with emmersed plants and reptiles. The land will slope down to the water that will have nano fish and dwarf shrimp.

Ah some day...
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forum member energy and two other tanks are at the tippy top of my dream tank list.

1. Frontosa Blue Zaire breeding colony
1. planted discus
1. energy's complete ecosystem 15ft monster

It's hard to pick between the three

after each of these tanks have been achieved... back to google!


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Whatever your accomplishments, there's always another challenge.

This past year I tried out four new substrates, twenty new plants, five new fish species, two new shrimp and three snails, did no-tech and low-tech, a variety of light systems (my first LEDS were this year) and a range of filters, set up 30 pico/micro tanks and started selective breeding/culling of my neos to develop my own variations (chocolate, blue, wine and clear) and learned a ton about fertilizing at different light levels.

I learned to make my own shrimp foods and how to force a variety of plants into smaller growth sizes for use in pico tanks, expanded the types of wood and stone I use in my hard scapes, and found out firsthand how annoying duckweed can be.

I've got four tanks in development, two that need to be torn down and re-scaped, just consolidated three pico tanks into a single planted vase, and--thanks to a rescue red claw crab falling into my hands--am scrambling to ensure its health and happiness.
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only thing holding me back is space. not enough space in the house. well there is space. but nowhere that would be perfect for it. since my dream tank is like 400-500 gallons. no point of putting a dream show tank in the garage
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my dream tank: a 12L shadow panda tank. The tank arrives tomorrow.
My goal after that? Cross shadow bees to blue bots for larger and darker blues and breed bolts selectively until I get 100% blue coverage. After that? Pintos. After that? Cross pinto's to bolts to get blue headgear on pintos. I could go on and on!

why do i feel like this is going to lead to shrimp with "fricken lazorbeams"








I don't have a clear progression in mind, myself. we started a planted tank for ease of operation. I saw the plants as little green filters. recently, my wife got me back into research after suggesting that she would buy me a tank and pea puffer. the more i read, the more i'm actually appreciating plants for what they look like, rather than what they do. I anticipate a more scaped set of tanks, if not a larger tank or two in my future.

i've always been enticed by saltwater as well, so i might take a shot at that. Initially, i picked up a biocube 8 gallon with the intention of putting shrimp in it, which i still might do, since it seems it is probably a bit on the small side for a first time salt water tank.

i guess like others have said.. changing goals. ciclid tank. rainbow tank. 10,000 gallon shark tank.

ok, probably not 10,000. think 5,000 would be enough?
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No... nver can be big enough.

pmcarbrey: how long until you will sell some of those?

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For me it's refining the aquascape allowing it to morph. Followed by maintaining it over time.

This is a active "living art" hobby, getting it to "aquariums lush with healthy fish and plants " is only an intermediate step. Keeping to going over time at that high quality level is/should be the true goal.
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