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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Is anyone else just hypnotized by their tank?

I have been working on a 65 gallon heavily-planted high-tech tank for a couple months now. It's basically complete, and I'm just waiting for the HC to grow in better.

I find myself walking into the living room and just staring at it until I pull myself away to do whatever it was I was supposed to. I'll be talking to someone and have to pull my eyes away from the tank.

To me, it's just hypnotic and beautiful. I almost literally can't look away. I think I did a pretty good job, but certainly not as good as many others here.

I must be particularly susceptible to Tank-Entrancement Syndrome, because it doesn't seem to affect others as much, but I wonder about others here. Do you find yourself just gazing into your tank for perhaps longer than you should?
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 09:00 AM
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My tank is very simple, and doesn't even have any fauna in it yet (cycling) but I still go sit and stare at it for half an hour or more at a time.
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I have a 50gal w/ fake plants, no real light.. And if something needs done in the living room, its probably not gonna happen. Lol. My 1 year olds the same way
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Yup... not only standing there staring at it, but also taking pictures of them on my cellphone constantly to continue looking at them! Lol... guess I like to analyse my scape, growth, and ways to improve it....or simply just admire it if I like the direction it's going.


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Yup... not only standing there starring at it, but also taking pictures of them on my cellphone constantly to continue looking at them!.
Ha ha!! Me too. I shoot some videos on my iPhone just to look at on the train or whenever, and I'm not above showing them to people who are too polite to refuse.


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its an obsession, but a healthy one

usually much better and entertaining then whats on TV

Doesn't mean the wife isnt pissed when i get sucked in for a few hours...

It is better to travel well than to arrive.


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Oh yes! LOL! Staring at the plants and fish & shrimp in the aquariums is a good stress buster after a busy day at the office and doing hospice.

"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Most of my friends have always thought i was a little weird being so obsessed with fish, but every sunday when i have a ritual bbq at my place they get some beers in them, among some other organic substances they always end up staring at the tanks, and say "i understand why you like it so much", and fish do have personality's.

I'm not into the image, but into the hobby...
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Yup. Staring at it all the time. In fact sometimes I'm watching tv but end up watching the tank and I'll have no clue what's happened during the tv show.

After a long day at work, the quiet, peaceful tank is a wonderful break from the noise. Plus fish don't talk back
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My Cherry Shrimp tank is in our eat-in kitchen. I find myself moving my chair to face the tank and scooting closer and closer to watch the little critters. Next thing I know, dinner is cold and I'm still watching them.

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post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 02:12 PM
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I definitely get sucked in. I find that I have the urge to set up a tank in pretty much every room that I spend most of my time in. Living room, bedroom, etc. When I was at college I had a planted 55 in the living room where my roommates and I always hung out. We'd be watching tv or something and I'd find my roommates staring at the tank. Then they'd start to tell me what a fish had been doing for the last 20 minutes lol.
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i stare at my 55g bb discus grow out tank alot well that and its in my bedroom
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So hypnotized, that a tank quickly became tanks.


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Hit my 37g tall tank last night for a quick MTS cleanup (late evening the little ones climb the walls making it easy to net them out, usually takes all of 30 seconds)--and ended up spending a half hour watching my largest pond snail (large enough that the "sparkles" in it's flesh are clearly visible) traverse the length of a crinum leaf in a slow spiral dance from substrate to surface. Happens alot actually--shrimp, snails, crazy plecos paying peek a boo. It's a never ending box of magic.
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