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Why This Hobby is Awesome

My co-worker asked me why I like "fish" so much the other day (I only have a shrimp tank at work - she just calls everything aquarium related - fish. She's dumb)

I have been in the hobby for over a decade and ventured from planted to reef and everything in between. So without skipping a beat I gave her an answer off the fly that only after I've said it, realized what an awesome hobby this is, so I want to share it with you.

The aquarium hobby is one of the few hobbies you can have that touches almost all major fields of the scientific community (by no means expert, but you have to have a basic understanding of the fundamentals - especially if you DIY). Here's a list of "fields" I've touch on in my 10 years in the hobby
- Biology
- Botany
- Chemistry
- Physics
- Electrical
- Mechanical
- Geology
- Genetics
- Controlled experiments
- Not really a science but Carpentry

On top of all that, this is one of the few instances where I get to play God. I provide literally EVERYTHING the beings living in my tank to survive. EVERYTHING. You can't do that with a dog.

She did't get it. She's dumb.


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Definitely agree! There might be even more to add to that list. Especially if you expand into the artistic aspects.
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Curious how this comes into play.

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Curious how this comes into play.
Mostly classical physics - Building overflows/sumps require a basic understanding of Gravity. Placing powerheads properly in reef tanks needs fluid dynamics to achieve true chaos flow pattern. Also when dealing with light intensity, wave length, reflectors, etc. - optics is considered a sub field of physics.


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Curious how this comes into play.
CO2 offgassing due to surface agitation. Delivering CO2 effectively to leaves across the Prandtl boundary. Setting up optimal flow patterns. Choosing filter media to provide good mechanical filtration without clogging too quickly. Bet others can think of more.
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I like animal keeping in general, but specifically what makes fish different, is that it is far more feasible to make a little environment. You can re-create nature, or you can mix and match things that naturally wouldn't meet to create something artistic.

Some people might compare this to keeping reptiles, but you can interact with reptiles and you don't really co-hab them the way you do aquarium things. Finches I guess are similar but even them, most finches are the same body shape wise and I don't think people make ecosystems so much as just communities in a non-organic enclosure.

Also, I challenge someone to get the kind of colors and shapes we find in the aquarium hobby in any other living creature.

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Not science but you could also add:

- Art
- Structural analysis (arranging that aquascape)
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I like the artistic aspect of "fish" tanks. (Aquariums)

I also like the fact that the entire environment is compact and self contained.
Shut-ins, children, old folks can all enjoy the beauty of a tank without too much muss and fuss-or exercise.

I have had all sorts of animals, wild and domesticated. Emus, peacocks, snakes, horse, pygmy goats, etc.
Groomed and interacted with wolves, and even young jaguars at a zoo.
Aquariums by far are just as entertaining without hands on. (well, some of my fish do like being petted)

As far as living things go, you are right, the color can't be beat. I knew someone who had a greenhouse and raised passion flowers-that came close, but no cigar
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You can also add in psychiatry. For me, aquariums can be a fantastic stress reliever. I can't tell you how many days I've come home from a super stressful day, sat down in front of the aquarium for 5-10 min and felt 100% better.


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LOL, this list is fun. Add colorimetry. And feng shui.
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Why This Hobby is Awesome

It also touches on the spiritual. Not necessarily my tank but there are alot of "Zen" type aquascapes out there, sort of like thelub stated, you could lose yourself in the tank. The cohesive sounds of water, the movement of the plants, fish etc. Yeah, definitely spiritual too.

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