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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-23-2007, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hobby switching

anyone else had the urge to slow or stop their planted tanking and switch to another hobby?

I've been looking into dart frogs for about a year now, but in the past month, i've spent more time on dendroboard.com than any other site, TPT included.

Maybe it's attributed to the fact i just got my first dart frogs.
I've been looking into buying bromeliads and other vivarium plants just to keep kind of as stock, just like i did with aquarium plants a while back.

I've broken down 1 of my planted tanks and turned it into a viv, and took one of my nanos to my grandma's house for her a betta tank.

I now have an even balance of vivariums and aquariums in my room, the ration being 3:3,lol. And i already designed, built, and partially planted a VIV at my grandparents house, just like a few years ago i made them a 55 planted aquarium.


Just wondering who else is switching hobbies?

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-23-2007, 03:18 PM
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i knoow what your saying, i have always loved fish tanks, then things kinda got stagnant, i then discovered planted tanks and went crazy, got alittle slow, and now im really into shrimp and dwarf inverts!

i think it will probly be the same with you and your dwarf frogs, just a more costly conversion!!!


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I switched to leopard geckos for a few months but now im already back into aquariums, No matter what I will always have the aquarium bug lol.
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I've often thought about getting rid of my aquatic snakes, but I know that I would regret it. I still think about it sometimes, but everything is fully automated now including the WCs and dechlor--so all I do is feed the fish. The way I like things actually! With the snakes, feeder fish, fish, plants, plumbing, electrical--its been a heck of a ride over the last 2 1/2yrs! But I've enjoyed it even when I was pulling my hair out! I am Curious George and I do gravitate from one thing to another, but Somehow, for me, I think there will be atleast 1 tank of water around for many yrs to come......


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WOW, great topic.

I had a "chipped" 75g glass tank I was too scared to put water in and deceided to keep 6 dart frogs in it. WHAT a wonderful experience.

Dart frogs are wonderful animals to keep, and offer a challanging hobby. Myself, I was able to breed and sell, and give away a hundred frogs.

I was able to use most of my aquarium substrate, and an internal filter to create both a "damp" and moist environment with a small pool. My frogs flourished, I had a great breeding colony with a excellent environment.

They had a constant supply of fruit flies, form on-line store and home grown. In the summer I ventured to find their favorite, termites. I cultivated turmites from a local woodland park, they went crazy for termintes.

After several years we bought a new home and was not able to "manage" the move in the dead of winter, I lost three frogs all females, and with the intruption of food, and environment, I deceided to give the others away.

Dart Frogs seem senistive to environmental changes, With dart frogs It is important to maintain a constant environment and if you have the chance and time to enjoy them, they are wonderful.

I really miss my Darts.
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i always wanted to keep indian star turtle, but they're so expensive.


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I have to take time for other hobbies every so often. I have so many that I love and so little time and money for them all. It's hard to prioritize them sometimes. I'll always have my aquariums, but sometimes they have to come second so I can devote time and funds to other things.

Come spring, hopefully I will be finished with all my DIY aquarium projects. I'd like to build another r/c plane. It's been a long time since I've built, flown, and crashed one. I kinda miss that.
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So many hobbies, so little time . I'm just looking forward to the day when I can really get back to my hobbies. Even thought I "seem" to spend a lot of time on the computer, and on forums, it's something I can pick up and put down, just spend a minute or two and then go and do something else. Most of my craft type hobbies take a lot of time. Painting (which I haven't done for years), pottery and sculpture, gardening (the terrestrial kind), maybe some real woodworking instead of doing something because I have to. I think that's why several of the house projects got a little fancier than they needed to be to be purely functional; I had to have some kind of artistic outlet! I have to make time for the aquariums and I don't like that.

I have occasionally thought of doing a paludarium/vivarium as they fascinate me, but then the sweet voice of reason kicks in . . .

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I enjoy both planted tank keeping and four wheel drive truck off-road driving. The latter is a bit more expensive though, which is why I'm more active with my tanks.


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I've got the planted tank, a flourishing shrimp tank and a pair of leopard geckos...too many hobbies

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Not a huge change, but I just got back from the in-laws for the holiday and my father-in-law has a 150 gal. reef tank. Now, I must have. Just need the funds, any donors?


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I'm following you there Dufus-Iv'e been spending an equal amount of time here and the dendroboard. Building a 65 gallon viv for darts in the spring
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Some other things I'd like to try (though related to the hobby):

- goldfish only tank with hardy plants like izuso's
- turtle terrarium -- red-eared sliders
- marine tank -- either fish-only, or reef-focused

Carpentry would be something non-related I'd like to try.
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I was really into planted tanks till May of this year when I bought my 07 vstar motorcycle Now I spend my time customizing it and riding. Still like to trim my tanks but the bike is pretty fun at the moment.

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