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post #76 of 104 (permalink) Old 12-03-2018, 03:44 PM
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"what keeps us in the hobby?"
A burning desire to beat burr...
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A burning desire to beat burr...
That's too much work! I think it's more that we are, basically, all masochists.
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For me, it is completely based on time. When I do not have time, this hobby will suffer. I spend hours on a Saturday to perform maintenance.
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For me it’s my Bipolar that shifts me away. Though it’s the most therapeutic hobby for me. Watching the fish interact with their environment is the most relaxing thing IMO. But usually with my bipolar I fade in and out of interest with things but I’ve always kept the tank running. And usually when I take a step back it ends up becoming a really stable system too.

Though I will add the larger tank compared to what I had keeps me interested. With the light stocking it keeps itself much healthier and stable, even without input from my end. My 40g was a struggle but this tank is honestly a set it and forget it.
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A burning desire to beat burr...
Blasphemy!

You must come to terms with this.

Around here, @burr740 is Master Po...................and we are all Young Grasshoppers!

I'm pretty sure Burr once said to me "Seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions".



On second thought, that reference might not make sense to the youngsters here (under 50!).

Maybe this one is better............then we are all Daniel-San's.



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A burning desire to beat burr...
Who the hell is burr?


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got into this 5 months ago as grandkid wanted a couple of fishes and i took it as a chore. 5 gallon tank but it seems I have to change water every 3-4days max as the Green algae starts to pop up.

Now it's a Hobby and am spending a whole lot for a couple of plants and fishes, man, there's a lot of stuff one can buy and I bit. lol, I ENJOY this hobby now, there has to be an upgrade of this or seeing results or this could become a chore as how I saw it from the start.

I'm half way into a wheel chair barring any falls that would shorten the time into it.
That's the End game for me, not being able to handle 2 gallons water changes back and forth.

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My firsts tank was a salt water and at first really loved it and slowly stared to get bored of it . Then I found my self wanting to go bigger and get more stuff and start a new build and got in to sumps and stuff making it more interesting. I had that tank for 2 years and then I had to move out of my parents House and couldíve t take it so I sold all of it . Then 5 years later I found out about discus fish and have to have them and it started all over for me . I find to stay interested in the hobby u have to keep adding stuff and changing out stuff on your tanks to keep it interesting. I find the build for me is more fun and seeing how it turns out . I just started my first planted tank a few months ago and love it but it does get pretty overwhelming I still have a lot to learn about them and I think thatís what keeps me going
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Blasphemy!

You must come to terms with this.
To be the best you gotta beat the best
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Idk what you guys are talking about. Im still trying to get the damn wax off over here


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What makes people give up on planted tanks? Algae would have to be #1....
My patience has almost been exhausted dealing with this black-ish algae that nobody seems to know about. I have found that h2o2 and Excel will kill it, but only if it's treated out of water. The stuff is really, really nasty. The same exact treatment while it's submerged does jack.
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My patience has almost been exhausted dealing with this black-ish algae that nobody seems to know about. I have found that h2o2 and Excel will kill it, but only if it's treated out of water. The stuff is really, really nasty. The same exact treatment while it's submerged does jack.
I would hate to see you give up. I'm sure that you've explored it ad nauseam, here and elsewhere, but here are a couple ideas that you might not have considered (without going too far afield from this thread topic):

- When I get the occasional algae expansion due to some disruption, and if the algae is susceptible to glut (red algae), I dose about 2 ml/gal of Excel to my tank for a complete knockdown. You may not be hitting it hard enough. I have posted, elsewhere, the preparation needed and process. Of course, killing it is only a short-term solution.

- There are environmental testing services that will identify the algae type. They can be expensive at around $100 but, if you're desperate, maybe it's worth it to you. Two that I have found are:
http://www.oakwoodlab.com/ and https://www.enviroscienceinc.com/
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I don't know what would make me give up keeping boxes filled with water and stuff, I've had tanks in one form or another for 40+ years now. When I get to that point of giving up I will let you folks know
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I don't know what would make me give up keeping boxes filled with water and stuff, I've had tanks in one form or another for 40+ years now. When I get to that point of giving up I will let you folks know
Hey you are from Hell Michigan! Right down the road from me.

Used to spend quite a bit of time there and Silver Lake. Got a few old Hell MI bar t-shirts somewhere in a box in the basement. Saw your location and brought up some good old memories!
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