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Recently I've signed up for a language exchange program where undergrads studying Japanese (me) meet up with Japanese grad school students (who are studying abroad here in California) and spend 2 hours together, the first speaking Japanese only and the second speaking English only.

My exchange student, Maru-chan and I met up yesterday for our first meeting. We had a very nice chat, and she seemed interested in seeing my aquariums after I showed her some photos at lunch, so we made our way to my room. She was really thrilled with the aquariums, and surprised to learn about the stuff I told her about ADA (incidentally, her home town is very close to Niigata where Amano lives).


Anyway, what I'm trying to get to is something she pointed out almost right away. "I love the water sounds, it's so peaceful!" I was a bit surprised by that since I normally don't think about it.

I then remembered, that when I read a book on Japanese gardening this last summer that water sounds are very important, and the Japanese try to build features into their gardens that will create a water sound (though theirs don't come from CO2 bubbles popping up from a diffuser). I never realized though how sensitive Japanese really are to it. Actually, I felt quite humbled at that moment because I hadn't noticed on my own how beautiful those sounds were. I still have a long ways to go when it comes to noticing/being sensitive to Nature. :(

Maru-chan told me she'd burn me a CD she has that's just water sounds. Wow, I can't wait.

In any case though, is it just me? Or is everyone aware of this already? Now that I think about it, perhaps sound-- water sound-- is one of the aspects of beauty in aquascapes that I've never thought of before. Maybe people should by equipment and may set ups such that they will produce peaceful water sounds, and that is a part of the art.

Also, maybe one more reason why glass diffuser > Reactor. :hihi:
 

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My tank is how I get to sleep. I hear the water and I just doze off. When Im angry I can go to my tank and the water that moves I can hear and it calms me down. Also watching the plants sway with the water has calming effects.

If people can make an Overflow or something to cause the sound of a water fall then maybe they(and their tank) will be more relaxxed.
 

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I think it varies person to person. I had some CDs that where like water, and thunder, and birds and things like that they're around somewhere. I'm not sure if the sounds of water help me fall asleep but it can be calming. On the other side it can be annoying when it's too loud.

Staring into any good planted fish tank calms me down, I can't say the same about plastic planted tanks:icon_roll .

It's called a low water level with a HOB filter. =P

Of course, that outgasses all your CO2 that's being pumped in.
And Ironically I need to go fill up the 4 inches of water in my 55g and also 10g so these water sounds STOP.

So Yeah, I guess it's nice to a certain extent...

-Andrew
 

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But if you're getting your noise from CO2 micro-bubbles, then you aren't losing CO2 for it . . . :)
 

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before getting deep into the planted tank end of this hobby, I had plastic plants with my fish. I then used a powerhead to pressure a horizontal spraybar pointed down and mounted about a centimeter above the waterline. it created a very pleasant running water sound, and a down then up bubble wall effect, that I so regret not being able to enjoy, now that I keep my water disturbance to a minimum to preserve my Co2.
 
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