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Tinthalas Tigris 04-27-2010 03:14 PM

Dealing with the Fishkeeping bug.
I'm no stranger to exotic animal keeping. At a much younger age, I had reptiles galore. My room stank to any visitor, or various mosses, and dirts, and whatever else, but to me it smelled like heaven.

Having 2 red-tail Boas, a ball python, an albino california king snake, a gecko, a pacman frog, a tarantula, as well plenty of other Colubroidea, I lived day to day with snakes on my mind, and became intrigued by anything involving reptiles.

Eventually, I outgrew the hobby, became fascinated instead, by comic books and grunge music, and went on my own path a little different from the rest of the family.

Since I've curbed back into animal keeping with the fish, and created large planted aquariums, I've considered a mess of different tanks, and my wife is starting to get concerned with my new addiction.

I've noticed a number of fish keepers on this forum have multiple aquariums housed in single rooms, similar to how I grew up with my snakes.

What, say you chaps and chapesses, is your means of dealing with this addiction? Do you devote an entire room to fish keeping?

I originally saw having a decoration of fish in each room, similar to how my mother kept flowers in each room to tie them together, but my wife is a bit opposed to the idea of doing that with aquaria. My ADD would love having little worlds to look into no matter what room I am in.

aunt kymmie 04-27-2010 03:20 PM

Sometimes when I'm doing water changes I wish they were all in one room but I like that I can go into one of three rooms and have a nice tank to look at. I've already been told that "that's enough" but we all know that's never gonna happen.

PS. As a youngster I had two red tail boas and a king snake- my room must have smelled just like yours!

Sella 04-27-2010 09:14 PM

I have my two tanks in the living room, since I live alone and my apartment is small. I spent 99% of my time in this room and have thought of moving one tank to my bedroom but I like to enjoy mytanks, so I want to have them in the open.

As well I'm proud of my tanks and the beautiful fish/plants within and like to show them off.

La Reina 04-27-2010 10:16 PM

You may be able to get away with a bunch of smaller tanks,versus a bunch of big tanks.

If you had a five or ten gallon in each room they'd take up relatively little space, could each be their own world, and their small size would make maintenance relatively easy. Plus, you could change them up frequently if the inhabitants in one go south to satisfy your ADD.

jeaninel 04-28-2010 01:00 AM

Five of my eight tanks are in my living room...although 2 are small betta tanks. People walk into my house and say "Wow, you have a lot of tanks." Then they discover that I also have a 55 in my bedroom, a 10 gallon (QT) in my master bathroom and a saltwater tank in my sons room. Yes, I'm hopelessly addicted. I also spend a lot of time in my living room so I enjoy all the tanks there. But I love having a big tank right next to my bed and watch the fish before bedtime while watching (listening) to the 10 o'clock news.

BettaxFishxCrazy 04-28-2010 09:03 AM

I used to have 14 smaller tanks in my bedroom. When I turned on the lights at night my sister used to say it looked like :P Now I have 6 tanks and my bedroom looks much nicer and cleaner. It's quite an addiction, so I try to stay out of the fish area if I have to go out and get supplies. I went to Walmart yesterday to get some stuff and left with 3 bettas which wasn't on my list to get! *rolls eyes*

I still live with my parents and they don't mind my tanks, but if you have a wife that doesn't like it, just sit her down and explain that she has her hobbies and this is your hobbie. I'm sure you support whatever she does, so she should support you on this. Now, that doesn't mean filling every room with lots of You should limit yourself to a number of them and make sure it's ok with her. You don't want to put a strain on your relationship over that. That's what I would do if I was living with my He can't STAND my fish addiction. :P

aunt kymmie 04-28-2010 09:44 AM


Originally Posted by jeaninel (Post 370927)
But I love having a big tank right next to my bed and watch the fish before bedtime while watching (listening) to the 10 o'clock news.

I'm glad I read this. I've been tossing around the idea of setting up a large tank in my bedroom but feel like it would be so "out of the way" and no one would see it but the B/F & me. Then I realize no one needs to see it but me. Maybe it'll be at this point I can let the B/F finally have his "Diver Dan" that he's always bugging me about.

willow 04-30-2010 08:30 AM

i only have one aquarium now,and that's in the living room,along with
two vivariums for the bearded dragons.
i used to have another two tanks,however they for one reason or another
were shut down,and stored away.

kymmie if it keeps B/F in doors happy get the diver :)

aunt kymmie 04-30-2010 01:23 PM


Originally Posted by willow (Post 374062)
kymmie if it keeps B/F in doors happy get the diver :)

Well, you know how they are, give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile. If I give him Diver Dan the next thing you know he'll want the sunken treasure chest. I have to stand my ground!!

Actually, what he really wants is a turtle. We were in the LFS and they had a baby Fly River Turtle and he absolutely fell in love with it. It was as cute as could be but was $500 plus dollars! :shock: It's too bad a turtle like that couldn't winter over in an outdoor pond here in San Diego. They grow too large for an indoor tank.

willow 04-30-2010 02:01 PM

well couldn't you compromise(sp)get him a tiny turtle(do you get little ones ? )
he can put the diver and chest in there.

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