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  1. #1

    Default Leaving the hobby

    0 Not allowed!
    I have always said that people in Northern Michigan are not too big on tropical fish. If fish aren't hanging off the end of a pole or cooked on the grill, they could care less about fish. I've invested 10-12 years into this and decided to get out of it for numerous reasons.

    1) I live in an apartment and can't have the size tanks I want. (The size limit is 30 gallons and I moved in here 5 years ago with 3-55's, a 29, 10 and 5.) Didn't take me long to give one of those 55's to my son!
    2) No fish stores within a 2 hour drive for me.
    3) Always worrying about a leak and having to replace the residents furniture on the floor below me.
    4) And getting old is not conducive to moving fish tanks anymore.

    My blood parrots sold right away for $50. They went to a man with 125 gallon so I was OK with that. I gave away my 3 bristle nose, corys and a few odd balls and moved 2 dozens tetra's and the driftwood to my sons tank at his house. So now in my living room sits boxes of junk, two empty 55 gallons, and 6 boxes of substrate and no interest in my ads all over. *sheesh*

    I have learned one thing from this hobby. You take a beating when you buy the stuff but take a bigger beating when you try to sell it. 50 plants all went in the trash and my angelfish got moved into my 29 gallon with my cherry barbs and the neon's. Although the angel seems fine, he has always had 55 gallons so I may continue trying to find a bigger home for him. Two people have asked for him but both of them already have a male angel in their tanks so I would not give him to them for him to get the snot beat out of him.

    Perhaps he is frustrated, tho, because he has decided to spend his days beating up on one leaf on the anubias plant although the tank is full of anubias. It's quite strange to watch him as he will swim away from it then rush back to beat up on it a bit more. Has he lost his mind in this move, ya think?

  2. #2

    Join Date
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    Longmont, Co

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    0 Not allowed!

    You could always just try raising snails :P

    But seriously gonna stick around the forums for a bit or at least check in now and again?
    Who is "General Failure" and why is he reading my hard drive?

  3. #3

    Join Date
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    Ontario, Canada

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    0 Not allowed!
    Sorry to see you get out of it LadyH, but if it's not fun anymore its time to go. Hobbies are supposed to be fun, if they become a chore then it's not a hobby anymore, it's work.

    But maybe you can hang on to a smaller tank and keep some easy plants and a betta around to keep your hand in? And folks around here will still need your pearls of fish wisdom.

  4. #4


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrup View Post
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! But seriously gonna stick around the forums for a bit or at least check in now and again?
    My exact reaction as well
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL=""]

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    I didn't say I don't like keeping fish anymore. I am leaving it for reasons beyond my turning 70 and living on the 5th floor of an apartment building.

    I have my 29 and nothing but snails in my 10 gallon and a 5 gallon crammed under my bed (hospital tank.)

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    Wow, I'm gone from this forum for a year or two and this is the first post I notice!! Don't get out, just downsize :)

    23g FW Community ~ 2.5g antique slate-bottom plakat betta ~ 4g antique slate bottom plakat betta

  7. #7


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    Sorry to hear this LH, you've been such a big part of this forum in the almost year I've been here and obviously the year's before that. There are a few people that if you get reped by or recieve a gift from from you know you said something right and you are one of those.

    Your wit and dry humor will certainly be missed. I hope your going to stay on the forum and give advice.

    Good luck in whatever the future brings you.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ― John Wooden
    Sandy Hook Elementary......Lest We Forget

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    A little further from sanity

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    As much as I hate your decision, I still have to say I understand why you made it and I think it is the best choice for you. I hope you stick around here or at least stop in from time to time because I will miss you terribly. Besides, everyone else but you is tired of my non-stop grandson pictures.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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    Love your picture!!!!! LOL

    Oh, I gotta stop in and say hi and collect my PM's. I don't want to miss out on the gossip or at least be able to start some. :)

    I can still enjoy the fish but without the work! And expense! My little 29 gallon if full of plants as well as my 10 gallon so that will have to do me.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Northeast Pennsylvania

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    0 Not allowed!
    I'm really sad to hear you will be leaving the hobby, you have certainly helped so many people take their first steps in the hobby, myself included. It is totally understandable though from what have stated and I wish you the best

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