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  1. #11

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    I've had aquariums and fish nearly my whole life. They became much more interesting when I was old enough to choose my own fish, lol. I bred a number of different species of cichlids, catfish, and of course livebearers. I had a couple dozen tanks running, and uncounted thousands of dollars invested over the years. Finally got tired of changing water, got rid of most of the fish, and switched my focus to snakes instead. I still have the 220 running, with a number of fish from other tanks that ended up in there, haven't added any fish for several years now. I've lost a few of the older cichlids, but the yellow Lab's keep breeding (and adding a new resident occasionally) along with the bristlenose pleco's, while the silver dollars and botia's seem like they'll go on forever. I've thought about taking down the 220 as well a couple times, but that seems like more trouble than keeping it running, and some of those fish are more like pets than ornamentals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhistlingBadger View Post
    Well, this is a strange coincidence. I was in town today when Mrs. Badger called to tell me that Pearl had died! Wish I could say that made the decision easier...
    Sorry to hear this, Thomas
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    Oh my, sorry to read about Pearl. Guessing you have decided to take the bigger tanks down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boundava View Post
    Oh my, sorry to read about Pearl. Guessing you have decided to take the bigger tanks down?
    No, I haven't decided anything yet. Just thinking it over. Considering taking down the 55 and re-creating the 29 into something new.

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    I'm sorry to hear about Pearl. I hope your badgerling didn't take the loss too hard. I'll cast a vote in favor of the 29g. I'd like to set up one of those again myself someday.

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    The 29 recreation seems like a great idea, looking forward to see what you do with it.
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    Hey Thomas.

    I'm so glad you have this place to work your thoughts out, here. It is work, too... and personal. Something that every person has to do for themselves - but only if they personally wish to do so. (It always amazes me that there really are folks out there who would rather - purposefully - not. but there is my own ramble)

    You. You have to be the one, because it is for you.

    I can only offer my own perspective as an example, and you can determine if you relate, or not.
    For me personally, I have been striving toward 'living more authentically me' for a few years now. (Maybe 6? Perhaps more like 8 years. Guessing under a decade... but I do lose track of time) It has been a lot of (emotional, mental) work and still has yet to be complete. But the work is worthwhile and I do see great benefits. I'm beginning to think this is very likely one of those on-going journeys of life, even.

    It sounds as if you have been doing the same sort of work yourself.
    For me, in my life, I found (to my great surprise) that I actually enjoy most of my chores. Perhaps it is that I enjoy them 'being done', or maybe it is the process of some of those, or in some cases, it is what those chores represent that brings me the pleasure.

    Whatever it is that you decide, I do hope you remain in touch here. I offer my support to you as you find the path that is right for you, and am always ready to listen to your rambles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhistlingBadger View Post
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    these tanks are so stable I've actually grown pretty bored with them. I barely spend any time working with my home tanks--partly because they're so stable they actually require very little input from me--and when I do, I don't get much out of it. It just feels like another chore. I rarely spend time staring at my tanks any more, enjoying the antics and beauty of the fish. It's just another thing on the to-do list.

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    I find watching the fish swim around very relaxing, and maintaining the tank is the price to pay for that entertainment. If (as you mentioned) I should stop enjoying watching the fish, then it is actually good to quit... since it is just all work and no fun.

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