The wife needs help

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  1. PhilOos

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    Hi people

    How long is my husband going to stare to the almost empty tank before ANYTHING starts growing?? He notices every microscopic thingy that can possibly be alive with tentacles and moving - or not. Can I buy him a rock with a polyp or something on just so that he can stare at something?

    We only added live rock about 5 days ago!
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi,

    patience is key here, what you can do i get some nice LR with a few things on it, but until things have cycled etc, its best to wait
     
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    I did post a warning about this in my thread Starting with Marines, so you can't say that you have not been warned :whistling:

    It does get better after a while, though - after more than 12 years of keeping marines, I now only spend an hour or two per day looking at my tank and it's inhabitants :biggrin:

    Whatever you do, just make sure that he NEVER buys a microscope, or a D-SLR camera, because either of these, combined with a marine tank, will have a disastrous effect on him...

    Hennie
     
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    The only thing you can buy now is live rock without corals on. Anything else like corals, invertebrates or fish will suffer as the nitrogen cycle is not completed yet. Ammonia and nitrites are very toxic to fish and invertebrates, so rather wait a few weeks more.
    It will get a bit more exciting when copepods and amphipods starts to run around - they look like little shrimpies. Cute little buggers to look at, especially when they fight over a piece of food :)
     
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    The best is to keep his mind occupied [​IMG]
     
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    it's like mini child birth takes awhile :)
     
  8. cassie1

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    I know how you feel PhilOos, I began cycling my tank a week ago and have to keep on looking at base rock at the moment but as they guys pointed out, patience is the name of the game. Just a few more weeks ;)
     
  9. silvano14

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    Listen to the guys they know what they are talking about. I did not listen and definately paid for it, literally paid a lot for it. Slow and steady. It is worth while in the end even though it may not seem so right now. PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE
     
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    I have learned so far that you need patience and deep pockets, as well as that I don't know enough of this hobby yet!

    Patience and knowledge is the key!
     
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    Does he smoke? Do you smoke?
     
  12. deadmeat2016

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    What does that matter? :lol: going to check out ur clowns at the two oceans tomorrow

    Your husband will soon get a bit bored and will stop spending so much time staring as the tank starts filling with livestock, the tank viewing time will only become longer until he refuses to eat or sleep :p not really, my advice is, if you can't beat'em, join 'em!
     
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    It does matter. When I started reefkeeping in 1995, I was a smoker and my wife not.
    After a while she said, it is enough now. You spend so much money on your tank, that has to stop now. Stop smoking and spend the money on your tank instead on cigarettes. I stopped after 15 years of
    smoking from one day to the other. The addiction of reefkeeping was stronger than the addiction of nicotine.
    So if he smokes and you not, there might be a way of
    changing that. :)
     
  14. PhilOos

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    Hi yes he is smoking and I'm not. But I am working on that! We bought live rock today with something like polyps on. And there is also a small snail on. So it looks more alive now!
     
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    You see deatmeat2016? It does matter!
     
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    & now you smoke like a trooper right?:whistling:
     
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