Why do you reef?

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by irshaad, 23 Dec 2009.

  1. irshaad

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    I read an international thread on this, and have also been asked this alot lately.
    Why do I put myself through all the difficulty of having a reef tank? Why do i gladly do so much to keep it going. Why do i put myself through all the work of setting one up? etc, etc.

    For me, its a lot of reasons.
    I love the ocean,its splendour and its inhabitants. I love having a hobby that can keep me occupied at anytime day/nite. I love the great support network (masa of course). I can go on and on.

    What's your reason?
     
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  3. RiaanP

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    Show me another hobby were you have to learn so much.

    Lights
    Electrical
    Water Flow
    Water Parameters
    Chemical stuff that bored you at school
    Liveforms in the sea.
    How to care for each type
    sump and tank designs
    DIY stuff you can try (and fail on the first try - only to do it better next time around) (And you are proud of it, even if it looks crap)

    In short, It keeps me busy and out of mischief (mostly)
     
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    Avid diver and love the ocean. My dad had a tank 10 years ago which he really struggled with so i had to show him i could do it the right way :)
     
  5. Anemone

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    It is relaxing to watch, beautiful, stimulates the mind, and the personal satisfaction of seeing new life coming alive in a glass box in the comfort of my home.
     
  6. JD167

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    I also get that question a lot. My reasons are:

    It's a very unique hobby.
    The DIY side of it.
    It's challenging. Taking something as complex as the ocean and simulating it in my house is a great challenge. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
    You learn every single day.
    Taking care of something and watching it grow is very rewarding to me. Some people spend hours in their gardens doing little things, watering here and snipping there. Same applies to Marine tanks.

    Most people just don't understand why we do it though...
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    It's a passion for me, to be able to keep a piece of the ocean in my house and see things grow is so rewarding - like mentioned by JD as well.
    I just love sitting infront of the tank, explain to non-reefers how things work, DIY, etc.

    Can't wait to set up my new tank :)
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    im part fish im sure of it... i dont know why its just in my blood
     
  9. irshaad

    irshaad Thread Starter

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    yeah, i love explaining to non-reefers too and watch their shock and amazment at all the different aspects, but then i get the "but then why do u do it?" :p
     
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    Why are we all here ???



    Because we're NOT ALL THERE :biggrin:

    But we love it.....

    Hennie
     
  11. Falcon

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    For me its very simple always played with freshwater tanks that my bro started when i was small...but ....

    One day I walked into my LFS to buy some malawis and saw THIS!

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    needless to say after seeing this gracefull fish swimming around i was hooked!six years later and i still dont have one:lol: so maybe i'll quit after i get one.:)
     
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    It’s great fun. You can kill hours watching the tank and get to practice your chemistry, maths, electrical and DIY skills. You get to surf the net and keep syringes and Vodka in the garage and no one asks why…. Love the hobby !! Visitors can’t be kept away from the tank
     
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    Because we are madly in love with the ocean environment, so madly that most of us is atleast partially mad.
     
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    Can I say sommer? Sommer.
     
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  16. Andreas

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    I like to waste my money and constantly be worried and stressed out:p

    But seriously, I love the challenge and beauty:thumbup:
     
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    thats me! :P:razz:
     
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    Im a double sucker I drive a Land Rover and reef - both burn cash and cause stress but imposible to give up. Every drive to the LFS is and adventure , will the Landy make it ....... we love going away but hate leaving the tank alone for more than 6 hours.
     
  19. magman

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    I am a fanatic and perfectionist with my tank, but when my friends see me lugging drums of nsw up the beach, they don't understand that it is a labour of love. I had friends that wanted a tank but they watched me always working on my tank, and now they don't want one cause they reckon it's too much work.

    Why I do it, I think it is many reasons from the responsibility of keeping and looking after the marine organisms, to the beauty of the tank. I will tell you one thing though, I do not know when last I watched a dvd or tv program, I would rather lie on the couch in front of the tank and relax after a hard days graft.
     
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    I like irritating my wife !

    But seriously, I love the ocean, the challenge of keeping marines and the company on MASA :)
     
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    Because I lost my marbles & all of the. :p
     
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