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Signs of Tropical Fish Tank Obsession


If you have been following this blog over the past month or so, you will know one of the things I think that is important when keeping fish includes the health benefits that this activity offers to everyone.  Watching fish reduces stress.  But on the other hand, like everything in this world, you can’t go overboard and develop a tropical fish tank obsession.

I know it can happen, I was in that boat when I was in graduate school in University of Alberta, Edmonton.  I had as many as ten tanks in my apartment. It was very easy to do, you add a tank for each new species that catches your eye, and of course you may want to breed them, so the water capacity you control grows constantly. 

It is so easy to lose your perspective and let the fish tanks take over your life.  There are many people who have better tanks than cars, or have sacrificed marital harmony for that one new tank.  I have never really gotten over my obsession with tropical fish, but I was lucky, my employment has always been able to satisfy some of the needs, so it hasn’t gotten too out of hand at home

Practical Fishkeeping, a major ornamental fish publication in the UK recognized this very problem in a recent blog

Some people set up their first fish tank and quite like it, others grow bored, but for a small percentage of the population the small seed of a pastime turns into a strangler vine, cutting off everything around it and making the owner its permanent slave.

Do you have the signs of Tropical Fish Tank Obsession?

I am guilty in many of the characteristics outlined in Practical Fishkeeping blog’s definition of an obsessed aquarist.  It has been quite a while since I have had less than four tanks running.  The difference from my early college days is that the tanks are much smaller, including a Fluval Edge, desktop aquarium and two standard small tanks, a 10 gallon and 20 gallon system.

A newly set-up Fluval Edge

The largest tank is a Tropiquarium that houses its selection of my favorites – African Cichlids.  But I am willing to go on vacation and let a neighborhood student take care of the tanks while I am gone, so I know I am somewhat reformed.

I have a full room of appropriate furniture as well, the tanks are in the each corner of the living room, and we have the full complement of furniture (another clasic sign of tropical fish tank obsession). Thank goodness that the room is quite large to start with.   There are many other symptoms identified in this excellent article that shows the possible problems that such an addiction can cause.

Here’s to keeping your fish keeping hobby sane and within reason. Enjoy the results and benefits of keeping fish.

But please share your comments on the factors that are pushing you over the edge to obsession, We’d love to hear of them

Steve Pond
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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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