Wow. We really ARE on the same journey. I've genuinely had nearly all the same reactions. Definitely super stoked to see the increase in aquaculture, since I've always felt a bit guilty contributing to the death of our reefs. I'll admit, nothing has had me feeling a bit old like talking to the tv and saying, "No live rock? Back in my day, I could walk a few blocks (uphill both ways) and buy as many pounds of live rock I could ever want. Tangs? Why, we had Yellow Tangs in every tank at the LFS."I am on the same journey , just came back after 8 years out of the hobby. It is a very rewarding hobby. Basics are basics. Some tech has made things easier (leds , rollers ) some has not changed a lot (protein skimmers , pumps ) There is advance in knowledge , target is not anymore 0 nitrates and phosphates is more holistic and with more understanding that lab grade purity of water is not the best thing. I am excited to come back and learn more. Some things are disappointing like lack of yellow tangs. On the other hand there is a plethora of captive bred fish and aquacultured corals , that gives some hope that we are not only taking things from nature for our own joy . Live rock is not the most prevalent , man made it is . so changes are in and that is good . Marine depot is gone brs is king , liveaquaria sucks .. but things get moving.
Yes , things have changed. I mean i think aquacultured yellow tangs should not be that hard (ignorance talking) . Anyways i am excited to be back. Happy reefing .Wow. We really ARE on the same journey. I've genuinely had nearly all the same reactions. Definitely super stoked to see the increase in aquaculture, since I've always felt a bit guilty contributing to the death of our reefs. I'll admit, nothing has had me feeling a bit old like talking to the tv and saying, "No live rock? Back in my day, I could walk a few blocks (uphill both ways) and buy as many pounds of live rock I could ever want. Tangs? Why, we had Yellow Tangs in every tank at the LFS."
It started with an innocent trip to the LFS (The Coral Corral, Tampa, FL). I thought my 3.5 year old would get a kick out of the coral and fish - she did. A local brewery was nearby, so I got a beer afterwards (the 3.5 year old has been sober for 3.5 years now), and began to fondly reminiscence about my past tanks. Once upon a time I had 5 nano reef tanks. I remember the joy. The color. The impressed guests . . . and then I began to remember the noise. The stress. The cost. The frustration. The time. OH THE TIME!!!
And yet . . .
I've been online shopping. I've been on YouTube catching up on all the new gadgets, new philosophies, and new software (holy smokes - the software!?), and, as you no doubt would've predicted, my finger has overed over the "purchase" button more times than I'd like to admit.
I'm not sure what's keeping me away from the hobby. Unlike last time, I can actually afford a tank. Although, unlike last time, I have THREE KIDS and TWO CATS. I barely have time to properly supervise my children, but before you call social services, help me! Do I want back in (of course I do, please enable me!)? Should I keep my life simple and reef free (of course not, but I need your help!)?
So help me, new best friends. Inspire me with pictures. Inspire me with stories of great reefing victories. I want to get back in, but I need a little nudge . . .
My father used to tell my mom that he bought an iguana or some fish for us. Obviously he loved animals and we inherited his passion for animals. He introduced me to freshwater aquariums , then we moved to saltwater fish only and so on. I started with this as a teenager and it always brings me good memories . Definitively is a hobbie you can share with your familiy . My son was not that excited when he had to take care of my aquarium for 5 months while i was preparing family move to another country but he still talks me on how relaxing he found seeing the corals and fish. Not the easiest or cheap hobby . All hobbies are expensive not all can be shared with your kids.Some things are given to us by our parents that we never let go of and this is one of them. Not easy to find common interests with my 24 year old daughter but this one never gets old and we still go to LFS together and share some of the reef keeping tasks. We can't put a price on that.