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Scooterman

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How do you cope with the limitless knowledge required to truly understand what a reef & reef aquarium is all about?

For those of you that have experience & been in this hobby, this way of life really, how do you deal with the vast amount of information required to run & maintain a true reef aquarium? Think about it, your suddenly a newbie, you have no idea what a reef is, other than what you've seen on TV, books etc. First getting started, where do you go, who knows what & what exactly is a coral? We all walked in the LFS at one time or another & saw those beautiful colorful fish & though man, I want one. Eventually you get started, if lucky, you hit a forum such as this one. Eventually, you learn stuff, you get better equipment, you read you eyes out, oh did I mention that we are also required to have a life outside this hobby (ducking here lol)! Then you get even better learn more, set things up better, still learning, studying fish, corals, it never seems to end. We all seen & read these huge threads on highlighted subjects, that touch just a small fraction of what we must know. The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know as much as you thought, How do you pass all of this to that Newbie & save him some of the problems you encountered. How do you keep up regardless of how much you know, there is always someone throwing something into the pot, stirring things up.
I will say first and foremost, the past three years, I've read more than anything else, I think I'm on the way to soon be qualified to keeping a true reef aquarium & appreciate it for what it really is, well ......maybe.
 

Stang69

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Washington
Im no expert by any streatch nut I am like you I havent read so much since school. If I try to read something that isnt reef or fish related I go to sleep but alas I stay awake to read these forums ehehhe




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Witfull

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New Jersey
i feel like Johnny 5 from the movie short curcuit...input,,,need input. for many of us its beyond hobby, its a life style. this is what we do and who we are. like the biker that gets tattoos and a skiney dodad for his harley (my neighbor just bought a $200 battery cover) we get fish stuff, we talk fishspeak, cut us we bleed saline...lol instead of bike week,,,we got IMAC and MACNA.
 

jeffsreefdotcom

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Feb 24, 2004
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south jersey
Yeah, but it's even worse when you have more than one hobby!

I hunt and collect antique tractors in addition to my fish and reptiles!

talk about info overload and empty wallet syndrome! :D
 

NaH2O

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Yeah, but it's even worse when you have more than one hobby!
Especially when the other hobby is expensive, too!

I love to read reef related anything. Of course, I have a zillion bookmarked links to utilize. I love to see excitement on peoples faces at the LFS or when they discover something new in their tank, or learn about something they didn't know. Besides, who else can I talk about skimmate and fish poop with other than fellow hobbiests. :D
 

jlehigh

Hermit D Crab
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Nov 20, 2003
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Kirkland/Juanita
How do you do it?..... This is a good question...

I have what many consider adult ADD.. I call it being a red blooded American with a pulse. Point being I have a hard time staying tuned to any one subject.. Growing up I just so happened to be facinated by the OR coast and visited the coast yearly. It was one place where there was enough brain stimulation to keep me happy for more than a few hrs and sometimes all day.

Now I find my thoughts bouncing between the education of reefs, equipment, methods, practices and building things.

Thesis: Through the intense amount of data and physical beauty/interest of reefs, the coral reef tank strikes a natural balance with what and who I am resulting in hyper-focused attention and funds :)

The funny thing is... my tank is one of my smaller projects... gotta stay busy!
 

MtnDewMan

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I put together message boards like this one so that everyone can get together and discuss the hobby and learn from each other :)
 

wanareef

reefer addict
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Portland, OR
I'm lkie stang99 - if it ain't reef related, I ain't reading it. I too have several other hobbies and expensive ones too, coin/stamp collecting, jewerly making and the woodworking. And we like to head for the casino's on the weekends, too. My wife has made sure I continue with the jewerly hobby and I have incorporated woodworking into acrylic fabrication. Comes in handy heh heh

I'm always surffing the bd"s for more information and trying to stay away from the online frag sellers - wife said that was getting out of hand. You can "never" have too much knowledge - now to put it to use. Gotta get more frags.....:lol:
 

Doug1

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Aug 1, 2003
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Southern Oregon
Well I got into marine tanks back in 75 or so, eat breath sleep SW, I thought I knew a bit till I evolved into a reef keeper.
Read books and mags, found BBs and clubs. I have been a moderator/admin over 5 yrs on 3 different boards and I never stop learning
 

Montanarocknreefer

New Sheriff In Town
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Jul 21, 2003
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Missoula, Montana
How do you do it?
Well I put RO/DI water in this tank and then add IO salt ----------well ya get the picture!:D

I thought I replied to this thread guess I didn't click the right button!:D

I had a 29 gallon reef tank over 35 years ago and it was not easy then. Not much technology or information out there but we did have a reef club which was cool. :)
 

Scooterman

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35 years ago, can you elabrate on how it was done back then? I was ust a few years old, so I didn't know much about them at the time. :)
 

Montanarocknreefer

New Sheriff In Town
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Missoula, Montana
Hi Scooterman!

Well I had a 29 gallon reef tank as I mentioned and we only had hang on filter with carbon, an under ground filter system, CC for substrate and used tap water.

Used lava rock aquascaping and there was no sps corals that I can remember. I had a jaw fish, a flame scallop, three anenomes and some large green shrimp that got swallowed by one of the anenomes.

We use to go to each member's house and see their tank and learned something new from each tank. Not much info available but we had fun.:)
 
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