What's YOUR aquarium lie?

YellowGuppy

There are lies we all tell ourselves (and our spouses or parents) about this hobby - what's yours?

Mine is "THAT was definitely the last piece of duckweed. I've totally eradicated it this time."
 

jkkgron2

“I’m NOT going to feed my adorable begging bettas more food!”
 
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kallililly1973

Someday I’ll trim the plants in my 29 so I can see the DW
 

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YellowGuppy

Someday I’ll trim the plants in my 29 so I can see the DW
Are you SURE there's driftwood in there?
 
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david1978

1 tank. I will only have 1 tank.
 
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kallililly1973

Are you SURE there's driftwood in there?
Hahahahaha I promise there is I see it when I do my WC’s
 
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MissPanda

I always say this is the last thing im buying, but then I always want to tweak something. Add a rock, or add a plant or remove a plant. I'm perpetually unsatisfied and always changing something in my tanks.
 
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kallililly1973

How do all your plants survive?! I’ve been trying to keep Java moss, Java fern, and hornwort alive. Only the Marimo moss balls survived lol
WC’s ferts and in my 29 it has organic soil capped with PFS so the plants do exceptionally well but all my other tanks just have PFS and also do very well it’s all about finding the right balance of lights stocking and ferts. And of course weekly WC’s. I do 50-75% WC’s on all my tanks every 5-7 days and the fish and plants like it.
 
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cdw202x

1 tank. I will only have 1 tank.

I certainly relate to this! I purposely decided to go with a betta since I knew one would be the limit. I live in an a small apartment and just don't have a lot of room for tanks.

Fast forward one month: I still have my first betta, but now also have another plakat betta and was surprised to learn a half-blind betta is on it's way to me.
 
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Lucy

That fish? No, that's not new. I's been in there for a while. Remember, I told you abut it.
 
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ayeayeron

“I’m NOT going to keep trying for a shrimp tank. No more.”

(Have currently had 3 shrimp tanks fail within the span of a year, on my fourth one)
 
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86 ssinit

I’m only going into the pet store to look. I won’t buy anything .
 
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86 ssinit

Followed by...Well you have to support the small local guy .
 
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Frisbee

"No, I only want ONE tank, and no bigger then 10 gallons."

1 year later: "A 40 isn't That big, and I can still fit the 10 on the shelf below..."
 
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MacZ

I’m only going into the pet store to look. I won’t buy anything .

For two months now the total opposite for me. "I'm gonna buy x,y,z because I deserve spending a bit and my fish will appreciate it." Well... nope. Been there three times since, browsed and went home not having bought anything.
 
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MomeWrath

"I would give up all my indoor tanks to have my pond."
BAAAHAHAHAHA like that would ever happen...or he would ever ask...
 
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YellowGuppy

"I would give up all my indoor tanks to have my pond."
BAAAHAHAHAHA like that would ever happen...or he would ever ask...
"I [hypothetically] would" and "I'm going to" are, objectively, not the same statement. It's all a matter of semantics!
 
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John58ford

I'll definitely remodel the kitchen before I build my next/another tank...
 
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YellowGuppy

I'll definitely remodel the kitchen before I build my next/another tank...
Ooooooo, those are split motivations in this household. Maybe I can convince my wife that if she gets her kitchen reno, I can have more tanks!

Okay, seriously though, THAT ONE must be the last piece of duckweed...
 
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Falena

" This colour morph fish definitely didn't cost more than the regular kind"

This thread has really made me realise how much I lie to myself hilarious
 
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SnookusFish

"Im going to leave it (the tank) alone now"
 
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YellowGuppy

Now I'll never need to buy another _____ again!
 
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eaglebalmlover

Spending well over 2,000 on a few small tanks over an amount of 2 years isn't TOO bad...
 
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JuiceBox52

What? I have plenty of room for more fish! Just one more..... (Currently on my 7th tank, building a multi level stand so I have an excuse to buy more in the future)
 
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YellowGuppy

Spending well over 2,000 on a few small tanks over an amount of 2 years isn't TOO bad...
I have this weird thing about always trying to make my hobbies pay for themselves, so I keep track of literally every single dollar I spend on hobbies, as well as any income that they bring in.

Total spent to date: $273
Total recieved: $441 (~160% of initial investment)
Net profit: $168

Many people say this hobby is a money pit. I tend to disagree!
 
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JuiceBox52

Do you sell fry or plants?
I have this weird thing about always trying to make my hobbies pay for themselves, so I keep track of literally every single dollar I spend on hobbies, as well as any income that they bring in.

Total spent to date: $273
Total recieved: $441 (~160% of initial investment)
Net profit: $168

Many people say this hobby is a money pit. I tend to disagree!
 
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Liv2011

“This is my last tank.”
The only way I convince myself of this is by reminding myself that I’m going to have to get my own place eventually, and 150 cumulative gallons is a lot to move.
That will totally, definitely keep me resisting the impulse to start another tank.
(My neighbor is reserving her empty 90g and 110g tanks for me already...I’m going to have fun when I move out and have room for them.)
 
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SavTheArtist

Mine is probably, to myself- every time I'm at the pet store... "Don't ask for a betta... don't ask for a betta... don't do it."

to my parents- "What? No- of course there isn't more babies than before..." and "I'm sure they can't get pregnant that many times"
 
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Rcslade124

The saltwater tank is done I don't need anything but fish!
This is your tank babe! This is the last one!
 
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Hannah1064

"This is seriously the last thing I'm buying for this tank!"
 
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FishGirl115

I will stop at 5 tanks
Will NOT spend any more money on this hobby...
 
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flyinGourami

Will NOT spend any more money on this hobby...
That is literally impossible lol.

This is not a lie, but I WILL NOT LET MY PARENTS FIND OUT HOW MUCH I HAVE SPENT.
 
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StarGirl

It only cost......(A LOT LESS) than it did actually..... Ooops.
 
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JuiceBox52

That is literally impossible lol.

This is not a lie, but I WILL NOT LET MY PARENTS FIND OUT HOW MUCH I HAVE SPENT.
If I saved all the money (or even half) that I've spent on fish I'd have a really nice car or a horse by now
 
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eaglebalmlover

I have this weird thing about always trying to make my hobbies pay for themselves, so I keep track of literally every single dollar I spend on hobbies, as well as any income that they bring in.

Total spent to date: $273
Total recieved: $441 (~160% of initial investment)
Net profit: $168

Many people say this hobby is a money pit. I tend to disagree!
I know, it's not a money pit. I just wanna spend the money
 
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flyinGourami

If I saved all the money (or even half) that I've spent on fish I'd have a really nice car or a horse by now
Just the start-up cost was more than what I spent on the vending machine when I was younger
 
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YellowGuppy

Do you sell fry or plants?
Both, though selling fry has been surprisingly less lucrative than, for example, selling snails. I bought four ramshorns from another local aquarist (50¢ each) and dropped two of them into my own tank and two in the tank at work. Less than six months later, I've sold $67 worth of snails somehow. Flame moss has also been a big seller; got a $5 portion once, and have since sold >$150 worth, also within a span of ~6 months.
 
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GingerV513

Both, though selling fry has been surprisingly less lucrative than, for example, selling snails. I bought four ramshorns from another local aquarist (50¢ each) and dropped two of them into my own tank and two in the tank at work. Less than six months later, I've sold $67 worth of snails somehow. Flame moss has also been a big seller; got a $5 portion once, and have since sold >$150 worth, also within a span of ~6 months.
Where do you sell? On here?
 
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AquaCaitlin

“This is my last aquarium, I promise!”

Said this to myself two aquariums ago....
 
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YellowGuppy

Where do you sell? On here?
Nope; not sufficiently motivated to try to figure out shipping! I'm also in Canada, so for most (US) buyers, shipping would be inordinately expensive, especially seeing I don't have anything super special to sell—it's not like I'm dealing in ultra rare breeds that people will be seeking out; just pest snails and plant trimmings! It's mostly just second hand market sales—Kijiji (essentially Craigslist), Facebook marketplace, local aquarium Facebook groups, etc.
 
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CHJ

OK I have it planned out with the tax return I will build Nibbles his forever tank in April... Stupid COVID turning me into a lair!
 
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ZoeNC1

Me: “It’s only going to be a little tank mom 10 gallons max. I swear you’ll barely notice it”

Also Me: Proceeds to get 29 gallon tank from the dad of someone I’ve known for years. (Paid nothing for it because we’d known them for so long it was a really great deal.)

My Mom: -_- . . .
 
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YellowGuppy

Okay, but ACTUALLY this time... I think that was THE LAST PIECE OF DUCKWEED.
 
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AquaCaitlin

Okay, but ACTUALLY this time... I think that was THE LAST PIECE OF DUCKWEED.
I have given up on ever getting the duckweed out of my aquariums
 
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YellowGuppy

I have given up on ever getting the duckweed out of my aquariums
I'm very thorough, so I figured I'd be up for the challenge. But since "eradicating" it, I've removed probably thirty more individual pieces, half of which were hiding in the HOB filter cavity. But I THINK the two that I pulled out yesterday might, in fact, be the last ones...
 
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JuiceBox52

I saw a free 42 gallon online and literally begged my family lol. I'll move the ten gallon and 3.5. Gallon and they can go on a double tier stand. See? It wont take up extra room.....
 
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