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04-02-2010, 12:21 AM
Consider this a non entry also...I won last year, and would like to see someone else win!
I love this hobbie!
Its something that my dad instilled in me- fish tanks, including saltwater. Had a saltwater tank in my home since before I can remember- and I am 34 years old...It is also somthing for me, as a father, to instill into my daughter- for better or for worse...doesnt matter.
The joys or growing somthing, that not just anybody can grow.
The colors added to my house! My living room is pretty conservative contempoary ( wood and earth tones) but my tank is full of color and action- yet fits right in!
I am addicted to fragging- and not just beacause I want to...every time I frag something, I understand that that is one less coral that could have been baught and sold as a wild colected colony, passed along to another reefer.
The chalenge- and OH YES! Its a chalenge! Only a reefer can understand....There are so many ways to create a succesfull reef- But none are exactly the same as the next person. Getting there, and getting it right is all part of the fun, and challenge, presented!
This isnt just a hobbie. Its an evolving hobbie. You can "get out" or quit, for less than a year. When you come back- things have changed! Hobbies are meant to keep you busy, right? This hobbie will surely do that. Year to year, this hobbie is different, and with that difference- more time and effort (and most of the time $$$, lol) is spent in the persuit of doing well in this hobbie.
Collecting- There are many hobbies involving colecting, but this one- you cant just collect....after collecting, you still face the challenge of keeping. You cant just find somthing, purchase- and just HAVE for the rest of your life- like stamps.
The forums! Reef keeping forums are some of the geatest forums I have had the privilage of being a part of! Local, or global- they are great! I could go one for pages about this part, but I wont.
Local- I have met so many, and become freinds with alot, of people throughout my forum experiances, because of a couple forums- and found a place for me to be of service to many, due to one in particular. Local forums are a great place to share, localy, your experiances, get help in an extreme emergency, buy sell and trade, and create long and lasting freindships.
Globally- There is a wealth of knowlege globaly, that just cant begin to be described! And during digging into that wealth, there is much to be learned- and not just about reefing....not to mention those people, although far away- impact your reef!
The knowledge that you support someone (or many people) in your comunity. LFS's arent there for nothing.....they suply jobs, and spread the knowledge that breaths life into this hobbie! Everytime I spend, even a dollar, at my LFS- I know I have helped someone else get into it!
And cant not include-
I could keep going, but really want to see what others have to say!
Good luck all!
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