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Thread: Is the aquarium hobby dying?

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    Wink Is the aquarium hobby dying?

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    Hi All You Wet Fingers,

    I have been a member here for some time. I was just wondering “how come aquatic quotient has become so quiet ever since it reopened.” Any of the senior members can highlight? Is the hobby dying or everyone moved to a different website? Cause I remember it used to be be buzzing with post and questions and hobbiest sharing their experiences. We even had senior members sharing their reviews on new aquascaping products constantly. My question is, what has happened?

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    Re: Is the aquarium hobby dying?

    I have some friends who also keep fishes too like Bettas or predatory fish. But many of us don't discuss about it when we're around one another so I guess we probably also won't do so online. But I think the hobby is still doing well today.

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    Re: Is the aquarium hobby dying?

    No, I don’t think that it is dying. Many LFS still have many customers like C328.

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    Re: Is the aquarium hobby dying?

    Probably to do with convenience. If we had a telegram chat created it’ll probably be great, with people having questions getting a quick reply


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    Re: Is the aquarium hobby dying?

    Quote Originally Posted by El-nemo View Post
    Hi All You Wet Fingers,

    I have been a member here for some time. I was just wondering “how come aquatic quotient has become so quiet ever since it reopened.” Any of the senior members can highlight? Is the hobby dying or everyone moved to a different website? Cause I remember it used to be be buzzing with post and questions and hobbiest sharing their experiences. We even had senior members sharing their reviews on new aquascaping products constantly. My question is, what has happened?
    The nature of the internet has changed. It is a lot more commercial today than it used to be. People used to pay money to host their own content - personal websites, forums like Aquatic Quotient, etc. Over time, Facebook found out that harvesting our personal information and sending us targeted ads (i.e. manipulating us to buy stuff) was profitable, and that it's a good business model to tempt us over to to host all our content there for free. So everyone has gone to Facebook. But Facebook has a different nature than a community-owned forum.

    In short, we were cheap, and we got an internet that's run by people who think of us as ways to make money.

    There are some good groups on Facebook. But the content can't be picked up by search engines easily anymore. Which probably means lots of good stuff is made and lost and made and lost again and again over the years.

    And also, separate from the above, is that forums were maybe a result of computing being done on large screens, with nice keyboards to type on. Now that people have gone to mobile computing, the size of content seems to have become smaller. Articles became shorter. Even videos too (compare Tik Tok with Youtube, maybe). People don't want to struggle with walls of text (like the one I am producing here). Image searches became a lot more popular than text searches. Video searches are now available. Why look up a written tutorial when a video tutorial is available?

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    Re: Is the aquarium hobby dying?

    Some of the points here hit the mark . But I guess ( speculating on my part ) is that they may not have enough space at home to have some aquarium . I say some because most aquarium keeper I know not only keep 1 tank but are always planning to have more but because of space constraint can only make do with 2 or 3 . Couple with the electrical cost and weight limitation for those staying in HDB flats , the pursuit for bigger tanks are always placed on the back burner . Myself included .
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    Re: Is the aquarium hobby dying?

    There is another thread earlier, inquiring about the same thing. The industry players has already given their thoughts. The take away were :-

    "This business you can get by day by day, it wouldn't make you a rich persons"
    "Hobbies comes and go"
    "Business not growing because they are too many distractions"
    "Older generation move to planted tank"
    "Everybody's dislike most is water changing, very physically tired."


    Of course they are some optimism with the direction of the hobby, but I feel these are more of a believe than fact.


    UKAPS, Planted Tank, PaoPao SZ forums/platforms are still very active, though not as active as before.


    I buy a fair amount of stuff on carousel and facebook and almost all the comments I get are "No time for maintenance, so giving up". So what is no time?


    Recent videos, have shown that Josh Sim and BaLÁza ****as (Green Aqua) advocating that it only takes 10-15mins to do maintenance / water change. In fact Josh does 3 water changes and maintenance 3 times a week on all his 3x 5-6 feets tanks. So technically it only takes 45mins per day, and only 3 hours for his weekly maintenance. So what's the problem?


    The truth is, it doesn't take 10-15mins to do your maintenance unless you have a nano tank. I have a 2 feet and a 3 feet high tech planted tank in the past. I can assure you it takes at least an hr to finish your maintenance and even longer if you need to clean your canister and trim your plants.


    These are my just simple routine.


    1) Fill 60L of tap water to quarantine tank/ de-chlorinate.
    2) Siphon 60L out of display tank to holding pail: siphon dead plants matters, organics and detritus.
    3) Siphon dirty water in holding pail to drain.
    4) Clean pail of heavy sediments.
    * I do (3) and (4) 3 times, because my pail is only 20 L.
    5) Use cloth to wipe down and clean algae from glass.
    6) Clean cloth of algae and dry. *refer to 6A if cleaning canister.
    7) Start pump in (1) and top up fresh water into display tank.
    8') Dry hose, and clean pump for storage.
    9) Wipe dry any water from display tank.
    10) Mope dry floor, kitchen, living room and restroom. Clean mope and dry.


    6A) Disconnect double taps from canister, and heat up Lily pipes inflow+outflow for easy removal.
    6B) Prep bleach solution and soak lily pipes + co2 drop checker.
    6C) Clean media and sponge.
    6D) Scrub and clean canister tubes, and double taps.
    6E) Remove canister powerhead and clean impeller.
    6F) High dose Prime solution to remove bleach from lily pipes. Use flexi scrubbers to remove dirt from pipes.
    6G) Reheat canister tubes and install back the lily pipes.
    6H) Setup canister filter, prime and start up.


    I do admire esteem aquascapers, but they have to stop telling everybody that this hobby doesn't take time, effort and commitment, just to give this hobby some exposure; at least for aquascapes.

    If you notice by now, this is one of those hobbies that has a lot of words pertaining to "Clean", "Bleach", "Maintenance" etc.


    For other hobbies like catching a movie with friends, playing sports, Gaming, or blogging (instagram/FB) you don't have this sort of "chores".
    Last edited by torque6; 21st Feb 2020 at 12:29.

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