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How important is it to understand the mechanics of your fish tank

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Please vote - on a scale of 1-10, with 1 meaning "I don't want to understand the mechanics of my fish tank" and 10 meaning "there's nothing more important than understanding the mechanics of my fish tank", how important it is to you? This is an anonymous poll.
 

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The science behind keeping fish is what I mean. A broad question, encompassing everything from the cycle to water chemistry to lighting and more. Thank you for asking that.



I guess those on the app can't vote in the poll. If you aren't concerned about maintaining your anonymity, then you can just post a number in the thread :)
 

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It's hard to make a judgement here. I personally want to know everything and anything I can find out about my aquaria and how to be a proper caretaker. Knowing about the fish, the water, the plants and the bacteria, what they do, how they interact, the give and take going on, all can give me clues as to what my role is in the equation. Having said that, though, there are many who keep aquaria successfully with only the basic information.

In the end, I do believe the more I know, the better off my plants and fish will be. Whether it's required to be a successful hobbyist is another matter.

I agree completely.

So this isn't a matter of what level of Interest is required to be a successful fish keeper - it's just a measure of the membership base. Do think about all the facets of fish keeping (not just the ones you are interested in), but don't think too much :)
 

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I agree that filters in and of themselves aren't all that important, comparatively speaking, but filtration as a whole is a pretty important aspect of fish keeping, though obviously not so important to those that choose to not filter their betta tanks.

Lighting can be pretty important for those with planted tanks. So I hear. Not having planted tanks, I don't change bulbs till they go out. Clearly not important to me :)
 

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You're thinking too much :)

How important is it to you to understand what's going on in your fish tank?
 

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Sooo .. To say more simply .. On a scale of 1-10 how much do you care to learn here? Right? Would that be the simple way to word it clearly?

Ummmm, not exactly. I think there are people who just want to be told what to do and there are other people who are here to LEARN. And everything inbetween.
 

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How important is it for YOU to understand what's going on in YOUR tank? Are you obsessed with understanding every little thing (that's applicable to your tank)? Vote 10. If you have some algae in your tank and you don't really care about figuring out the imbalance that's causing it, then maybe you vote 7. If you just do what people tell you to do and don't care to understand why things happen, then vote 1.
 

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I evaluated myself at 6.5. I was kind to myself and rounded up :)
 
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Okay fine, we're back together :)
 

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Can't be afraid of failure :)
 

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Stone .. I know I'm guilty of when I hear something will not work .. Read it enough places sometimes I just have to try it to see if I can do it despite what's said .. Now I'm not going to take a completely uneducated risk. That's why I like to learn.. So I can take all the educated risks I do haha. (With our expensive discus too ;-) )
You and me both :-D Saying something HAS to be done makes me want to see for myself if it really does.
 

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Just a bump to hopefully get some more votes.
 

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It's not meant to be a contest or comparison, nor is it a reflection of ones knowledge. It's meant to be a self evaluation of the level of desire to understand how THEIR tank works, whether it's an unfiltered 1 gallon or a 225 gallon discus tank.
 
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