RE: NANFA-L-- A New Perspective - Follow-up

Crail, Todd (tcrail-in-UTNet.UToledo.Edu)
Thu, 11 Aug 2005 18:57:26 -0400

My strategy has been to limit the number but increase the gallons per
incident, as other people's opinions seem to measure by number and reflects
directly as to what is overboard in the spouse department. Little reaction
from the public... Little reaction from the significant other. You might even
convince them that it's "okay" because Fred and Nancy's little Johhny "has 3
aquariums and you should take him out fishin too!" which of course, makes a
further deposit in the Bank of Aquatikarma.

The way it works? I only have "4 aquariums" because that's a truthful answer
to what people _typically_ ask ("How many aquariums do you have?"). They
never think to ask how many gallons... And so, for example, when I was reef
keeping in a 2 bdrm apartment, answering "3" didn't sound so horrible or
unnormal or even approaching as obsessed as I was.

All this in spite of the fact that my aquaria could actually be measured as
"1/2 gallon per sq foot" and "2.5 watts of light per sq foot". Or in the case
of my current 100 gallon riffle tank... "37" was also a truthful answer to
the "number of species present in that tank".

You must also set the standards for what something is. Many people think that
55 gallons is "huge" or "enormous". For something to be so, it should have to
be above and beyond what you can normally purchase, right? I very nearly wept
tears of joy when All Glass came out with a 220 gallon as a standard size.

It's all not about _what_ it is... It's about how you present it. :)

The Muddy Maumee Madness, Toledo, OH
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