From concept to completion- or, simply to another concept...

This is kind of a "follow on" piece to my rant a couple of days back about how we love to make stuff more complicated than it has to be in this hobby..

Ok, so maybe you do this, too?:

I often get into one of those "modes" where I've decided to plan a new tank...This is usually the totally fun part of the hobby...I mean, you have a world of possibilities, you've made the mental commitment to move forward, and you haven't spilled a drop of water or spent a dime yet...Yeah, it's pretty cool.

Yet, I'm in a conundrum. I mean, I have a bunch of ideas that have been percolating in my head for...well- years! I told myself that "...My NEXT tank is gonna be the one where I finally do_________." 

All of these ideas...And I still have that same feeling of-what would it be- restriction? Frustration? Not sure what it is- when you just have to have one tank to make it happen...Ricdiculous that I should feel this way- I'm fortunate to be able to build even one tank. Of course, in my head, I have unlimited ideas...many of which never really get out of the theoretical phase. I used to laugh at news reports when NASA announced that it committed $4,000,000 to the study of building a starship or some other thing for which the actual capability doesn't even exist yet- and likely won't for decades, if not longer. I mean, why? And yet, I kind of understand now...It's like, I am appropriating all of this "mental funding" to study some of my concept tanks that I really don't have the means to pull off.

Well, that's kind of fun, actually! What hobbyist doesn't look at their tank and think (or even say!), "Next, I'm gonna build a tank that has___________."  

I think that's what keeps us moving forward, right?

So anyways, I've narrowed down my range to a few concepts- each one quite different from the other. I go back and forth, getting mentally committed to one idea, and then seeing a coral here at my Unique Corals facility, or perhaps a really great piece of driftwood takes me into a different place...or I start talking to a fellow hobbyist, and then getting turned around into one of the other ideas I've been playing with...

Wow. Crazy.

The goal is not to get into a loop of "analysis paralysis" and never make move simply because I'm "still planning..." Yeah. I've seen guys do that and the tank sits and collects cobwebs while they are "contemplating." Yuck.

I've learned that, in this internet-enabled age, it's sometimes cool to throw your ideas out to your friends in cyberworld for their two cents worth...So, why not, right?

 You see, like many of you, my imagination, appetite, and enthusiasm are often larger than my ability to get the job done. I've concluded that to do all of my crazy concept tanks, I'd probably need like 17 aquariums of all shapes and sizes, many with technologies and components that would carry a breathtaking price tag...sigh. 

And, this is AFTER I've eliminated some of the early front runners, like the Brackish Water Pipefish  Mangrove tank, the Amazonian waterfall tank, the monospecific Acropora microcaldos tank, the "Nothobranchius Pool" concept tank (ask me about the "mud hole" sometime), and others that are earmarked for some indefinite future date....

I'm curious about what your "next" tank is going to be, how you arrived at the concept, and if you actually have gotten out of the planning phase..

One of the best parts of my business is getting to help fuel the dreams of other hobbyists. It gives me great pleasure to see you guys enjoying the hobby, and motivates me to do more...And of course, when it comes time to do my own tank, I have to weed through all of these crazy ideas...

On second thought, maybe I'll just do a "basic" tank! Hmm, a planted tank? ADA style, or a "jungle" concept? Hardscape? Or River Biotope? Would it have Tetras, or just Angels and Discus? Or maybe an Asiatic Stream tank with lots of loaches..Or perhaps... arrgh!

I love this hobby. Don't you?

Whatever YOU decide on for your next aquarium- just DO SOMETHING! Enjoy it...and

Stay Wet!


Scott Fellman

Tannin Aquatics

Scott Fellman
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