It's been a really interesting week here at Tannin! Despite being ravaged by flu (LOL), we've managed to create some excitement about a few things...Always a good thing!
And those pics and videos you keep sharing with us...! Wow.
It's exciting to see hobbyists getting stoked on new stuff, and that never seems to get old. We actually get a vicarious thrill out of seeing everyone get all happy when they receive that cool pack of botanicals, and make their aquarium "complete", because...we get it!
It got me thinking about things that get us excited in the hobby! I posed this question to some of our many customers, and they had a wide range of interesting answers. The biggest and most exciting events in the hobby, based on this very un-scientific sampling thus far, seem to be when you set up a new tank, and when you acquire/receive/purchase new "stuff" for your aquariums....And I'm inclined to agree...!
I love when I help a fellow hobbyists score that cool batch of botanicals that he/she was looking for to complete that scape, and I get that email or text or call and they say, "Man I can't wait to get the package...!"
Few things in this hobby or business thrill me like hearing the sheer joy of a fellow hobbyist, stoked as heck about getting something that he or she loves so much.
However, I think there are other exciting things...Like going to conferences and having your head explode from all of the fish, gadgets, and hobbyists you encounter under one roof, nailing the perfect aquascape, securing that difficult Anubias to the wood work just the way you wanted it...seeing your friends accomplish their goals with their tanks...dozens and dozens of tiny little moments that provide us that little "rush" which keeps the hobby so addictive.
I don't know about you, but I still get that little ping of excitement every time I enter into my LFS! "Will THIS be the time I find that crazy weird dwarf cichlid I've been looking for? Will the store have that awesome new fry food I've read about but haven't yet tried? Will I end up walking out with a new nano tank?"
All those kinds of cool things that create excitement, and keep us engaged in the hobby. Granted, we all get excited about different things: I recall a couple of years back, hanging with a bunch of guys at MACNA who had very passionate and (to them) exciting exchanges about testing for Vanadium in aquarium water (no, I'm serious! And they weren't really that drunk, either!)! And I recall hanging out with Luis Navarro and Ted Judy last year at a conference we all were speaking at, and we talked for what must have been hours about wild Swordtails...arcane, cool, interesting stuff. And of course, "shopping" with friends for gadgets at shows is a thrill (especially when they're the one spending money!).
So many cool things.
And you know what? It even hit me this past month- after almost two years (wow), I still get that twinge of excitement every time I step into the office...every time I open up Facebook, Instagram, or just the email...Because there is always something new and interesting...something to keep me excited, engaged, focused. And all of these things-all of these experiences, things, and moments of enjoyment of the hobby with friends- with YOU- our amazing global community- are what excites me the most.
I'm pretty lucky, I think.
So, that being said...What do you consider the most exciting things in the hobby? The most exciting moments in aquarium keeping? Let's here 'em!
Stay excited. Stay engaged...And stay wet!