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« on: February 12, 2017, 10:58:29 AM »

As many of you know, I am well into the closing down of my hobby following - kind of obvious with all my ads.
After 25 years or so, it surely has been a tough transition.
I decided last fall that I was moving ahead into another phase of life without fish and aquariums.
Time for travelling !! More time with friends/family across Canada and the US, kids and grand-kids in SW Ontario, cottaging, etc.

It was a tough decision yet is was easy if that makes sense - I'm in the camp of either you're in 100% or you're out - there is no part-time dabbling for me in this hobby.
But that's just me.

I have truly loved the hobby and my experiences -  clubs in SW Ontario to travelling and attending shows and National conventions across the US, it really has been terrific.
I've met so many great people along the way.

So what's it like? -

I haven't had to do a water change in 3 weeks - seems like years now !!
I used to do 5 day WC's on my remaining 180 , 200 and 250 and it took me maybe 3.5 - 4 hours - could do it with my eyes closed, really. Once you have the routine, it gets easy - but that can also be dangerous as sometimes you take too much for granted - so you still have to be 100% focused.

And no fish to feed in the morning - pellets, check - frozen food thawed, check -
or check on fish at the end of the day and all the other myriad of maintenance work - that to me were never really a bother.
That was extended family to me !!

But it surely has been strange. And it continues to be a real adjustment.
Kind of like losing a job or retiring (getting close) - boom, nowhere to go now.

Anyone need a water change done? I'm available :<)
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2017, 11:15:38 AM »

Perhaps you will get back into the hobby after a few years of travel.
I am sure that when you get older, you will travel less and then be looking for things to do around home Wink
Even if it is only one aquarium, still nice to enjoy Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 11:35:29 AM »

Al, I wish you well in the next phase of your life plans.
The hobby and community will miss you for sure, I`m one who was lucky to cross paths with you in this hobby even though we were miles apart in our fondness in the hobby, we still had a common interest - "Aquariums"
Thanks for all the pleasant memories.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2017, 11:36:25 AM »

Sorry to hear you leaving the hobby, and I'm going to miss your posts. But, I know exactly what you are talking about. I've got too much going on at the moment to leave the hobby, but I've been thinking about it as an inevitabilty. I know I will at some point. Enjoy. Reinventing oneself suggests good mental health. Cheers. G
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2017, 11:42:57 AM »

Enjoy your extra time Al.  I know when people ask me what I like to do for fun or what I do after work, they don't believe me when I tell them fish keeping. 

I'm sure you have a bit more pocket change as well.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2017, 06:27:22 PM »

All the best Al
I would keep one setup if I was in your position. You have lots of space to store one  too. You will come back at some point.  It's in your system after that  long in the hobby.  All the best in your travels.
Regards Mike
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2017, 07:41:50 PM »

All the best in your aquarium retirement Al!

There comes a time in every hobby where you have to dial it back or completely turn the page on a new phase in life. Travel and family sound like good alternatives. I wish you all the best.

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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2017, 09:49:16 PM »

You were one of the first people I bought from the classified - some Dainishi cichlid pellets. Seems like yesterday. Glad we were able to go to the Ohio convention together with "little Al" and Mark. Lots of good memories.
All the best to you and your wife in your travels and hope to hear from from you in the future.
Stay safe, stay healthy, enjoy retirement!
Cheers!
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