You Know You Are Addicted When.....

By: RJRofFL
March 26th, 2008
9:24 am

You Know You Are Addicted When.....

When I first pursued this hobby I was warned, repeatedly over and over that it would become addictive.

Although I immediately dismissed this idea, as each day passes I find circumstances occur which bring truth to that warning.

I strongly urge you to examine your own lifestyle to see if any of the following apply in order that you too might need to seek therapy before it's too late.

You Know You Are Addicted When:

1 - You rearrange the furniture in a way that that the TV faces the tank so the fish can watch Animal Planet.

2 - You give names to all the fish and in your own mind honestly feel they individually respond when you call out "Tad, Biff, Buffy or Rocco".

3 - You enter the house with a water-filled plastic bag and sheepishly ask your spouse or parent "Can We Keep Him?"

4 - You mistakenly interpret fin movements as a "wave" or "high-five"

5 - When introducing a larger fish to your tank do you mimic in your best Al Pacino impression "Say Hello to My Little Friend?"

6 - When you call the dog over to play do you ask him to give you his fin?

7 - As Christmas draws near do you think about what kind of "toys" you can buy your fish? And how will you wrap them?

8 - When scolding your fish do you often use the old and tired out phrase "Why, when I was your age..."?

9 - Upon the demise of a fish do you find yourself prevailing with a eulogy which starts with "He was a good fish"?

10 - And finally, when driving down the road does your car suddenly veer to the right when you pass a LFS?

So tell me, do you need therapy? What are your symptoms?

Thanks,
Bob

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96 comments on "You Know You Are Addicted When....."

  • SumpNFishy
    March 26, 2008 at 9:51 am

    You forgot:
    You spend lots of $$$ for large tanks, filters, lights, etc to keep a $1.99 fish alive.

  • Splash Spooky
    March 26, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Please add, You find yourself constantly at any place that sells fish trying to rescue the poor little lonely fish that's been there awhile when you know he is definately gonna be trouble. (LOL I just brought home to Hap mutts yesterday from Walmart figuring that they would be better off in my 55 gallon cycling tank than they were there. Since they have been at Walmaert for a month nobody wants them right. Besides my 55 gallon is an excellant QT tank cause there is no one else there. I am definatley addicted, I dream about my fish at nite. Instead of buying a spring wardrobe like I usually do I am buying a 125 gal once the stand is finished. Last nite I spent 3 hrs doing water changes. 90 gallon is crystal clear and fish are brilliant.

  • fernival brainard
    March 26, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Oh my gosh!!! Is there a 12 step program I can get into??

    Don't forget the baby talk...." hewwo wittle oscar woscar.....you weady for your sticks??"

    You also know you have a problem when your dining room table has become home to tubes, impellors, cotton, and charcoal. And you have no intention of changing it and you have eaten all your meals on the couch. for the last year and a half.

    umm....yep, I do have a problem....
    fern


    You also know there is a problem when you start thinking "what piece of furniture can I live with out?? Need to find some where for the new tank, maybe if I sold the sofa...."

  • Splash Spooky
    March 26, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Yep Fern your addicted! Wow RJR I just love this thread.

  • dawgfan1
    March 26, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Originally Posted by
    You spend lots of $$$ for large tanks, filters, lights, etc to keep a $1.99 fish alive.
    LOL... Good stuff

  • andysutt
    March 26, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I'm even worse than having tubes, lights etc on my kitchen table.....

    I actually have a tank there at the moment. It's just a 5 gallon tank but still.

    Im severely addicted again...

    Got my 20 gallon tank back from my ex wife. Got it set up and cycled, fish in it.

    Got a 55 gallon tank setup and cycled and fish in it.

    I now want another fish tank for saltwater to try it out... but this time I want a 125 gallon or so.

    Its sad when you contemplate moving just so you'll have more room for fish tanks.

    Today I was outside preparing an area for my swimming pool to be moved to, and I briefly thought about not setting it up swim in, but for fish. lol

  • somerton16
    March 28, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Its sad when you contemplate moving just so you'll have more room for fish tanks.

    Today I was outside preparing an area for my swimming pool to be moved to, and I briefly thought about not setting it up swim in, but for fish. lol[/quote]




    OMG i think we share a brain i live in a row home and actually thought about the pool thing since i live across the street from woods and dont want cats and coons and anything else dipping into a pond lol. you need to add buying 2 yes 2 125 gallon tanks off craigslist with absolutly NO WHERE to put them i also have 3 55 gallon tanks just sitting in my garage lol i;m gonna open a fish store in my garage lol

  • orb4me
    March 28, 2008 at 7:08 am

    RJR, your doing it again

    I need a 12 step program!!!!

    Im really upset with fish.com about the acrylic tank I bought and the lid wont come off. Not because of the communication problem, but because I want to start a tiger barb tank.

    I have said I could move my new couch out!!

    I am doing all this and spending a fortune for a $5.00 fish.

    Im going to use an expensive oak sofa table for my new tank.

    My trailor will hold 3,000 lbs on one end.. why not, its holding 700 lbs on the other side.

    I have tryed not to name my fish, but am doing it anyway.

    In a 12 step program, the first thing is we need to admit we have an addiction. then we need help, but we dont want help.

    I dont know, I dont know what to do.... buy some fish, that will at least feed my addiction (for today).

  • RJRofFL
    March 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    In keeping this thread going, and to show how this "addiction" can indeed be "contagious":

    Last night I noticed that after my wife turned the tank light off, she proceeded to sing the fish a lulaby!

    Man, I guess I need to get different fish, or a different wife? Which would be less expensive?

    Thanks

    Bob

  • orb4me
    March 28, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    FREE.... 1 new sofa, only sat on a few times, bought new 12/30/7. Please repond quickly.



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