There are a lot of people interested in the saltwater aquarium hobby nowadays. It really is a growing hobby.
A lot of people, like me are interested in saltwater aquariums for the life which we keep within then, have an interest in the chemical aspect of the hobby as well as the techniques required to enable our little aquatic friends to thrive.
There is a lot to learn in this hobby but do you actually need to learn it?
Personally I enjoy learning it as I am sure a lot of other people do, however a lot of people would like to have a saltwater aquarium which is effectively a piece of furniture in their home. It is something that they can look at and show to their friends and families. However they may not have an interest in how filtration works, why it is required, what lighting requirements there are, water conditions etc etc.
Then there are other people who do have an interest in this side of the hobby but are limited for time. Let’s face it in todays lifestyle we are all busy aren’t we. Either at work, at home, with the family etc. There is always something to do and not enough time to do it all.
For me when I am at work I really look forward to coming home and spending time with my family. Yes I even class my aquarium as a member of the family and doesn’t my wife just know it!
I also look forward to watching the aquarium, checking it all and maintaining it. To me it helps me forget about work for a while and concentrate on something which I find both pleasurable and challenging.
So what about the people who are hoping for an aquarium as a piece of furniture as some celebrities have.
Easy – pay someone to do the maintenance for you.
And the other people who have no interest in maintenance – what do they do?
Again – pay someone to do the maintenance for you.
But what do you need to look out for.
An aquarium maintenance service is an aquarium maintenance service right?
They might not really know that much about aquariums and are only in it for the money.
As with any purchase you need to check that you are getting what you are paying for. You need to ensure that the people you are paying actually know what they are on about, know what needs to be done on an aquarium, what to look out for etc.
This can easily be achieved by asking questions, asking for testimonials from other customers, ask to see another clients aquarium, ask to speak to another client.
If they do not know what they are doing then it will soon become clear as it will do if they are knowledgeable in the subject.
Would I use an aquarium maintenance service?
No I wouldn’t but that is not because I have anything against people who offer this service. It is simply because I enjoy doing it myself. I don’t find it a chore – I find it a pleasure.
If it means that another aquarium is started then to me that is great news. Over time the individual may want to learn more about the hobby and start to do the maintenance themselves.