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bacio68
10-05-2010, 08:56 AM
Hello everyone, I am a Psychology student at UBC, and was wondering if I could get some help. I am trying to do a census of all hobbyists in the province of BC. This is for a paper that I am doing about the link between aquariums and lowering the stress levels in those who own them. I could really use the help and thank all of you that respond.

If you respond please respond here or through my email, I do not need names if you would fell better not to leave them, but I do need location.

Thank you so much for your time

SeaHorse_Fanatic
10-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Burnaby

Starry
10-05-2010, 01:17 PM
kelowna

Leah
10-05-2010, 01:53 PM
Penticton. But does it really lower stress levels??? LMAO :wink:

eguld
10-05-2010, 03:04 PM
West Vancouver

jay2x
10-05-2010, 04:28 PM
Surrey

ScubaSteve
10-05-2010, 05:07 PM
Kitsilano

cwatkins
10-05-2010, 05:42 PM
Cloverdale, but I'm not too sure if this hobby "lowers" your stress levels.

christyf5
10-05-2010, 05:48 PM
Nanaimo and ditto on those stress levels :razz: I do enjoy my tank but between the cyano, majanos, fish nipping my clams and monotony of waterchanges I'm not sure about the lowering of stress levels.

dsaundry
10-05-2010, 06:10 PM
Chilliwack, have a 34g tank in my office, Everybody, staff+customers love it.:biggrin:

c me fish
10-05-2010, 06:23 PM
Vancouver

Youngster Dan
10-05-2010, 06:37 PM
This is also an interest of mine, especially now as I am doing a little experiment looking into the relationship between stress and certain cognitive functions. While I do believe my tank can be stress reducer I must admit, the hobby certainly can be a stressor when things go bad!

Out of curiosity, how does knowing how many/where BC hobbyists relate to whether or not being a hobbyist has any effect on stress levels?

At any rate: Victoria

Good luck on your paper.

Borderjumper
10-05-2010, 06:41 PM
It certainly CAUSES stress in my household when the Visa bill arrives!

Victoria

whatcaneyedo
10-05-2010, 08:32 PM
Prince George

frd72
10-05-2010, 08:41 PM
Cloverdale!!!!

lowers mine but raise my wife's stress level:mrgreen:

SeaHorse_Fanatic
10-05-2010, 09:35 PM
(Already posted location - Burnaby) but usually lowers stress level but when my 225 blew out and dumped over 130g of sw on my floors, that didn't help my stress level at all.

hillegom
10-05-2010, 09:39 PM
Surrey
Lowers stress most of the time, when everything is going good.

Aquattro
10-05-2010, 09:40 PM
Victoria. My tank has caused me more stress in the last two years than I can possibly describe!!

Vancouver Reefer
10-05-2010, 09:49 PM
Langley - Tank in planning stages so no stress yet!

Lance
10-05-2010, 10:51 PM
Powell River
90% stress reliever
10% stress inducer

skabooya
10-05-2010, 10:58 PM
Kitimat

ferret
10-05-2010, 11:32 PM
Coquitlam

ongquang21
10-06-2010, 12:48 AM
mission

Canuckgod420
10-06-2010, 01:00 AM
Port Coquitlam

fishay
10-06-2010, 01:52 AM
new westminster :biggrin:

raceit
10-06-2010, 01:58 AM
Fort St John

wolf_bluejay
10-06-2010, 03:08 AM
Kamloops

But I think the 90/10 rule applies 90% of the time it makes my stress level at 10% and 10% of the time it is 90% of my stress :lol: Double so when 80 gal of saltwater overflows the sump, striaght down the vent and into the furnace.... Not a happy day.

Chowder
10-06-2010, 03:13 AM
surrey

Madreefer
10-06-2010, 03:23 AM
prince george

scherzo
10-06-2010, 03:28 AM
coquitlam

Coleus
10-06-2010, 04:48 AM
not from BC. but can anyone explain how this hobby lower your stress level?

zum14
10-06-2010, 04:56 AM
Prince George

whatcaneyedo
10-06-2010, 05:08 AM
not from BC. but can anyone explain how this hobby lower your stress level?

lol Note that in the first post of this thread he only says hobbyists and aquariums. Nowhere does it say saltwater or reef. He must be confusing us with those easy going freshwater people. :razz:

Chaloupa
10-06-2010, 05:21 AM
Campbell River:biggrin:

PoonTang
10-06-2010, 05:39 AM
Ladysmith. I stress the most when I am away from the tank and worrying that everyone is ok.

tlo
10-06-2010, 05:47 AM
duncan

Beccadawn
10-06-2010, 05:52 AM
I live in Port Coquitlam.

marie
10-06-2010, 06:42 AM
Powell River

Not sure it lowers my stress but it certainly keeps me working and out of trouble

bacio68
10-06-2010, 07:10 AM
I thank everyone so far for their input and look forward to more. To answer the question as to why i am taking the census, I am counting the amount of people in BC who have aquariums more for my own knowledge because I truly have no idea. I understand that keeping a saltwater system can be stressful but the idea I am going on is proof that the sights and sounds of an aquarium especially saltwater can be very calming. Once again thank you for the input so far and please keep it coming.

bvlester
10-06-2010, 08:05 AM
I'd say stess relief for my self and the kids.
The wife is starting to sit infront of the tanks now..Must be working she keeps finding things for me to buy for the tanks...

Bill

regent2009
10-06-2010, 08:44 AM
Richmond.

untamed
10-07-2010, 12:08 AM
Coquitlam

steve fedyk
10-07-2010, 12:17 AM
port coquitlam

skabooya
10-07-2010, 03:45 AM
ya know there are a lot more people that keep aquariums that are in BC and not on this forum.
I thank everyone so far for their input and look forward to more. To answer the question as to why i am taking the census, I am counting the amount of people in BC who have aquariums more for my own knowledge because I truly have no idea. I understand that keeping a saltwater system can be stressful but the idea I am going on is proof that the sights and sounds of an aquarium especially saltwater can be very calming. Once again thank you for the input so far and please keep it coming.

Lampshade
10-07-2010, 04:03 AM
Langley.

There's lots of people in BC not on here, like ska said. There's 10+ marine stores that all must be making profit. Most people on here are probably into their tanks for 1-10+ thousand dollars, it'd cost a lot more than that to keep most of these stores going. Not to mention all the people like me that buy used stuff. Good luck with the tally though, try asking a big store like JL or King ed's how many people they see a year? not sure if that would help, but might be more accurate.

monocus
10-07-2010, 06:21 AM
burnaby

Keith K
10-07-2010, 06:53 AM
Pitt Meadows

tang daddy
10-08-2010, 05:06 PM
Richmond

As many have said on here the hobby brings satisfaction and relaxation when things are good.....when something goes wrong start running for cover!!!

H2o2
10-08-2010, 06:25 PM
Winfield

mseepman
10-08-2010, 06:26 PM
Vernon

randallino
10-08-2010, 06:48 PM
East Side! (East Van) reduces stress.........:wink:

Carrera75
10-09-2010, 12:02 AM
Vancouver

apexifd
10-09-2010, 01:17 AM
richmond

Wanderer
10-09-2010, 01:34 AM
coquitlam

Ripwoop
10-09-2010, 06:33 AM
Mission

injektion
10-10-2010, 10:48 AM
richmond

Frankly Canadian
10-10-2010, 04:22 PM
Not sure about the stress thing either it definately has its days, between the aiptasia, cyano, hair algae, or when purchasing new equipment (especially on-line or over the phone). I'm just a novice at this hobby but everytime I've managed to solve these situations as they arise sure is gratifying, and the fact that I have haven't lost any fish since the tank first cycled over a year ago, thats cool too. I would have to say that this hobby reduces stress roughly 90% of the time and thats definately worth it!:biggrin:

Tom R
10-10-2010, 04:52 PM
Surrey (Cloverdale)

makana
10-10-2010, 05:19 PM
Vernon. My tank causes more stress than it relieves, it is a constant battle to keep the parameters in check.

chilumba
10-11-2010, 02:35 AM
Victoria

htfn
10-11-2010, 06:23 AM
richmond

bvlester
10-11-2010, 07:20 AM
Vernon. My tank causes more stress than it relieves, it is a constant battle to keep the parameters in check.

You need a larger tank sump and a ATO makes life nice and easy so you can sit and enjoy life a bit.

Bill

makana
10-11-2010, 05:32 PM
You need a larger tank sump and a ATO makes life nice and easy so you can sit and enjoy life a bit.


I have an ATO. I am running full strength kalk in my top up water and still have to dose alk daily. I have no hard corals and no idea what is using my alk. I have posted this in several forums and received no advice that worked.

If you have any advice please pm me, I could use the help.

volitan
11-02-2010, 07:47 AM
Burnaby

boots
11-05-2010, 08:04 PM
Agassiz 180gall/40gall sump/35gall refug. We have just had a baby girl and watching the tank settles her down and in my opinion I think that her watching the fish swim around is good for her head control development.

belzebuth
11-05-2010, 09:38 PM
Mission

toytech
11-07-2010, 01:30 AM
abbotsford ,love my tank totaly lowers my stress

plutoniumJoe
11-07-2010, 05:46 AM
Vancouver - East Side

banditpowdercoat
11-07-2010, 02:56 PM
Dan Pesonen
100 Mile house BC
150g tank

Ricky-Zion
11-18-2010, 04:08 AM
Rick M.
North Vancouver

plutoniumJoe
11-18-2010, 04:27 AM
Welcome to the club Rick.

DACJ
11-19-2010, 07:44 PM
Vancouver East side.
29G Biocube.
As for lowering stress there are couple of articles you may also find published in magazine or newspaper. Some research shows lowered stress, or if in an work office, better effeciency (duno how to spell if wrong) also related to better handling stress I guess.

Personally, I wouldn't call it so much as stress reducing but I can sit infront of my tank and watch the fish playing for 30+ mins...so within that period of time I am not really thinking anything...just phasing out I guess...so no stress gained for at least 30 min...lol.

SeanPrest
11-22-2010, 03:40 AM
have 2 of my own and maintain 2 for businesses in chilliwack

matinbc
01-25-2011, 03:54 PM
Burnaby...

No stress levels in my tank that I am aware of, but mine on the other hand?? hahaha...

wehtam
01-25-2011, 06:55 PM
Chilliwack..

Picked up a RSM130 a couple of weeks ago. About to do the first water change and put the sand in. Pretty excited about my first tank :)

chris121277
01-25-2011, 09:12 PM
Castlegar

Renegade
01-26-2011, 07:06 PM
Richmond

sunoka
01-27-2011, 04:04 AM
Westbank ! Ohya

freddy
01-27-2011, 04:12 AM
Creston

RuGlu6
04-09-2011, 10:30 AM
Port Moody. Stopped monitoring stress level after $7000.
Honestly though it will only lower your stress IF IT IS NOT YOUR TANK.
So perhaps you can consider that in your paper.

mello
04-09-2011, 07:14 PM
Vancouver east side

Greenmaster
04-12-2011, 05:19 AM
Courtenay, Vancouver Island

Kavy
04-27-2011, 07:33 AM
Mission, BC

piusma
04-27-2011, 07:46 AM
Richmond.

The steep learning curve, wrong investment in equipment & livestock, loss of livestock, tank upkeeping chores, dealing with your partner... Neither of these seem to lower my stress level...

Timbits
04-27-2011, 12:09 PM
Vancouver

Norstar
04-27-2011, 04:02 PM
South Surrey

Kelvin
08-05-2011, 02:57 AM
Surrey

mark
08-05-2011, 03:58 PM
OP had sometime now for his paper, wondering what he came up with.

ReefOcean
08-21-2011, 01:28 PM
Pitt Meadows

I think Gold fish lower stress, Reef tanks cause financial problems

philg3
08-21-2011, 02:10 PM
Richmond

After a 12 hour shift, 20 mins in front of my reef can make it all melt away, its like a neon zen garden filled with wierd little aliens.

arash53
08-21-2011, 03:59 PM
Downtown ,Vancouver

Coral*junkie
08-21-2011, 06:37 PM
BURNABY BC everyone that catches a glimpse is hooked

MEDHBSI
09-27-2011, 03:52 AM
Langley. I have a 110 gallon with a 30 gallon sump mostly soft corals and a few fish

SwUz
11-02-2011, 09:01 PM
South Vancouver

fishykisses
11-02-2011, 09:18 PM
Burnaby

telkwa girl
11-03-2011, 01:31 AM
Telkwa

Hands
11-10-2011, 05:28 AM
Victoria

Ya Dude
11-10-2011, 05:59 AM
Abby
but when your at work and the wife calls cuz a breaker blows and water is spilling on floor kinda makes for a long day at work

PaulCheung
11-10-2011, 04:34 PM
Burnaby

jostafew
11-11-2011, 12:01 AM
Cloverdale (Surrey)

beginnersluckpg
11-16-2011, 04:27 AM
90 gallon reef, 55 gallon sump, 20 gallon refugium........as for relieving stress can sit n watch for hours and the actual work or maintenance is quite therapeutic as well, I find.

jjntm
11-16-2011, 06:37 AM
port coquitlam
30 gallon tall
135 gallon reef
210 gallon reef awaiting set up (in garage)

mike31154
11-16-2011, 05:02 PM
OP had sometime now for his paper, wondering what he came up with.

Two posts total since joining the board, last one over a year ago. Psych, he/she's long gone...... & oh yeah, in case whom it may concern doesn't notice my "Location", Vernon....BC that is....nyuk, nyuk, time to go see my shrink... or go sit in front of my tank, I might be losing it due to stress.

ashr
01-04-2012, 08:31 PM
Kelowna/Winfield

CountryBoy72
01-19-2012, 07:58 AM
Errington, BC
Vancouver Island

110G SW Tank

JBAqua
01-30-2012, 11:26 PM
New Westminster, BC

sumpfinfishe
02-01-2012, 12:44 AM
Langley,BC

Aquaticguy11
02-26-2012, 06:30 AM
Kelowna

mohammadali
02-26-2012, 12:11 PM
Coquitlam

Nasoblond
02-26-2012, 04:27 PM
Victoria...

The Guy
02-26-2012, 07:31 PM
Langley .........

chrispyfish
02-26-2012, 09:44 PM
Richmond

Cade
03-08-2012, 05:20 AM
Victoria

Dive_dry
03-08-2012, 06:05 AM
Victoria

slakker
03-08-2012, 06:15 AM
coquitlam

15invo
03-11-2012, 08:56 AM
Burnaby

Squiddy
03-12-2012, 03:42 PM
Fort St. John

zeddy
06-01-2012, 03:08 PM
mission

burgerchow
06-01-2012, 05:06 PM
North burnaby

mohammadali
06-01-2012, 10:11 PM
north burnaby would great
id say 100 time north burnaby

cblair
06-02-2012, 09:11 AM
Nelson

NightShadeFairy
08-09-2012, 12:39 PM
Chilliwack

Ginu
09-09-2012, 11:24 AM
North Vancouver

Personally I find aquariums very therapeutic and relaxing. I can spend hours looking at the fish and their behavior along with the diferent variety of colors from different corals and observing symbiotic relationships is also extremely fascinating.
I also find this hobby extremely difficult but very rewarding; honestly every visiting family friend(s) always sit glued to the tank and that's entertaining to watch as well.

I've also read a few theories in which toddlers are calmed by aquariums and I do believe it also helps with their development. Time will tell this theory for me as the wife is due at the end if this month.

Aquattro
09-09-2012, 04:19 PM
Two posts total since joining the board, last one over a year ago. Psych, he/she's long gone

Too funny :razz: Guess he got a F on his paper...lol

Closing this, just because....