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Gender Poll

Postby AnnaFish » Thu May 03, 2007 11:56 pm

I was just undertaking the arduous task of reading TFG's huge DIY wall tank post and I realized that there was a lot of discusion "My wife would kill me if I did that"

I find it crazy that there is some how a male majority in the fish hobby. I just want to see for myself.

This isn't about feminism or anything. Just sheer curiosity. I also noticed that everyone in my LFS is usually male except the one female employee that's there every now and then.

I just can't comprehend what would make aquaria more apealing to men than women.

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Postby Rue » Fri May 04, 2007 1:29 am

I suspect it's more about the mechanics in many cases..."my pump is bigger than yours"

...and intermale competition; "my tank is bigger than your tank"...and of course, for the cichlid guys...interfish aggression..."you shoulda seen how cichlid A beat the #%$& outta cichlid B last night!"...or..."you shoulda seen my Oscar down 10 rosy reds last night!"...

The fish are just the the icing on the cake... :P
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Postby TheFishGuy » Fri May 04, 2007 6:48 am

For the longest time my brother and I were in a competition on whos tank was bigger..... So I just blew him out of the water :lol:

I think it's a male thing because young testosterone filled boys get an oscar or some american bad a$$ cichlid and feel all cool, then it just sticks with you to adult hood. If you visit the CA folder you'll notice that CA's have big attitudes, and so do their keepers :lol: I love all the peo0ple that post in there but man words start flying every once and a while :lol:
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Postby justin323 » Fri May 04, 2007 7:55 am

I just figured it was too much work for the little ladies :lol:
(Ok flame suit on Let me have it ladies)
Too many cichlids too little time(And money,and space)
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Postby jimw13uk » Fri May 04, 2007 7:59 am

I wouldnt have thought Ladies would be interested in messing with more water after doing the washing up
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Postby justin323 » Fri May 04, 2007 8:00 am

And don't forget the dishes jimw13uk. :lol: :D
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Postby Aura » Fri May 04, 2007 8:35 am

AnnaFish, I didn't know this was more of a male hobby either. Everyone I know who keeps fish is female, as am I. *

Anyway, I did a similar poll and the results showed about 75% male - 25% female. It'll be interesting to see how yours turns out.

I found the poll I posted last year.

*deleted to avoid crossing any lines. :)
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Postby Number6 » Fri May 04, 2007 8:56 am

let's keep the jokes to a minimum on this thread please... it doesn't usually take long for those sorts of jokes to cross a line or two.
My WC cichlids are gonna be caught on rod n reel!
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Postby davenia7 » Fri May 04, 2007 9:11 am

Fem here.
The African cichlids are actually my boyfriend's fish. But he's tank illiterate... he has no patience, which is a must have in this hobby. So they are pretty much mine, though not what I would have done with the tank. He needs help to do WC's and even to feed right. So, I guess I should claim them.
I personally prefer the more peaceful but equally animated angelfish. Why do so many people fail to realize that they are cichlids though???
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Postby bevans76 » Fri May 04, 2007 9:27 am

Isn't the poll actually taking count of how many males/females are in the hobby AND use the computer? I was just thinking maybe there aren't more males in the hobby; perhaps it's just more females choosing not to participate in polls on forums for some reason.
When it comes to this hobby I also think females (not all, but many) tend to setup the smaller tanks (10-20 gallons) and are satisfied with them while we (the guys) tend to really jump in and get as large and as many tanks possible and then try to figure out how we can get more. I think the constant need of upgrades and customizations leads us in the direction of this forum.

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Postby live bait » Fri May 04, 2007 9:49 am

Amongst my friends, it's about a 50/50 split. However, the majority of my female fish-keeping friends don't keep cichlids.

Although my wife enjoys our tank and cares about the well being of our fish, she plays no role in care or maintenance other than feeding if I'm out of town, or alerting me if a fish seems distressed.
She's just not interested in doing the work or research required.

I would love to get a larger tank, but when I bring it up, she just looks at me cross-eyed. I have a recently acquired 75 gallon that I'm going to use for saltwater. I got the tank, then broke the news to her. This tactic worked fairly well. "Honey, I did it for you..."
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Postby Rue » Fri May 04, 2007 10:41 am

I do the tanks...but hubby helps...he's my muscle...he hauls water for me when I need him too...

I don't want a SW tank...too fussy for me...but I want to figure out the sump and how all the tubing that's my current on-going project...
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Postby nick a » Fri May 04, 2007 11:15 am

Based on the auctions and various other fish functions I've attended, from our local club to ACA, I'd say that 75/25 is a pretty good ballpark number. Can't say why beyond my own experience; my wife likes to look at tanks & fish, but totally freaks at the thought of cleaning a filter :lol: She pretty much has to sterilize the entire kitchen if I had to do any tank/filter stuff at the sink!
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Postby AnnaFish » Fri May 04, 2007 11:53 am

That's so funny! I guess I'm a little odd. The only reason that Matt will haul my buckets of gravel vaced water is because when he pours in on the lawn it makes the grass grow all super good.

His parents bought me a 55 gallon for my birthday last year and before that the biggest tank I ever had was a 2.5 gal with a betta in it!

I can't remember why I chose african cichlids. Probably because there was a blue fish...

I would have done saltwater but I thought that would be a terrible risk for my fist tank!

As far as Angel fish and Discus -- I didn't know until recently that they were cichlids too. They don't really behave like Oscars or Africans. They're showwy because of their basic traits. (that round body). Not like africans or heavy hitting SA's. They're ovals and they use their finnage to show off.

I've always been called the anomally. Had more guy friends than girl. Played video games (work on one now Liked fishing, camping (no RV), sword fighting... My major is Digital Arts and Sciences and my minor is Japanese... oh and my OTHER minor is Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

(I'm alone at work right now with nothing to do because the game is pretty much done and so this feels really disjointed and weird.)

I want a house with like four fish tank walls! A hallway like in terrors of the deep! And koi ponds! Every wall would be a different region! Yeah!

My fiance and I want to start a fish farm. We'll do ornamentals to start, but then we can do food fish to feed the world! Yay!

Anybody have a fish they love but is hard to find?

I'd love to grow it for you!

(I'm sick of working here)
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Postby tnnsman7 » Fri May 04, 2007 2:19 pm

I've noticed over 40 years of fish keeping that there are definitely more male fish hobbyists than female. I'm talking about serious hobbyists with multiple tanks, etc. I know dozens of male fish hobbyists in my state and surrounding. I only know of two female serious hobbyists. I don't think it's even close.
Just the opposite with dog and horse breeders. All the dog breeders, breed rescue, etc. that my wife and I know are female. Same with the horse nuts in our area, almost all female.
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