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!"...
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:
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???
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.
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..."
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!
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 http://monster-madness.com). 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'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.
Oh my god that looks like Humpty Dumpty right out of the microwave!
I wonder if the disparity between female fish keepers and female dog and horse breeders is the lack of interaction between owner/pet? Fish can't exactly bond very much, which would also explain the excess of men in the hobby. You know how much we hate bonding