Welcome to Day 2 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. We’re just getting started, and I want to build on a strong foundation here to set us up for success. I want you to set a goal for your saltwater aquarium (or your own development within the hobby).
One of the most influential books I’ve read was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. My favorite of the 7 Habits is to: Begin with the end in mind. For me, it’s not as much about being effective (although it does help with being more effective) as it is about having a purpose.
When you have a goal, you have a direction you’re headed and the work it takes to get there is just the work it takes to get there.
By comparison, when you don’t have a goal, the work feels more like work.
How do you feel about water changes, testing the water parameters and all the other menial tasks we have to do in order to keep our tanks in tip top shape? From time to time, I’ve gotten into ruts with my tank, where those chores seemed absolutely like the last thing I wanted to do. What I found is that those ruts also aligned with times when I had no goal for my tank–no vision for what was next. My creativity, and the tank were stagnant.
The times when I had a goals to:
- Set up a successful saltwater aquarium with my old freshwater aquarium equipment
- Add corals to my fish-only setup after I proved I could keep a saltwater tank
- Frag corals
- Trade those coral frags
- Breed Banggai Cardinalfish, then Clownfish, then Neon Gobies
were the happiest, most fulfilling times I’ve had as a hobbyist.
I know this is just a hobby for you, but if you want to have great success with your tank, and if you want to build a better saltwater aquarium, I want you to set a goal. What do you want to accomplish? Once you know what your goal is, all the rest of the work will just fold into place as part of the journey, rather than something to resent.
Is there a certain species of fish you want to keep or breed? A coral type you want to keep or frag? A style or design of aquarium that interests you, like a biotope, nano, pico or something similar?
You’re going to need to do that work to build a better aquarium, so we need you to be motivated and inspired.
Begin with the end in mind. By the end of the day, let’s make sure you know what the next big step is for you.
Don’t keep it a secret. Leave a comment below and share your goal(s).