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What I love most about NPT is just seeing a small ecosystem and marveling at the balance that was achieved. It brings a sense of peace. I love looking at the greenery and knowing that they are living, breathing dynamic system. I enjoy seeing the natural sunlight on the aquarium with sparkling water and bubbles forming on the plant leaves and bubbling to the surface. Each plant from the planted ones to the submerge ones to the floating ones each do its part to maintain a mutual balanced aquarium. With fish swimming through the upper regions of the tank while others clusters at the bottom regions and still other on the substrates and side walls doing their daily routines are very calming. To balance out the day, at night the trumpet snails emerge from substrate to take on the activities while other day creatures are fast asleep. It's really hard to believe how easily life can generate, grow and prosper given right conditions. I must say the side benefit of not having frequent maintenance such as water change a very nice perk. But that really is a testament to a balanced ecosystem as close as we can simulate under the confine of our small space.
 

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I love video games myself especially massive online fps but knowing my addictive personality and my abnormal competitive nature I stay away from it and haven't played for a while now.
But back to Rose's comment on NPT's can be relaxing to watch, I will agree in part to your comment. However, having a slice of nature in your house is a whole lot easier than spending the effort to drive to a remote local and deal with the external environment of heat, bugs, poisonous plants/animals etc every time you are in the mood to enjoy nature. Plus to see fish in a natural setting would be even more prohibitive. Here I could stroll into my bedroom in my case and there in the comfort of my air conditioned house enjoy my little eco. Also, to be more clear, it's really the journey that I enjoy. Having the foresight to research and put a plan in place...a vision of how my aquarium is going to be like and than seeing them come to life and watching it grow to what you envision it to be. That's the enjoyment part. Each day, you monitor the progress and see what has gone right what actions needed to taken to make an ideal home for both the fish and plant. Also to learn and adapt your vision to reality. In some sense, being the creator of this slice of nature is the enjoyment and every day you spend a few minutes of your life just marveling at what was created and anticipating what it will become. That's the relaxing part.
 

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Rose you make a good point, if you have a nice backyard by all means enjoy that. If plants and flowers and being out in nature is your thing and find relaxing than that's good too. I too find soaking in fresh air while idling in the back yard relaxing. Of course it has to be the right season, time of day, insect patterns, weather etc. Have western facing porch :(. I find aquarium to be similarly relaxing in a more controlled way. So they are mutually beneficial not exclusive of each other as both achieve the same goal in a different way. As far as I envision it to be, I also stated, "Also to learn and adapt your vision to reality". That's the part where your vision of what you want have to meet the reality of the situation as you have pointed out. My vision is not a concrete this plant here that plant there or this fish and that type of fish. It's really the essence of how I want it to look and any variety of plants the meet this essence or fish will do. As for your implied creator to god, I am not a believer so I didn't mean it that way. I'm a realist.

Looking at thefreedictionary.com It defines creator:
1. One that creates: the creator of a new television series; a born creator of trouble.
2. Creator God. Used with the.
The 2nd meaning is actually in Cap as in the Creator versus creator one who creates - "a person who grows or makes or invents things"

In any case, I will reword it to be the architect of the aquarium. That sounds better right?
 
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