I CHANGE WATER
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Saratoga, NY
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Re: URGENT statement from aquariumforum.com *PLEASE READ*
No argument here and only my opinion,but I think there are many kinds of people with aquariums;the first 2 kinds of people are those who just have fish and don't really have much interest or knowledge about them,and people who are new and willing to learn.The next 2 are "fish keepers";those who keep fish and do it right(there are multiple ways),and "fish keepers" who are passionate about the care and raising of fish.We are fortunate to have a great mix of all.Unfortunately they mix like oil and water,and often the message is missed in how it is phrased.Cruelty and ignorance are not what anyone wants to hear in a reply to request for help,BUT if the members who ASK for input refuse to even acknowledge the experience ,effort and time other members offer and want to claim that we are nazis(I've been called a nazi for some of my replies!),arrogant or demanding I loose respect for such posters.One must remember in this day and age that neglect is considered abuse/cruelty.
The cycling opinions are strong,and most do recommend the fishless cycle to protect the fish and hopefully educate the future keeper.The heated (sometimes name calling) debates only arise when those who choose to cycle fish in refuse to test their water and change it as we know is needed,and that to me is cruelty to fish.You even said yourself that is how to cycle fish in,so you got to understand when our passionate members read these sort of post over and over again the frustration,and even anger it generates.There have been many threads from people who it really appears in short time make it clear they don't care enough to be good contributing members(or good fishkeepers).It is even usaully pretty clear they are just attention seeking and continue to "stir the pot" until they're bored,and finally leave.I really don't feel bad for any of them in respect to how this site treats them.I do feel bad for them though,they missing more than fishkeeping skills.Just my opinion though!