RTR wrote:Aquarium keeping is at the mercy of marketing, as most things are these days. Folks are trained to think that everything has a quick-fix, just wave the plastic card at it.
No one stops to analyse what they are doing and why they are doing it. At TPF we do. And we have been doing it long enough to to show that it works to the strong benefit of the critters we keep.
PP is Glenda the Good, playing against MFK's Wicked Witch of the West.
bertie 83 wrote:J.p I wasn't having a dig. Just after joining was warned for my advise, which was basically change as much as you like. I was told 10% per week was sufficient.
kcartwright856 wrote:Pufferpunk made a post in a thread recently about having taught us well. I was going to respond there, but I didn't want to derail the thread. Plus, I felt like it deserved its own post.
I started browsing this forum 5 years ago when I first fell in love with DPs. Not only did I know nothing about them, but I didn't really know anything about general fishkeeping either.
I learned all about what we need to do to keep our delicate puffs happy and healthy. Proper diet, lots of water changes, understocking, overfiltering... all things that are advocated here, but not really anywhere else. It almost seems as though, since the puffers we love have so much more personality than most other fish, they tend to mean more to people than those other fish. The fish that are "just fish" to most people. As such, they receive better treatment.
I've been called crazy more than once by folks outside of this forum for adhering to a strict 50% water change, twice weekly, schedule. It's been called overkill, unnecessary. I planned this maintenance regimen in preparation for my messy puffers, but my other fish love it just as much. They're so happy and healthy. Breeding, even. My otocinclus breeding raises questions from other fishkeepers, such as my water parameters, and what all I have done to achieve this difficult spawn.
I didn't achieve anything. I just keep my fish and their environment healthy. Why is this such a foreign concept? People spend so much time and money on tanks, equipment, chemicals... but then their fish, the entire reasoning behind keeping a tank, are largely neglected and treated as disposable creatures. They spend money and play around with chemicals and buy fancy equipment to try to keep their fish alive, but it never seems to occur to them that something so simple as "large", frequent water changes are such a huge key.
I do realize that I'm preaching to the choir here, but I just wanted to say thank you to all of the veterans here that have taught me so much these past few years. You've made me a good fishkeeper, and I wish that there will come a day when we can change the way that others think about their aquariums.
I don't have any money yet to donate to the forum to help it grow, but I hope that this thank you will do for now.
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