I am not a big believer in chemicals, including fertilizers and other such "additives" unless they are really needed. I prefer a natural aquarium, personally. The trick in trying to help in a place like this is that you can't assume anything about anyone. Everyone is different just like every situation is different, every tank is different. Not everyone knows the old school ways, and not everyone knows the basics. And not everyone has our favorite methods or products available to them.
All I ask is that you not jump to conclusions, assume, or other such actions when here on FF. Please read threads in full before posting an answer, too...
The threads we handle here at FF belong to the person who posts it, and that is the person we are here to help. If someone else needs help or has questions that don't directly pertain to the post or help with that post, we then start a new thread.
I can say, since I've been here almost since FF began, that most of the people around here already understand about doing the maintenance in place of using chemicals... but we are also very honest that when someone is cramped for time, money, or even a good water supply, such as this post... chemicals and filter medias are often a good solution or aid in getting someone through.
So, please come here with an open mind, and try not to get judgemental. Also, please make sure that the info you post is accurate. I noticed a post you put here earlier about the many products you seem to have a great dislike for... but your information was not entirely accurate. My husband and I were sorting through it tonight, and will sit down and post about it tomorrow when we have the time.
You don't have to be a fan of these companies and their products, but please don't bash them here, and please don't suggest to others that these things are useless. They are not useless, and can be a matter of life and death to someone's fish if they are afraid to use it based on 1 personal opinion about it. We try to bring accurate information to all posts here, and it keeps me and a handful of the others hopping sometimes... but compared to other forums found online, this is still one of the best.
Just another quick note, then I'm off to bed for the night. My husband, Rob, is the lead tech support for Kent Marine, All Glass, Oceanic, Zilla, and a number of other companies that have merged in the past few years. The head lab tech is a friend of ours, and we have detailed lab results available to us if we need them, and that is for any of the products from Central Aquatics. Your comments about the products earlier was offensive, to say the least. Rob spends a lot of time helping me here when it comes to one of his company's products, and he is able to provide tech support right here on FF when needed. Tell me another company who has employees who are that devoted? If you have questions about these products or problems with something, please... just ask!
We'll be back tomorrow night to clear up the misunderstandings in your previous post about the various filter medias you mentioned.