08-31-2013, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by bonz
hello all, I am bonz's other half. This project is entirely hers and she has not wanted any input from me so I have stayed out of it. I have watched and read all the posts and am not sure of what the information she has received has done to help. The tank still looks bad, especially the plants. fish seem to be doing well though. I am quite a bit older and when I was a teen I raised fish that I sold to local pet shops. I did well with plants and could always split them for additional sales. I know the hobby has changed since I quit 50 years ago. I think that is why she did not want my advise. Back then we didn't have canister filters only undergravel and we only had incandesant lighting. I never had the problems she seems to be facing. Are things really that different now? She has fertilizers and gro-lights and still is having trouble. She still won't listen to me, but then again maybe I am wrong in this day and age. Can anyone please explain why those old ways won't work anymore. I would appreciate knowing and then maybe I will quit trying to give her advise. Thanks to all, "the other half"
Fishkeeping is as difficult as you want to make it. Is it any harder now than it used to be? Yes and no. I think it's easier than it used to be because we actually know how things work, and information is so readily available. However, with this knowledge comes a greater range of how things can be done, and the more people "do" the more that can go wrong.
Me? I run low tech tanks and have a mostly hands off approach. I don't mess around with them on a daily basis like some people like to do. I like that my tanks need a minimal amount of maintenance and don't require daily supervision.