02-12-2014, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by I mean, really folks, new people to the "aquarium" thing who [B
DON'T KNOW[/b] anyone who does this, pretty much have to go by what pet stores tell them weither the advice is good or bad..
i disagree with this.there is always the option to do research.this should be done when purchasing any animal. just because a pet store employee keeps fish,hardly makes them informed.there are degrees of knowledge.ultimately,these are your fish and it is up to you to take care of them,not the pet stores.and it is easy to find contradictory advice from employees at the same store.it is their job to sell their product over everything else.in a perfect world we would have well informed employees all the time.this is not the case in the real world.i can not blame a highschool/college kid working at a pet store for the failure i experience in my tank.it is up to me to educate myself. being on a forum you are going to get contradictory advice as well.the trick is to take it in stride.listen to advice and do further research on that advice. what works for one person will be the death of another persons entire tank. this hobby is scientifically centered. water maintenance is truly a science in itself. fish-in or fishless cycling is up to you.just make sure you are fully aware of the pitfalls that accompany both methods.