Thanks for the suggestions, STT - and Chuck. Netflix for fish *giggle* I just love
coming on here and seeing all the wonderful ideas our members come up with for us to investigate. . .figuring out how to put them into effect is a lil' bit of something else, though! ^_^
Its a good suggestion. . . the profiles are always
going to be a work in progress, I'm sure you've noticed that we're making changes to them every day - little by little - to make them more easy to navigate as well as keep them up to date as new information comes out. I don't know much about coding, or exactly what admin Yung would have to do from a technical aspect to make something like this a reality, but I DO know that to try to cross-reference ALL of the fish and ALL of the plants in our database would be a MASSIVE undertaking. I suspect we'd have to re-do the format of each individual profile (there are hundreds of them!) one at a time in order to ensure that something like this would actually work and be effective - there are so many different ways to cross-reference the information we have in the profiles - for now they're just each individual posts, more or less. . . I'd guess that in order for this to work, we'd have to have fields for the temp, Gh/Kh, etc. and we'd also have to add in experience levels, too - since some fish and plants are better for beginners and some need more experienced care. . . I don't think this is as easy as tweaking a simple search function (though I *could* be wrong!) Something more complex like Chuck's suggestion I have even less of an idea what that would require.
I understand your frustration, though. There is so much research
that I put in before bringing anything home to my tank, it would
be really nice if there were SOME kind of 'cheat' to make getting started easier - but on the other hand, digging for information and learning about these amazing animals (and plants!) is half the fun (for me)! One of the most amazing things about fish (and plant!) keeping is that there is ALWAYS
something new to learn, no matter how long you've been at it. I started by going to my local fish shop with a notebook and wrote down the names of each fish that caught my eye, then came home and looked them all up. Needless to say, most of them were crossed off my list pretty quickly - but not before I had learned a *little* bit about them!
Even if we could pull off an amazing tool like this, there are so many things with fish-keeping that is truly specific to the individual tank - this seems to be especially true with plants. I can have two tanks that are set up as close to exactly the same as I can make them, and cuttings from the same plant may thrive in one, but fail in the other. So mysterious!
One thing I CAN say is that, to some extent, a lot of this stuff DOES become second-nature. As you become more familiar with the hobby, you just. . . remember some of the more common things. It's all so overwhelming when you're just getting started - but it does get easier as time goes on. Or at least it has for me.
Sorry, babbling again, lol. I get too excited. :)
Great suggestion - we will be sure to look into it further. We are building a team that will be doing a lot of work on the profiles, so we'll discuss your suggestion and see if there is any way of making it a reality - though I suspect that a project like this, to be done properly, would take quite some time to complete! It's not going to be an easy or a quick one, for sure, but hopefully someday!