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If I may contribute here...
I have noticed in the past that some people get angry because we have to tell them things they don't always want to hear. I ask that everyone please take a look at the position we're in. The best thing about this forum over all others is that people are up front and blunt, while not being rude or nasty to each other.

We assume that when someone comes here and asks questions that they want honest and true answers. Everyone here at FF works very hard to provide the most accurate answers possible. Please don't get angry with us if we offer advice you weren't prepared to hear or don't wish to deal with. There are many times when someone comes to us with a problem and we give an answer by stating the obvious. If a tank is overcrowded, it's overcrowded... and overcrowding causes many issues. We don't like to treat symptoms, we prefer to fix problems so the symptoms go away and don't come back. If there is a problem with something like overcrowding or mismatched fish, there is usually no way to fix it unless that basic is dealt with first. To coach someone through something against our own advice is not only dangerous, but very discouraging to those who give freely of their time to help. For this reason, please don't make demands on us to "fix" something while ignoring our own advice, and please don't ask us to ignore one problem and help treat another. That isn't usually possible and is a waste of everyone's time.

It gets very tedious to have to ask the same questions 100 times in a day because nobody has provided us with enough information to help. Answering our questions above is the fastest way to get help. We work hard and together to help save every animal we can... so everyone.... work with us, please!

As was already stated, if you spend the time to do it right the first time, you don't usually have to go through the stress and hassles of failing and then trying to do it a 2nd time.

There are a few things required by anyone who wishes to keep fish successfully:
Patience
Time
Work
Love

I added love to the list because many people don't understand that fish need attention just like any other animal. Most fish are very social animals if you take the time to get to know them. If you're taking the time for attention then you're always guaranteed the time for the work that needs to be done. There is no such thing as a pet who doesn't need care, and the species of animal will determine its care.

Sorry this was long winded but I thought this was the best place to add these comments. I don't wish to offend anyone. I only wish to make the job of those who work here easier and more pleasant, and the results for others will be more pleasant in return.
 
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