Originally Posted by lando
take the "inch per gal
." rule and throw it out the window. I agree with the others in that it is a VERY poor measure for stocking. ...
OK... so how do you suggest a new person make a stocking plan? We preach "add the more docile fish first, then work your way more aggressive" which implies you have your entire list figured out to start with. (Which is a good idea, by the way.)
So how do you plan that list if you only know the tank size requirement for each fish? If you have 1.5 lbs/rock per gallon (another poor rule probably, but it's a start), just how do you know how much filtration that is? Is the amount of fish you can support one less than you had before your tank crashed? (I read that one somewhere and kinda liked it!)
I agree... it is a poor rule. But it's a starting point. Or is there a better starting point for people starting out?
I've helped teach people things where there's more than one way to do something and in reality there really aren't set rules on how to do things. There's always exceptions. But doing it the wrong way could get you killed. So you teach them one way, and one way only. That gives them the basic skills to progress without killing themselves. Only later do you teach them the other ways and then explain the pros/cons of the different ways. At that point, they have some experience under their belts to comprehend and make informed decisions. But when they're just starting out, that experience has yet to materialize and even if you did teach them the different ways it wouldn't make sense to them. I kind of see this as something like that.