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Old 05-22-2003, 05:23 PM   #11
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That is what we have the cute little smilies for...to indicate sarcasm when it is warranted. As you pointed out, there is little way to tell tone on the internet ..except for the tools available such as smilies
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Old 05-22-2003, 05:29 PM   #12
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And i have to admit the amount of smiles available on this server are numerous. And i suppose i should have put a little devil in there. If anyone was offended by what i said: sorry, nothing was meant by it. I think that the desire to stock your tank the day you have it set up is the hobbies worst enemy and its tough to overcome. I just ask that the more experienced reefers and fish tank keepers remember that first timers(especially to salt water) have so much to learn and there is little advertisement for boards like this. Learning the proper way to do things unforuntately usually happens after the damage has been done (or is about to be). There is a learning curve when people learn to do anything and this hobby is no different. With time comes knowledge and with knowledge comes the ability to do things correct the first time.

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Old 05-22-2003, 05:35 PM   #13
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I know this is the internet, but you didn't pick out any sarcasm in that statement? I was making fun of myself, i thought people would be able to, on some level, appreciate that.

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I thought that was what you meant, but it was a little unclear. I certainly understand where your coming from, one of the reasons for so many negative attitudes towards LFS stems from the very situation your in. Thankfully for you, you have found a site where there are experienced aquarists willing to help and offer advice and have no interest in taking your money.
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Old 05-22-2003, 05:38 PM   #14
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You are right. And believe me, it is not only the inexperienced saltwater person that has to suffer through the waiting. I am a VERY impatient person and it half kills me

Unfortunately, as we have found here, alot of people new to the hobby trust their LFS guy to the point of disaster. (not saying that all are bad mind you), but more often than not, people do not look for sites like this until the error has been made and then quite often, feel betrayed by the information given them to begin with. I found, in my personal experience, that boards like this are a LFS owners nightmare.
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Old 05-22-2003, 05:45 PM   #15
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You are correct with this statement

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that boards like this are a LFS owners nightmare.
I tried to post one of the flyers there, they tore it down and said they gave false information and were bad for the hobby. I dont like them anymore
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LFS killed off half my roommates cichlids because they told him that cichlids like three bags of instants ocean in a 55g.

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A bag is made for 50 gallons right? That is like giving him a salinity of like 1.1 or something insane i bet.
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I picked up on your sarcasm, however sarcasm is hard to convey in text. So I understand not everyone picking up on it.

However, nugrad2005, you need to remove those fish. There is simply nothing you can do to save them short of removing them. When your ammonia spikes I am sure they will all be goners, with the exception possibly of the damsels and clowns. Not only is killing them that way cruel but it is also a big waste of your hard earned money.
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Like i said, i used my eel while i cycled my tank and i had to make 10 and 20% water changes every couple of days to keep the amonia incheck. Then i had to do 20% water changes everyday for about a week when the nitrite spiked. i was lucky and bruce is fine. But it cost me a lot in salts and nights of no sleep. Your best bet is to get all of your fish out of there until your tank finishes its cycle. The LFS was afraid that they were gonna lose the sale of the eel if they had to wait until my new tank cycled $500.00. (thats the only reason i can see to tell me to use him to cycle the tank). And like i said, i took their word as Gospell, found out ater it was too late that i was risking his life. Never again. Now when i get advice, i post it as a question on boards like this one and get the opinion of my peers, people that are in this hobbie for the love of the animals, not to make a buck.
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Just so you know I did the same thing with my first tank. Jump in feet first that is.
So much so that I am going to start all over on it in awhile.
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