Originally Posted by BillD
Unfortunately, there are many myths in the hobby, that took on a new life with the advent of forums. Someone reads something, believes it to be fact and repeats it. If you see something enough times you will tend to believe it. While forums are a great way of disseminating knowledge, the down side is that opinion is presented as fact. You can strongly believe something and still be wrong. Sometimes there is only one right way.
You don't have to spend much time on forums to see that everyone knows more about filtration than the manufacturers. I don't know if I have ever seen anyone agree that a manufacturers claim as to capacity of a filter is correct. More than likely they will say you need two.
I agree with this. After reading this forum for a few months now, it becomes almost comical to watch. Someone posts "I think my female guppy is pregnant" and the first few replies are "your tank is overstocked and uncycled." Huh? While those can be two big issues to consider in fishkeeping, they are not always "the" issue. But some people like to constantly repeat what they have read, most likely on this forum, and present it to others as fact. Notice I said "read", because I have noticed a few members making harsh blanket statements about fish that they have never owned (based on their own admission).
People who don't care about the well being of their fish don't take the time to look up, read and ask questions on a fish forum. Let's keep that in mind. Be tactful and try to give advice that is based only on either your own experience or your own extensive research from reliable sources. And state it as such. "In my experience" or "my research on this issue"...
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