Originally Posted by R6Chick
I my case I was using shortcut as an noun by the definitions below. While shortcuts are often available for many things it is not always the best way. In the case of aquariums, I have often found that taking shortcuts are not always a good idea.
Ohhhh silly girl, I think you know I was asking about the context in which you meant "short cut". I've never met one human being that doesn't know the definition.
I was only asking because the entire aquarium experience is a short cut. You buy salt in a bag, put in rock, buy fish who are already born and alive, buy pre-processed food. I just don't understand why it's better to start with 2 bacteria cells when you could start with a few million of the same cells. To me, that is far superior method. If one were to get a more quality cycle the "long way" I could see, but you don't. It's the same cycle as the fast way. This bacteria is great and you should view it as a tool for efficiency rather than a short cut for the impatient. By-passing lots of potential problems is "efficiency".
I like King Aquarium in the Bay Area (I'm closest to them). I also go to Vallejo Aquarium for certain selections, and Aquarium Concepts in Dublin. Been to Aquarium Showroom once and it was pretty cool, but not too familiar with them as of yet.