boy... I'm away for a few days and look what I miss! 8O
I think that everyone has pretty much covered everything (and kudos for everyone for being mature!), but I wanted to make one quick response to the original poster that I hope will help them understand a little more why we make so many cautionary posts to new members.
In your own post you offered the scenario of someone posting about putting an oscar in a 20 gallon tank. You stated yourself that if the oscar was only an inch or so he'd have plenty of room for only a couple months. Personally, i'm not that familiar with oscars so I'm going to go on your information as a hypothetical scenario.
For arguments sake, lets say I knew something about oscars, and knew, as you stated, it would outgrow a 20 gallon tank in a few months. If I were to read the post you gave as the example here's what would go through my head, .oO("hmm thats going to end up a large fish, I wonder if he plans on keeping it there or moving it to something bigger...") you said,
and thats exactly what we're working with. I don't know. I can't know unless I tackle that subject. As someone who wants to encourage others in the hobby, I feel an obligation to be sure new members (note, new members
, not new hobbyists) have all the information I can make available.
Given that I don't know what the example posters plans are, and given I want that person to have a long enjoyable relationship with his oscar and given that I want to ensure the fish itself has a long healthy life my response to the example post would include an answer to their direct question, as well as a cautionary comment about, "an oscar in a 20 gallon".
However that comment is made the intent is the same, "I don't know" so I have two options. Assume the poster is aware of the size of an adult oscar, or assume that the poster is not aware. If I assume they are aware, and I'm wrong, both the person and the fish suffer emotionaly and the fish could well suffer physicaly. However, if I assume they don't know and I caution them, if I'm right, I've helped them both. If I'm wrong, no harm is done, they simply reply, "don't worry about the 20 gal
, thats just QT
for the next 2 months while my 600 gallon wall tank finishes cycling".
Thats the reasoning I use when replying to post from someone I'm not personally familiar with. I believe thats probably why others post that way as well. We're trying to encourage you by ensuring you have a successful experience.
so this was my opinion. I hope we have encouraged you (And those who felt discouraged) to stay an active member here. We look forward to helping in anyway we can. Now do me a favor and get that poor oscar out of that 20 gallon!