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Old 12-11-2016, 07:39 PM   #11
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I just bought that book (moments ago) for $1.08!

I think one thing that I've found different with this forum and others is the courtesy policy. I was on another forum that was much more active before this, but people were MEAN. Someone literally told me that I don't deserve to keep fish because I had bought a dwarf gourami and put it in a 10 gallon tank while waiting for the 29 gallon to cycle. I had made the mistake of taking the advice of these person working at the LFS, and doing so earned me pages of scorn and bile.

It was like that with everything. I could do no right. Finally, I thought I got it. I followed advice exactly. The response from the person whose advice I had taken was that she wouldn't have done what I did.

So maybe places like that are better for experienced fish keepers who have no patience for those of us who are imperfect. I can't say, being imperfect as I am.

I do know that I've spent a lot of time at the library and researching scholarly articles online, and this forum has been very helpful for the application of the information I've found there.

I'm probably on my phone.

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One of it not the best disease book.
Must have if you are not good with disease...

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(will try not breaking the work computer this time).

As someone who has been going through the unanswered posts for years these are a couple of observations:

1> We all have to start somewhere. If the interest is there in treating sick fish then research and answering sick fish threads will quickly see you gain skills. Give it a go as the payoff is immense.

2> Unanswered posts only display on the website (that I know of). To me, more people are using the app so if you can post more information (not just a bump), this will help people see the thread and maybe something in the new post will ring a bell.

3> Unanswered posts relative to online members is imo about the same. There is a case of fin rot sitting unanswered that I couldn't get to last night and in many cases I've found posting something/anything will see the thread become active. For OP's remember that posting a reply on sick fish thread can take effort (eg research). I've had answers that I thought utter rubbish but I appreciate the time taken to reply. Once a thread gets started, posts will flow.

4> It can be easy to get frustrated when you can see the problem e.g. that goldfish stocking in a small tank is never going to work. This is a general observation and a personal one where I've been utterly fed up and e.g. resolved never to reply to another sick goldfish thread which is never going to improve as the tank conditions are not suitable. However, I consider my replies are all about "teaching someone to catch fish". Take a deep breath and have patience. Posts must remain civil. E.g Despite my feelings on hybrids, I will give it my best shot for the tank (note this doesn't prevent pointing out the issues some hybrids have).

5> These threads come up every so often and I can appreciate either the lack of replies, slow response or replies not thought helpful. In every answer I have seen, people are genuinely trying to help and do want to help. Some threads are simply tough to answer. Disagreements and conflicting information will occur.

6> Here, I would say there has been a loss of aquarium keepers due to tough work conditions. So while the forum is world-wide, I know Australia is less active in fish-keeping. Hopefully it picks up.
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well said

like I also said earlier a lot of your fellow members are traveling for the holidays and this slows our forum answers drastically , a lot of our members are enjoying the holidays and family so reply times will be longer please understand this.

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