Well, you know the old saying about assuming.
I went back and read my original post and confirmed that are are no question marks.
As far as your experience, I have had lots of good advice from people working at lfs
's and I have gotten some pretty bad advice as well. All of my tank parameters are good and my fish are healthy. The Electric Yellows are not bloated and do well on their current diet.
By outright condemnation, I simply mean that you did not take the time to ask any pertinant questions and merely gave your outlook. Did I give every bit of information in my original post - NO, because I was not asking for advice; just giving an update. Much of what you said is correct, although not applicable in my situation, and much of what you said is opinion. It may be based on your experience, but we all have our own experiences. I may be a novice in your eyes, but I have done my homework. I do a great deal of research before starting any project to try and avoid many of the pitfalls that people fall into.
You are clearly implying in both posts that I am neglecting my fish, which is something I take personal because I am not someone who goes and just throws a tank together or adds whatever fish I think look pretty with no consideration as to what is best for my particular situation. My wife gets aggrivated with me because I take so long to choose fish. I often spend an hour or more watching the fish at the lfs
to see how they behave and if I can spot any potential problems.
My problem with your advice is not that it is wrong, just unsolicited. I don't doubt your credintials but I do hope that you take time at your job to take time to listen to the customers and not just tell them what you think they should be doing.
Here's an example of how you might try to approach someone next time:
"It seems like you have a lot of fish in your tank. Do you think overcrowding may become a problem as they grow? I have had a lot of experience with Cichlids and I was wondering how your mix of South American and Africans get along. I have seen compatability problems with these in the past. You may have already considered these issues but I just thought I would throw them out there to help you avoid any potential problems down the road."
Had you posted any of these or similar questions, you would have gotten a much different response from me and we could have had a better dialouge instead of going back and forth trying justify ourselves.
Having said all that, your intentions were in the right place and I do appreciate your concern. I hope you will look at my advice in the same manner.
PS I hope you will take time to post some pictures in your gallery. I really would love to see some of those mature cichlids. They are such a fun species to watch.