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Re: Tetra EasyBalance

_DON'T_ even get me started on this product. IMHO, it encourages lazy and
irresponsible habits for people who shouldn't have a pet rock, much less a
pet fish.

First, let me say that I am a Tetra supporter. They support public aquaria
and societies. I'm thankful for that. I also use and like lots of their

That said, to me it seems to be marketed directly at  folks who are newer to
the hobby and are (as we all were in the beginning) ill  informed, confused,
or overwhelmed with all the information blasted at them by LFS employees and
Marketing Gurus. In response to my letter to them, Tetra essentially
confirmed my feelings and viewpoints on Easy Balance. It's a "pop a pill for
what ever ails you" society, and it appears that Tetra is taking advantage
of that mentality.

Water changes are a) cheaper and b)  promote a healthier system. You even
get some "Value Added" for the effort, a little exercise. <g>


> From: Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com (Aquatic Plants Digest)
> Reply-To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
> Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 03:48:09 -0400 (EDT)
> To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
> Subject: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #573
> Does anyone think Tetra's new EasyBalance would be beneficial to planted
> aquaria? They make lots of claims about the product (See
> http://www.tetra-fish.com/usquiz/featurebenefits.html), including that
> using it weekly can reduce the need to do water changes to once in 6
> months! Another snake skin oil? I still think frequent water changes
> would benefit plants (to manage micronutrients, for example). But what's
> in this product and might it be beneficial?