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RE: T. Barr / Plant FAQ
I just wanted to second (or third or forth) the idea
of the Plant FAQ and that Tom Barr rocks!
My only thought is, new people continue to find the
list everyday, so lots of new people have questions.
Many of these questions are the same and could be
answered in the archives (though I get a lot of
errors during searches) of the APD, or certainly by
reading the info on The Krib. The problem is -- most
newbies have immediate questions and have trouble
making the decision between conflicting info that
they read. As we all know, everyone does things
differently. A FAQ may not help with that.
Additionally, I think the people that end up
successful and stay in the hobby, are those people
that try to figure things out for themselves to some
degree. All of us need advice sometimes, but I think
the challange of doing things ourselves and ending up
with a great result is why this hobby is fun in the
That is one thing that I see different between
American plant folks and those in the ADA mags... It
seems to me that the ADA, like many European aquatic
plant companies, sell a reproducible "system" that
allows people to get a great looking aquariums right
away, without so many options and trial/error.
Granted, I would loose a finger to have some of the
tanks featured in Aquajournal, but I like my ugly
little tanks partly because I know how much I have
learned from trying things myself.
-Tony, in Philly where it is currently snowing big
giant flakes, none of which are sticking...Yet.