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"You can't ever go home"!

Back in the early days when Innes wrote the "bible of the business" -- 
Exotic Aquarium Fishes" (or something like that), the variety of plants was
extremely small, as compared to today.

Time passes and we have a tremendous variety available.  To grow some, you
can get by by not changing water.  To grow all, you need to change some
water much more often and add Carbon by gas or other sources like 

IMHO, make it easy on yourself if you want a good variety.  Follow Tom Barr
and you won't go wrong.  The breeding of Neons and Cardinal Tetra was not
possible at that time, either -- nor hundreds of other varieties not even in
the "Innes Bible".

Merrill Cohen (who was around when Innes was the "final word")

From: Billinet at aol_com wrote:
Subject: Onyx Controversy


When I first started in this hobby one of the "rules" was that a stable 
aquarium environment should be maintained at all times, because that was
the plants and animals were accustomed to. Definitely no limestone or clam 
shells, 'cause they dissolve, etc. Now a known dissolver is being touted as 
the next, best substrate or something close to that.

That brings to mind the "rules" about changing aquarium water. In the early 
years, as reported by Dr. Innes, experienced aquarium keepers never changed 
their water and enjoyed its brownish hues. Then came the clean water era, 
when frequent water changes were the rule, and now some authorities, like Ms
Walstad, suggest that partial water changes occur no more often than every 
six months or so.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same."

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