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Re: [APD] The non-aquatic plant issue (Nick Andrews)

I believe Bill Wichers wrote this email section below:
I know people that ask me about fish stuff fish stuff in
person are usually surprised I can't remember the last time I had a fish
die since they're not used to having fish live a long time in their own

Amazingly I was asked the very same question last week from a fellow aquatic club member! I too couldn't remember.

When I first joined a fish club last year, members visiting me seem to always remark about how big my fish are and how I should put them into a Show. But that's not my thing. I never thought my fish were any different from theirs.

Learning to do things right will always involve effort on the part of
the aquarist.

The trouble with this, is that the vast majority of books in the shops and in the library almost never mention the nitrogen Cycle process.
Probably don't want to frighten off the inquisitive reader!

They don't mention modern bacteria bottles that can cycle a tank in 24 hours instead of weeks and keep common beginner mistakes like overfeeding from being fatal.

The books absolutely never talk about Walstad tanks that can keep bad bacteria down, breaks down fish waste, fast cycles a tank, self-fertilises plants with no need for adding CO2 and stabilises the water for months. It's the obvious choice for beginners!

It's baffled me why they ignore these techniques.

Stuart Halliday
200 Million years in the making...
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