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This is hard!!
Dear friends I am just about to quit this miserable hobby. I am not
kidding. I lurked for a month here last winter. Then I bought all back
issues of The Aquatic Gardner. I am a great vegetable gardner. In fact
there is not much that I choose to do that I have not become a journeyman
in short order. I have had aquariums on and off since I was 12. I am 49
now. And when I lived in Steamboat Springs in the 1970's at an elevationof
6,700 feet, I had a wonderful and successful salt water aquarium.
But, oh, the plants. My two tanks that I started in the Spring have gone
from beautiful to crappy and back again. I just don't know what to do to
get any consistency out of this. Now I am reading everyone's story about
using bleach to get rid of the green hair and green beards. I am sorry, I
cannot do that. life is too short for me to spend hours of it bleaching
plants and taking down and puting up my aquarium. Is there no other way?
God, I admire you who are doing well at it. And I wish that I could see
your aquariums for some inspiration. But I have a 37.5 gal and a 75 gal
that right now are a mess. I will go back to square frigging one with
them, if I could just figure out where the hell that is! Maybe it is Earl
Hamilton's planted tank primer in the Krib. I don't know.
Come on you great ones: is there not a formula that we can follow, like
the beginning pianist learning the notes of the masters, which will enable
us to duplicate your success for a season?
I cannot tell you how discouraged I am. Well, maybe I just did!
Macon Cowles in Boulder, Colorado: where they still are clueless about the