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My mistake (again<g>)
>Karen, I did not intend to suggest that those who try to control hair algae
>rather than eliminate it should NOT be considered aquarists. I said that
>those who work at controlling hair algae shouldn't RESERVE the title,
>"aquarist" for themselves. When I used, the verb, 'reserve', I meant to
>set this title aside only for their own use.
By the time you see this, you will probably already have seen my response
to Erik's post. I can only blame reading too fast without bothering to put
my glasses on. I apologize. I clearly misread your post. Read the RIGHT
way, I agree with _most_ of what you said, though I'm still not sure I'd be
willing to pre-treat fish or plants to avoid disease or algae. Quarantine
is fine, however, and an absolute necessity if you're unsure of the source.
As I said initially, I _do_ understand why, with your particular interests
you prefer to avoid even the possibility of introduction of filamentous algae.
>When I used, the verb, 'reserve', I meant to
>set this title aside only for their own use. That means that they
>shouldn't EXCLUDE someone like me who got rid of hair algae, and call him
>or her "a person that keeps aquariums". I was reacting to what Ed said,
>quoted below. It seems to me that he was trying to say that I am not
>deserving of the title, aquarist, but should only be considered an aquarium
>>there is nothing you can do to prevent algae from comming into contact
>>w/ the aquarium. This is what make the difference in an person that
>>keeps aquariums and an aquarist. The aquarist will strive to keep
>>everything in check."
I agree with you completely. People need to try to get past the "our way
is the only way" mentality. There is room for a great number of approaches
in this hobby, and even if we choose not to USE a particular method
personally, it doesn't mean that another who does choose that path is any
"better" or "worse". In fact, I find that by analysing _why_ another
method is successful it can help me understand more about aquatic plants
and aquatic gardening in general.