| | Re: An (excited) word about filtration
I do not want this discussion in the main forum. I want it right here in the DFWAPC sub-forum, where I posted it.
I have my reasons for it. Please do not move it.
Always get larger filtration - yes. But only in conjunction with many other factors. If there is a "take home lesson" that is it - all factors need to work together. Hooking up a larger filter may or may not work good. If we continue missing the big picture we will always have tanks that work and tanks that don't.
I started this topic in the spur of the moment. And I have opened up like never before about the information that I've have had access to for some time now. So far I only urged people to go out and look for the information themselves. There has been somewhat of an interest in my hints and suggestions. So I want to keep this new information local, DFW Club mainly topic so it benefits us as a club. Anyone interested can for my "oh-so-great" posts right here.
My goal is to shed more light about setting up a replicable unproblematic planted tanks. Setup that works every time. That we can all replicate over and over. If ADA, ADG, Oliver Knott and others can do it why is it that US hobbyists as a whole can't? From what I understand ADG is gearing up to put out a lot of useful information. I hope it is exactly what this hobby needs (no more ordering rocks Japanese style and how to use cardboard to divide dry gravel in a cool way). I also hope that if ADG does that it does it in a way that is not leaving the information there and not creating interest in it.
A comparison with the state of the marine aquarium hobby could help us see the planted tank hobby in a more realistic light. The marine aquarium hobby - the reef side of it has started to experiment more with aquascaping just in the last few years. I see more and more "aquascaped" reef tanks. Reefers have knowledge, equipment, and are not stingy. The planted tank hobby is the opposite (at least in the US) - we start with the aquascaping, still haven't figured out the technical part, and we are tight with our money. 10 years at least and we have moved ahead just a little bit. And definitely not in terms of the tanks being replicable. Things don't need to be expensive - they just need to be done with more insight.