I see your point and it makes sence but let me think otherwise and the reason I keep thinking this way is that the aquarium trade makes more money from ignorant customers rather than educated ones.
sure, sometimes. also remember that not all newbs listen to lfs or anything anyone else says. sometimes people buy what they want regardless.
The ignorant one will buy air pumps,airstones,gravel cleaners,glass scrapers,plastic plants,algae treatments,resins to lower phosphate and nitrate and lots more.
wait a sec, I buy that stuff. fish breeders use airpumps, and fake plants all the time. those aren't all useless products, they all have some application. you can have different types of aquariums, not all need to be planted display tanks like those on APC.
Have you considered why there is no commercialy available macronutrient supplement in the market? First of all is dangerous for the ignorant...
stores carry what sells. remember most stores HAVE TO cater to newbs and newbs dont buy test kits usually, nor do they buy anything difficult to use. to get people in the hobby you have to sell what sells.
Also, if stores didnt sell items that were dangerous, they would not be allowed to sell antibiotics. Just do a google search on antibiotics and how using meds willy-nilly and dumping them into groundwater sources/sewage can really effect how effective those meds are... bacteria build resistance very quickly- fish meds are not just used for fish.
and second it will prevent the companies from selling all those crap fertilizers they offer.
Not all ferts are crap, some are good to use in addition to dry ferts or for other applications.
In my opinion there will be no such supplement in the market for at least ten more years.Don't tell me about Seachem cause if seachem was manufacturing air pumps and all those other crap it would risk a lot when launching a macronutrient supplement.
I've bought macronutrients online, there are many sites who sell them- are you talking about lfs only??
When the most 'guilty' are huge companies such as tetra,sera and JBL you should not excpect the LFS owner to tell the truth.Go tell a marine biologist who works on one of those companies that you add nitrates to your tank and I bet he will tell you that your nuts.The fact is that he knows your not nuts at all!I had asked someone that question and that was the answear I got.The problem is that if you are in the aquarium trade and want to be competitive you must lie,and that sucks!!
I don't know if I follow this at all. Sure some companies have bad products. JBJ fixtures used to pretty much explode back in the day.
Remember that people at fish stores cannot read your mind as to what you're asking. if you ask for a fert they are likely to "sell" you the one everyone else buys. are you saying they sell you the most expensive item?
this conversation turned into a debate about dry goods- I thought we were talking about live animals.... either way, those are my experiences. If you dwell on the negative, you're going to be unhappy regardless.
I agree- half full.