FLFishChik Posted August 11, 2022 Share Posted August 11, 2022 I wanted to start off with a huge THANK YOU to ALL of you here on this forum! To some, it may not seem like a big deal, but for me (and a lot of newcomers or “re-starters in the hobby), having a place to go with questions, issues, advice, panic moments or simply to share our photos of goofy fish and algae ridden tanks without judgement or harsh treatment is such a wonderful thing! I started this hobby 30 years ago ( pre internet and YouTube) and had to learn on my own through books or misinformation by other people. I had some success, but a lot of failures and do gave the hobby up. Then, a year ago I caught the aquarium bug again, but this time there was a wealth of websites, videos and social media groups that were created (in theory) to help new fish keepers. But my experience with most of the latter wasn’t very positive. I was made to feel in adequate and witnessed others being treated the same when asking questions on a “beginner” group page. I was ready to quit the hobby again. Completely by accident, I stumbled across this forum. I was hesitant to join. I had watched many, many… sooooo many ACO vlogs and was sure that anyone in the forum would be super experienced and would likely talk “over my head” about information related to fish keeping. I wasn’t necessarily afraid they would be mean, but I did feel like everyone would be on “Rocket Scientist” level with fish knowledge and I was only on “Paper airplane” level. But I quickly found that that was definitely NOT the case. Everyone here has been so extremely helpful and informative. Even if they don’t know the answer, they e either tried to help me figure it out or point me in the direction of someone who can. I can’t tell you how extremely appreciative I am for such a fantastic group of people and for the endless wealth of knowledge I have learned in my short time here. Thank you for never having felt “judged” or looked down upon for my lack of knowledge in fish, plants or any other aquarium related topic! You all have been so gentle, helpful and most importantly… welcoming. THANK YOU all for re-establishing my passion for the hobby! I hope I will be able to pay it forward to someone whose new and just looking for that gentle guidance! Sincerely, FLFishChik 18 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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