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The post was not meant to be deleted. A mod was attempting to edit out a rude comment and accidentally deleted the post. It's a fairly easy mistake to make, and we've all made it at one point or another. We're sorry that it happened.cerianthus said:No doubt all with good intentions. It was/is my belief that this forum and or any other forum main purpose is to assist and share knowledge but you should not try to share info/facts when never have tried.
By deleting my request for more info in order to attempt to assist other member's difficulty, (not that I can assist for sure), I am wondering if such behaviors(deleting important questions) served any purpose but to satify his/her ego.
It's usually best to ask why in private when something like that happens rather than make a presumption and start throwing accusations.
As far as the "should not share info/facts when never have tried," if we go by this, we would have plateaued in our ability to learn long ago. There's only so much time in the human life to test everything for one's self.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with book/magazine/website/secondhand knowledge. In fact, there are advantages that such knowledge has over personal experience, such as the fact that a book written by a person who maintained the reefs at a large aquarium for a few decades carries that person's experience with it.
The person who says "I've done it this way, and my fish were fine, therefore the way I did it is the right way" has fallen into two traps of logic:
First of all, they presume that a single scenario proves a point. It doesn't. There are so many variables in an aquarium that it is possible that there's some factor that the aquarist hasn't seen. (Take, for example, the idea of cycling with pure ammonia. It works for some, not for others. Neither group can say for certainty that it does/doesn't work... just that it does/doesn't work for them) Further, with all of these variables, there is the possibility that the fish merely survived, rather than thrived.
Second of all, they are presuming that there's only one answer.