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Discussion in 'General Aquaria Discussion' started by Lupin, Nov 4, 2010.

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  1. Lupin

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    Guys, please be reminded that before you post your topic, think first where the topic is MOST appropriate. For instance, if you were asking solely on puffer fish, then that topic must be posted in the Puffer fish section. Oscars go into Central and South American Cichlids section.

    I understand that there are those especially new to the hobby who may be unsure of the proper category a particular fish falls in in which case I understand completely the necessity to post here in GAD forum instead. However, for those who ALREADY have knowledge of where the topic shall be appropriate, please do post them where they should be. This will not only lessen the moderators' burden to move the threads as appropriate BUT also PREVENT stagnation in some areas and makes researching for particular topics much easier when you can simply select a particular forum you know the fish is discussed most within.

    If you are quite confused navigating the forums to post where appropriate, please do seek your fellow members' help when you can. I am sure that help will be given where it is most needed. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There is no reason why you should be.

    Please consider the benefits why threads should be where they are most appropriate. If you think the particular area has been dormant, bumping (once per day) is necessary. Be patient though if nobody replies yet. Eventually, one is bound to encounter the topic and hopefully give you the answer you are looking for.

    After all, Monster Fish Keepers forum is one of the biggest sites with a rather heavy traffic so we should NOT doubt its capability in providing you all the answers you need.

    I do hope this clears up why we try to keep every area in this forum balanced as much as possible. Please do your part in doing this by encouraging the use of all sections when necessary.

    Thank you and good day to everyone!
     
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    Help Us So We Can Help You!!!

    Many people have posted urgent help questions in this section. Most of the time, they need help immediately, but do not include the information that is necessary to really help the aquarist. So, here are some guidelines to assist in forming such a post:

    1. Tank size. We need to know this to tell if you're overstocked. It would also help to state what kind of tank it is,(ie; 20 long, 20 high, 20 extra high, ect).

    2. Type and size of fish and all tankmates. That way we can tell if there are population density issues, or aggression problems. Especially important is if any new additions have been introduced to the tank.

    3. How long the tank has been established. New tanks are prone to suffering from "new tank syndrome" with fluctuating ammonia, nitrite, and sometimes pH levels.

    4. Results of testing. we need to know exact ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH at the least. Of those, ammonia is the most toxic, nitrite is the second, nitrate is not that toxic, and pH only matters if your trying to breed, or keeping delicate fish, such as discus. If you can, a GH and KH test will help immensely in determining your waters buffering level, so if there are pH issues, the only way we can really help is by knowing these levels.

    5. Decor of tank. What?! Why would we need to know this? It's because there are several common tank decorations that can have an effect on water chemistry. Bogwood, and driftwoods, may tend to discolor the tank water, and can lower pH. Shells, coral, and some stones (ie; marble, holey rock/limestone) can raise the KH, thereby raising pH.

    6. Any other specific parts of tank. This includes filtration, plants (real or artificial), any other additives added to tank, and most importantly, feeding schedule, types of foods, amount, and frequency/amount of water changes.

    Everyone here at MFK is here to help each other. And, if everyone starts adding more specific information to their pleas for help, the process will be accelerated greatly, and you'll get the assistance in a more concise manner.

    Source: http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/f...-Threads-Here-are-some-guidelines-for-posting
     
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    Guys, I am appealing to all of you to PLEASE POST THE THREADS IN PROPER SECTIONS!
     
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