I was wondering how his method might differ from the Walstad Method.
If he's a lurker here, I urge him to chime in here. He's doing a great job at increasing awareness of Planted Aquariums, so I won't be critical of him. http://www.youtube.com/user/Dustinsfishtanks Personally, I think he brings a SportsCaster attitude to the hobby, which is pretty awesome!
I simply would like to know how his method would differ from Diana Walstad's philosophy on dirt planted aquariums.
He claims to follow the walstad method actually so they're the same. Yeah, his videos are entertaining, but his science is a bit weak (especially compared to what you'll find in this forum; saying things like excess nutrients cause algae etc). His methodology is great for beginners though.
I personally HATE this guy's you tube videos, I want to punch him in the face every time I hear his over enthused, ridiculous voice...but in all serious, he must know a thing or two and be doing something right because his tanks are beautiful.
I tried his method on a small tank I have and its working out decently for me. I find his videos helpful but could use a better background as to why certain things are going on in your tank. Given you can achieve the same results in your tank as he has in his without using dirt but going a bit more high tech I'd think. His videos are good and it inspires a younger crowd to get scapin'. However I think others could do just as well with a YouTube channel with other information he doesn't cover in his channel overall he is a good starting point for a dirted tank, which is what he is more known for rather then his formal aquarium knowledge, just my opinion. Id love to see others on here have there own channel, is watch lol
I think his videos are good for a whetting a beginner's appetite for knowledge when it comes to aquariums. He portrays his knowledge in a simple way that's very accessible and his enthusiasm makes you want to get into the hobby ASAP. However you grow out of him quickly and move onto more reliable/knowledgeable youtube members and great forums like TPT and APC. I actually still really like Mrmomtanks on youtube. Dude is pretty rad haha.
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I kinda like the kid. Actually I stumbled on to this site because of Dustin and doing research. I started my first dirty tank because of him.
I'm a little more high tech now, but like one said before, he's good for beginners.
Just be careful listening to him about fish facts sometimes.
"Clown loaches are named so because of their swimming behavior"...eh, not so much junior...try their color pattern.
But yeah, good for getting a beginner enthused I guess if you can stand listening to him talk. Nothing to offer an experienced aquarist though.