I have been around the hobby for over forty-five years, but I still only know just enough to be dangerous
and am the proud parent of a built-in 90 gallon fresh water planted tank located in my family room. As for my knowledge, it mostly came from books and recently online. I knew that Amano was a shrimp long before I realized there was also a person, and although I can spell ADA
I can't tell you any of their rules or paradymes.
I am sure you can imagine my surprise when I found out through this site that I lived less than 15 minutes from Tom Bar!!!
I immediately reached out to Tom and scheduled an in-home consultation. He offered the advice for free on-line, but I told him I was happy to pay for a personal consultation as I am more of a face-to-face person and learn more that way. We quickly agreed on a price and set an appointment.
He arrived on time and after introductions began to give me advice on my aquarium. As a result of his visit, I reorganized the electrical, changed the bps of my CO2, added a CO2 reaction chamber and additional pump (Cerges' Reactor), added a red wave T5 HO, moved my H20 inlet valve, changed my lighting timers, relocated old and purchased new plants, and can now do a 50% water change in less than 15 minutes!!! No more 5-gallon buckets!!! Over all, he spent twice as much time as we agreed upon and made a huge difference in my tank. I have experienced 20% growth and better colors as a result of his visit.
This is my first post on Planted Tank Forum and I just thought I would say thanks to one of its best members first. Thanks to Tom and what a great site. I am happy to be new member!!!