Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
How did something come to be labeled 'For Aquarium Use'?
It was not 'For Aquariums', but someone tried it, tested it, refined the product... then labeled it 'For Aquarium Use', and marketed it with a price tag that pays for the time spent to develop the product, the packaging, the advertizing.
We are just doing the same thing on an individual scale. There are so many people here and on other forums, aquarium clubs and so on, trying all sorts of things in their tanks, and giving the feedback of what worked and what did not.
Progress is made not by sticking to the tried and true, but by exploring the alternatives, finding new ways of doing things.
New people, just entering the hobby might be cautioned to stick to the 'For Aquarium Use' materials, but they do not have to. I would suggest anyone thinking about doing something 'different' do some research to see if it has been done before, and what happened. It does not matter how many years you have kept aquariums, or any related experiences. Research first is always a good idea.
Being a bit more experienced with aquariums can be helpful if you are leaving the well traveled path of 'For Aquarium Use'. When things start to go wrong the aquarium keepers with a few years in the hobby are probably better experienced in seeing the problem early and knowing what to do to find out what is really going wrong. Then are better prepared to take the proper action to fix the problem.
I think that might mark the dividing line between beginners and more experienced hobbyists.