Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
I think it would be better to stay in the forums. Yes, you get more answers, but you will get them.
If you just PM a single person, you might have to wait several days for an answer.
If you get several opinions it might seem overwhelming, but you can always ask for clarification, and more details.
For most aquarium questions there is not one single answer, anyway.