Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Yes, trixella, and that's a darn good point.
And Tom Barr, your good aquarist reputation is well known around these parts, and I find it difficult to understand how you would honestly believe it's solid, sound advice to be encouraging noobs to do things that you've managed to 'eke by just fine' for 35 years, probably by luck and by gosh in your earlier years, and likely due to your knowledge & experience in a lot of later years.
I've been fish keeping & breeding, and growing plants too, on & off for over 50 years, (both fresh & saltwater), and I've seen several instances where many fish, expensive ones too, have been contaminated & wiped out by introducing seeded media from questionable sources - from LFS's & friends whose tank maintenance & practices left a whole lot to be desired. And in my younger days, I lost many dozens of fish to ammonia & nitrites when I didn't know any better.
You may debate the issue for as long as you wish, but I do believe you're in the minority, as I'm sure there are many tens of thousands of new fishkeepers who have lost a ton of fish to unsafe poor, or non-existent, cycling methods, when they didn't know any better.
You're entitled to your view, and me to mine.