Copy a good design, pay a fortune, you should do better than a DIY route
Nothing wrong with that.
This is not exclusive to ADA, Dupla suggested it 25 years before.
Some saw it as cookie cutter.
Many railed against all the $$$ equipment etc.
Turned out that we could buy local CO2 equipment, make our own Poor Man Dupla Drops, did not need cables and a dozen of other things, but Dupla did bring CO2 gas systems to the hobby in a big widespread way. So that was a huge benefit to the hobby.
However, as far as design and scaping goes, the person, the amount and consistency of effort they put into their tank, not the product, not the method....... is 99% of the result.
This is gardening and over time, the amount of care shows.
Perhaps some of the perceived animosity is really just the faith based approach and some of the kooky claims(penac- come on, you are mindless
if you fall for that and ADA does
support and sell that garbage). Some of the products work and work well, some are obvious, the tanks are well made and very nice. Some products are nothing short of extremely debatable/questionable at best........
But this was true with Dupla 25 years before..........
So some critique is good, but you need to be fair about it.
Still, both bring some nice items to the hobby, even if 50% are baloney.
Now figuring out which part is real is key here, something many hobbyists did in the past with Dupla.
They used common sense, testing and DIY to find cheaper and more simple approaches. Look at DIY ADA light rails, DIY ADA Cabinets-some are downright nice and a full 800$ cheaper.
ADA is far more elusive than Dupla about what is in any of their products, perhaps product protection, Seachem does this to some degree, but is a lot more forthcoming..........at least I do not get wise crack responses from Dupla or Seachem or lame poetry.
There will always be folks out there that toss common sense and testing out the window and take things on faith.
Those folks are mindless...........that's what occurs when you do not use the mind and common sense.......the very definition of mindless. It is not an ADA issue
however no more than a diet pill issue, a Dupla issue, a political zealot issue. Some simply do not care either way, many are apathetic about it all.
Still, ADA makes a nice product line and you pay for it. Some are worth it to me. Some are not and I cannot find anyway to offer support for them. Some are just outright kooky. Dupla had some particular items, but nothing as whacked as Penac.
Penac ought to be stopped.
Supporting that monkey business, selling it, selling ADA "wine" etc......Sort of begs for folks to go after it if you ask me.
If you make a product line that makes it easier for folks to produce a nice looking SCAPE then it does help the hobby
, whether they make $ at it or not, is a business question/issue. I certainly do not think Amano/ADA should give a darn thing away for free. However, I still need to know if the product is useful and presented/,MARKETED in such a way that I will buy it and keep buying it.
If I use it and it does not do as claimed or I cannot tell either way....
I do not give $$ away based on faith or marketing.
but that's just me, maybe you do and that's your business, but do not argue like that is some sort of logic or criticize those that do ask the basic questions