The problem with
is that it eliminates two
very real possibilities
of NEITHER and BOTH.
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE ...
Less Than Two Months Later
Damselblue posted some updates
regarding her tank ...
here is something she shared ...
"I am breeding copepods right now ... I have
an 18 gallon refugium and live rock in the
sump/fuge and in my main display, where
I have a pile of safety rocks for the pods
to hide in. It's going to be Pod City."
must not have been too bad
for bacteria and pods afterall.
We'd like to share some thoughts
regarding some of the other comments
offered by LadyOctopus ...
Damselblue is not a
professional photographer with years
of experience in the field of
capturing the details of each shot.
SHE IS DOING HER BEST TO SHOW
WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT ...
... Damselblue is neither trying
to SLANDER this company
or FALSELY PORTRAY the
actual product she received.
From our observation,
Damselblue's photo "skills"
were never put into question.
However, Damselblue's own
perspective may have reflected
in her photographs, as it was
not clear why certain features or
vantage points were not shared.
Birdfish: "Not to dis Damselblue's
photo skills, but the (probably digitally
determined) exposures are very dark
(underexposed) and very light (over exposed).
What you lose in either case is color.
Over and under exposed photos
do not show the true story ...
It is not Damselblue's fault,
it's just how light and color work."
It is duly noted that one should
follow the recommendations of the seller
if one would like the seller to be
receptive to complaints about the product.
In all of the research Damselblue
has done, she found what she felt was
good protection against bad hitchikers.
When Damselblue was advised that
"the dip" was NOT recommended
by the seller, she did not agree.
She stated that the seller had
previously recommended the dip,
which was not the case.
"I also have been told I did the
right thing ... If you go to the website
I have mentioned, you will see that
treatment is recommended."
It appears that Damselblue DID actually
expect the seller to be receptive,
yet did NOT feel she needed to
follow their advice when they
attempted to give it.
Nothing done during the
acclimation process affected the
shapes of the rock received -
can we focus on that for once?
We have observed that upon
first receiving her live rock,
Damselblue had this to say:
"The rock has very nice shapes,
but the rock looks like base rock.
... LadyOctopus said it looks
completely like base rock."
Some hobbyists commented positively
about the shapes, while others had
mixed opinions ... it appears that
there was much focus placed on shape.
Both shape and size were
discussed at length when the term
"base rock" was evaluated.
The simple matter of the
difference in type and quality of shapes
... keeps getting pushed to the side
here and clouded with talk about
coralline algae coverage ...
We have observed the following
comments made by Damselblue herself ...
"...where is all this coralline
I was supposed to get?"
"...why was there about
5 percent on my rock?"
"...There is maybe 5 percent
coralline algae ..."
The concern about the coralline algae
coverage was posted by Damselblue ...
others stepped in to comment, but it
does not appear as though in doing so
that they were pushing anything aside.
And, for individuals who have
posted negatively about Damselblue's
complaints, I have another message:
Have you forgotten what it was like
when you started your first system?
The amazing highs and lows brought
with each new discovery?
Why are you criticizing a
conscientous new hobbyist instead
of attempting to educate and promote
good reefkeeping practices?
Our observations show
that many fellow hobbyists offered
excellent advice. Those who did
not agree with some aspects of
the conversation or comments that
were made, often replied with
helpful advice and insight.
"I guess I'm just one of those
stupid people in the hobby that
experienced people cannot stand.
I'm here to learn."
Damselblue may have felt that others
were being overly critical of her
because she was a novice.
An impressive amount of shared
knowledge was offered by those
who were not in agreement
Conscientiousness often requires a
care and precision that can only come
with experience and time.
We observed amazing
"highs and lows" ... and
some hobbyists attempted to
quell some of those lows ...
not to be critical,
but to be helpful.
Promotion of good reefkeeping
practices appears to be
exactly what was offered.
The mind is like a parachute ...
it only functions when it's open.
It is time for us to say good-bye.
We hope our thoughts and observations
have helped in sharing other viewpoints.
Now you are on your own ... may an
open mind be with you.
...Continue to Act XVI - Scene One