Newbies beware!

Ok, so you’re new to cichlids, maybe even new to fish keeping. You’ve joined a few Facebook groups to get some help. You ask some questions, answers flood in, and now your head is spinning. Why? Because you’re getting a dozen different answers. Worse than that, your post in the Facebook group has devolved into a virtual shouting match, pretty much eliminating further help there.

So what do you do? Longing for some assistance, you join another Facebook group…or three…and post the same question you did in the first group you joined. What happens? Most likely the same thing that happened before, with varying degrees of animus.

Faced with uncertainty due to so many responses, some of which are conflicting, you’re not sure how to proceed. Let me save you some trouble. Before you make that initial Facebook post, start visiting some fish keeping sites, especially focusing on cichlids, and read. Most likely, you’ll find an answer to your questions in the content of one of these sites. Once you’ve spent some time reading and digesting the information, go ahead and join the Facebook groups. However, instead of posting questions, simply follow the threads. In short order, you’ll learn which members know what they’re talking about and which ones are “repeaters”. Repeaters are the ones who read something somewhere and can’t wait to simply regurgitate what they read when responding to someone’s post. Repeaters don’t know much more than you do but they want you and everyone else to think they do.

I’m not advocating that you avoid Facebook cichlid groups but rather letting you know that starting with such groups is risky. How do I know? I’m a member of almost all of the cichlid groups…and I see this everyday.


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