I wanted to throw in a curved ball this week and give you guys some food for though. This is the sort of email you won't receive from other shops which is why Aqua Essentials is different. The message is simple, when the going gets tough and you feel like pulling your hair out because you tank doesn't look right...
NEVER GIVE IN
It's really easy to chuck the towel in, you're fed up and nothing seems to be going right. You may even be embarrassed with it, it looks a state, your plants won't grow and the only thing you seem to be good at is growing algae. I've been there, I was at the place that you are and I understand how frustrating it is. But the difference is, I didn't quit. I kept going, kept experimenting trying to work out what was wrong. I researched, I asked for help and I want you to do the same.
Now this is no counselling service but what you don't realise is that you are SO CLOSE to having success with your planted aquarium, it's just around the corner in fact. The smallest change can make a HUGE difference to your planted aquarium whether it's a case of increasing your CO2 levels or maybe just reducing your lighting by one hour per day - who knows at this stage. However, once you have made that small change and turned the corner you will realise how close you were to quitting and hopefully how pleased you were that you took time to read this email, realise that I and many other experienced aquascapers were in the same boat as you once, but we pushed through and can now encourage others to do the same.
I'll leave you a quote from the famous Winston Churchill which inspired me to write this post:
"The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity. Whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem"
"Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense"