With information at our fingertips at a constant basis, it is so easy to just hit up your social media sites or local forums to ask friends and fellow hobbyists all sorts of newbie questions. While most people are very willing to help out, there are many others that feel the new hobbyists are missing out on having to research and decipher complicated and convoluted information on their own, and we can certainly see the point behind this argument. If information is just spoon-fed to you, then you run the risk of not doubting said information and making mistakes that could have been avoided had you done proper research. Sure, this hobby is full of trial and error, but part of the growing process is being able to research and study what others have done, rather than relying on outspoken aquarists who may not know what they are talking about. We recommend that you avoid searching forums and social media for answers and pick up a book from a well-respected author. Sure, the information may not be the most up to date, but chances are it works and at least gets you thinking about the process of aquarium keeping other than replicating what your aquarium buddies do.