I will be glad to attempt to answer any questions related to reef aquaria.
HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME PRECONDITIONS AND CAVEATS!
- Each single answer – no matter how trivial – will cost a $5.00 fee. This should be transferred – in advance – to my PayPal account. A not-so-useful form (which keeps the spammers off the track a bit) of my email address is: ronshimek-at-wispwest-dot-net (and I am sure any reader will convert that into the actual address).
- When the fee is deposited in my PayPal account, I am sent notification of that transaction, along with an email address of the person depositing the fee.
- I will reply to that email address, asking the sender what is the question, and the “game” will begin. In other words, PLEASE DON”T POST THE QUESTION AS A COMMENT IN MY BLOG.
- I will answer each question to the best of my ability, but I make no guarantee that the answer is correct. Likewise, I assume neither responsibility nor liability for any changes or problems that may occur in your aquarium system as a result of your actions based on my answers. Other than specified below, there will be no refunds if you are not satisfied with the answer. As the old carnival talkers would say, “You pays your money and you takes your chances”.
I will read the question before I attempt to answer it, and if the question as sent to me has multiple parts; I will contact the questioner and point this out. The questioner may then specify which single part should be answered for their fee.
Some questions have no possible answers. For those questions, I will return the fee minus any PayPal transaction fees.
THE EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE IS: ANY QUESTION ABOUT AN ORGANISM THAT REQUIRES ME TO EITHER SPECIFICALLY OR IMPLICTLY IDENTIFY THE ORGANISM WILL NOT BE REFUNDED EVEN IF I CAN’T IDENTIFY THE ORGANISM. Such questions involve an expenditure (sometimes a significant expenditure) of time, and that is what the fee covers.
Some questions may have an “obvious” answer. For those questions, I will provide the obvious answer, no matter how simple and obvious it seems even if it is not the question the person means to ask. The moral is: READ your question – as written – carefully. Make certain you are asking what you want to ask, and do NOT assume I understand what you mean. One thing that 20 years of answering questions via email or on forums has taught me is that no two people have the same implicit assumptions. In other words, I don’t understand what you obviously mean to say.
Any single question may be discussed or explained in detail, but any additional questions will cost more $$.
I am not going to try to trick anybody into spending money by being devious or dishonest with my answers. Neither, however, am I going to provide freebies…