There are a lot of so called ‘experts’ in this hobby.
There are quite a lot who are obviously quite knowledgeable and are willing to share their experiences with others – be these good or bad, they are willing to offer advice when asked and are always willing to answer questions to other fellow aquarists.
Then there are the other lot!
These are the type of people who to me are single minded. These people have an aquarium which to them is working well and therefore is the only way in which an aquarium should be run. There are many ways in which an aquarium can be run and each one is individual. What works for one may not work for another. These people quite often believe that they know it all and rather than teach/help others they prefer to tell them what to do.
Personally I will give all the time I possibly can to other people in this hobby and I hope that you do as well.
The people that are single minded quite frankly annoy me. At times they may believe that they are doing the right thing by telling others that they must do it this way or that but in my opinion they are hindering them.
There will always be times when you will know more than others and there will always be times when others will know more than you.
In the instances when you know more than others I truly hope that you will help other people in the quest for knowledge and in the instance where others know more than you then again I truly hope that you will listen to advice offered to you, act upon it and ultimately learn from it.
Remember that at some point in this hobby you did not know that much about it did you and had to learn from someone else. Now it could be your time to teach. Be pleased that you are seen as an ‘expert’ and help them as much as you can. If you do not know something then don’t be afraid to ask. Knowledgeable people will always help you as long as you listen and take action upon the information offered.