The Planted Tank Forum has a consumer rating of 1.3 stars from 10 reviews indicating that most customers are generally dissatisfied with their purchases. The Planted Tank Forum ranks 18th among Aquariums sites.
This is another informative site about aquariums. This site has good advice about aquatic plants and fish.
I have cognitive disabilities and made a post asking for help on how to navigate the site. The moderator contacted me and was really nasty. Saying I needed it to read what was right in front of me and to put in some effort before complaining. I responded by asking them not to be rude and if they could please show me where I can find the information they were referencing. They permanently suspended my account for "harassing the moderator" and "excessive whining". It absolutely broke my heart because I was just trying to connect with other people in the hobby and they effectively called me a stupid whiner. Completely cruel and aggressive.
I have cognitive disabilities and made a post asking for help on how to navigate the site. The moderator contacted me and was really nasty. Saying I needed it to read what was right in front of me and to put in some effort before complaining. I responded by asking them not to be rude and if they could please show me where I can find the information they were referencing. They permanently suspended my account for "harassing the moderator" and "excessive whining". It absolutely broke my heart because I was just trying to connect with other people in the hobby and they effectively called me a stupid whiner.
Completely cruel and aggressive.
Tip for consumers:
Don't use it. If you ask any questions or have confusion about anything the moderator will insinuate that you're stupid and insult you by calling you a whiner and a complainer without providing any assistance and then block your account if you ask for help again.
It is a fish tank enthusiast forum there is no purchasing except within the community so this is not applicable.
Like many others have posted, the moderator SomeWhatShocked is a childish, power trippin' moderator. I have never experienced such bullying on a forum. This person must not have any real power in the real world and continues to take it out on forum members. I was some what shocked to see somewhatshocked mentioned so many times on Google search for doing these unjustified bans. Don't sign up for this forum. It's a toxic community,
Tip for consumers:
Steer clear of the moderator that goes by the name of somewhatshocked.
This one mod on the site picks fights with random people and banned them.
I was banned for life referencing an call to an Indian call center saying a UPS was not allowed for any aquarium equipment including an air pump.
I do not know if the site owners know about him or why he is allowed to continue doing this.
Really not sure what I did. I posted in a thread I think talking about lighting? Banned for a few days. Appealed it. Permabanned and told, "go elsewhere kid"... uhh what?
I was having a perfectly normal discussion with someone who was advocating dirted sand caps until their moderator somewhatshocked waded in by saying he didn't agree with something because he thought it might be misconstrued by a newbie. Then I replied that discussions and options are healthy and people are smart enough to figure out what they want. Next thing I knew I was no longer allowed to reply or post anything. But posts by other people who agree with him that certain things should not be discussed or prevented were allowed to post. I get the feeling the site is getting more and more heavily policed and censored until you can't have a normal discussion anymore without fear of getting chastised and booted off.
There is a mod on there named somewhatshocked. They are on a power trip and ban anyone that stands up against criticism and calling him out for being wrong. He will stalk any site you link across any page and look for dumb reasons to ban.
I am a paying customer, they charged me double and this guy banned me a week later and it never told me why or have an idea. Good site for information but DO NOT pay them or talk to this guy. He will take your money and kick you out. 5 of my friends were banned for calling him out.
The site is run by an oppressive person that likes to block people for no reason. It's important we unite to keep such people out of positions that can keep us from being free from such abuse.
Received a nasty message from one of the Moderators, somewhatshocked, and received a ban because I questioned his tone and asked to speak to an Administrator because I believe the mod was overstepping their bounds and holding their power over your head when you ask for them to explain or apologize for being rude. If you Google that users name you will see countless posts on other forums of others banned by this mod or felt that they needed to leave for wrong doing by the forum. I've been a member for almost 10 years and this new guy feels the need to go on power trips and ban people for saying that he needs to watch how he talks to people.
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