What I'm desperately trying to do is to make people think.
If you think that Tom Barr invented EI you are wrong. It was a practice that existed before he was even born. How's that for a homegrown novel idea and a small, garden variety, celebrity status?
What ADA did was to logically develop a system that works with all the parts together. Nothing is way off balance. And yes - the system is not exactly simple, but it has been designed in such a way that you don't need to really know anything about the processes behind the scenes.
In the US we do know a lot about what happens behind the scenes. But we stick to dumping chemicals in the water. That inevitably leads to problems. It hinders the progress of the hobby. THAT is what aggravates me. Do you think that these guys know more than us in the US about the intricate processes in a planted tank? http://www.cau-aqua.net/index.php?lang=en
Your suspicion, as well as mine, is that they actually may know less. Especially if Tom runs into the playfield with his micromols per liter, lumens over seconds per angstrom, and what not other real scientific data. But there is not a single US website that can show a group of aquascapers with tanks like those above. Sad.
To try to get people to use more common sense I resort to showing pretty pictures and asking questions that have obvious answers.
And here's an ugly picture: http://entertainment.webshots.com/ph...02609000VWqAhl
It was taken from this thread: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...-viet-nam.html
Look at the mud in which these plants live. Surely in a planted tank we need to do something to manage the stuff that oozes out of it. What about completely ignoring the mud and instead start dumping chemicals in the water? ...Really?
And to answer this question:
Originally Posted by DaTrueDave
While I'm sure the levels are lower than what we dump in using the EI method, you must admit that the levels have got to be higher than your average aquarium that is not being fertilized.
They do not need to be higher than an unfertilized aquarium. Even for exotic, "hard to grow", stem plants.
1. This has publicized tests of 0 (zero) all nutrients: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooakn1rFHaY
As do all these. Zero concentrations of... everything in the water. Printed in every AquaJournal starting from issue #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0dQrSu2VSg
2. Getting closer to home. A tank right here in DFW. Ask Michael (he posts here on APC) how he fertilizes this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjZThj5YG04