Originally Posted by jsenske
Power Sand w/ the Aqua Soil will have some real benefits for the beginner who perhaps is not as skilled/knowledgable about dosing the water column. Especially when the tank is new, water column dosing can take a pretty good eye/feel/parameter knowledge to do correctly (w/out over-dosing and getting into algae problems early on). If you know your way around the dosing, Tom's suggestion/methods obviously can work.
Yes, the PS can help, basically it has the peat and macro ferts already in there.
The required skill has very little to dose the water column, whether or not you __forget to dose__ is the real issue for many, you have to dose the water column anyway whether you use the PS or not with some things, adding 10mls of this vs adding 10 mls of this and 1/4 teaspoon fo that does not imply difficultly. If someone is going to do an ADA complete line, they tend to know and research things first.
The problem is that folks tend not to dose enough, they do not add enough plants or CO2 in the start up phase.
I've done comparisons with and without these other products.
To the best of my knowledge, I am so far the only that has even done so........
Adding PS and the other does help/does not hurt and it does work following the entire routine layed out by ADA, but much like Dupla's entire line of products which also work............some things are worthwhile all on their own, negating the need to buy the entire product line.
I look to figure out which items are helping and why, not merely assume you need it all. One method works, another method works better(as implied with fast growth rates) and cost less. Some items are not easy to find locally, or for less $, the ADA soils are one such item. A good buy.
This is a two edged sword.
On the one hand I am suggesting the ADA soils are great, and they are, but on the other hand I am critizing on the other parts of the fertilizers such as PS and the brighty series. Ferts are ferts, plants use the same things, a NO3 molecule is still a NO3 molecule no matter how you slice it. KNO3 is always going to be KNO3 whether it says ADA and cost 100X more or if it says Grant's stump remover.
Some want me to say only nice things about product lines.
If it works, great, I'll say so but if not, I'll also say so.
Like any brand name or product line, you take the good with the bad, or the items that are useful and good, and those that really don't do much.
I've found no use for PS, Penac, tourmaline, bacter, Brighty etc.
I have found glowing use for ADA soils, tanks, some glass ware though.
We know baking soda and SeaChem's alkaline buffer do the same thing.
We know SeaChem's PO4 is KH2PO4 in water pretty much.
SeaChem and ADA are both great companies, no issue there either.
You can add the baking soda and KH2PO4 or you can pay for the SeaChem line, why don't we have folks suggesting this of me, but for some reason the ADA line is different all of a sudden?
A few endorse the entire SeaChem line, I personally don't, even though I've helped them, likely have helped ADA in many ways also, I look for stuff that works. The stuff that does not or we can get cheap and have much more control over, why pay more for SeaChem or ADA brand baking soda?
Seperating the chaff from the the products that work and worth the cost is something no one seems to have done or is willing to do. Dupla folks also had this same mentality, everything Dupla must be correct. That was not that long ago, but before many folk's time, that developed PMDD and many other good routines that followed and found out what algae were caused by what.
Of course folks could have stayed the course, buying the entire german Dupla products blindly.....
I've done that actually, and now with the entire ADA line.
I can also compare the ADA line with one of our local fish stores that carries all the products. I'm doing better than they are.
Both Dupla and ADA have both said that excess nutrients in the water column cause algae, we know this is hogwash.
Then I get 200 newbies asking me questions everytime an article comes out repeating the myth.
If you do not know which components work or not, suggesting what works for you in the past is wise, but it does not imply that each item works or not or is particularly useful. Still, there are many that will buy the entire line, but in the long run, folks no longer buy heating cables, Daily dupla drops etc much. But they popularize CO2 a great deal, so somethings are here to stay.
Same with ADA, SeaChem, etc