Thank you. That's been my view as well. I don't mean to pick on Hoppy or anyone else in this thread or overlook the fact that many newer people have problems. The point is that based on my experience, things like this are a diversion and should not be relied upon for success. Knowledge and application of the fundamentals is.
Did anyone say that is algae TREATMENT should be "relied upon for success"? The way I see it, as TexGal and others have stressed, that algae DOES and WILL happen even in the best managed tanks. Now, for beginners especially, algae is more likely to occur because they are still learning! You cannot simply grasp everything about planted aquariums overnight. People get into this hobby thinking that growing aquatic plants shouldn't be that hard....all of us were probably once there. Next thing we know, we have algae. I had algae....for some types of algae you need a way to treat it, and then need a way to prevent it from coming back. We learn from our mistakes and we begin to have less and less algae problems as time goes on. I don't have algae in my tanks now, because of all I have learned.
If some nasty algae returns, like Clado, what do it do? It is not just as simple as "getting things right" and it will just go away quickly. For some algae, yes, correcting things will help them go away, but other types of algae will not go away for a long time. Who has that kind of patience? I have had to tear up foregrounds of glosso and HC because of this S&$t that I spend months maturing. Nothing would kill it and manually removing it was next to impossible. If this method turns out to be a treatment for this type of algae, then what is the problem? If I dont have to throw away months of growth and work, then I'm all for this! Keep up the work Hoppy (if its even worth mentioning him now) and TexGal! "Some" of us appreciate your effort in this and ingenuity to answer some unknown questions.
This is just like maintaining anything else....like your house, car, lawn mower....If you let things go, problems will occur and you need a "fix". Sure, the best thing to do is wash your car every day, paint your house every year, and change your oil every month, but we are not all perfect and forget to do things some times.