- Jan 23, 2005
defdac;14217 said:Ditto! =) I love posts by aquarists taking their time to test around and think about things. EI is bad that way since it's a one size fits all kindof method. That said I wouldn't have had a nice planted tank without it.
Well, no, not really.
EI is like using a standard for the independent variables.
You can add or delete various individual nutrients to see the effects/impacts on plants/algae easily.
You can delete out say PO4, or simply not worry about the other nutrients while testing PO4 very closely and critically.
This is because you have non limiting nutrients, so that reduces the work required and no need to test the rest of the nutrients, just PO4 as you vary it's dosage to note the effects on plant or algal growth.
That's namely what I did years ago and every so often these days.
It provides a simple rapid impact assessment/s for individual or combinations of nutrients.
Much less work than trying to dose and balance and test all 17 essential nutrients, which, truth be told, almost no one in their right mind does
I started testing what Tom said when he started writing at APD years ago because 1) all other aquarists just said "Do what I do because it have worked a hundred years" and 2) he could explain what was actually going on and the reasons why things worked or not.
Does not mean I'm right
But...... I'm closer than the guys before me.
I miss the small "hobby science"-test setups folks were doing prior though. They might not be that useful and they even might start new myths, but then again that is a fun way of learning things. Doing a method just because a great name like Tom says so is much less fun. Especially when the argument often is "because I have had a thousand tanks this way all looking great". I'd rather have a theory and a test setup than a finished "untouchable" method.[/QUOTE]
Yep, I fully agree.
I actually hate it when folks just take my word for it.
I'd rather them try it out, and see what they think.
Folks do hardly any experimentation these days, I agree there.
I feel all alone
What I hate the most?
Folks that argue and moan, criticize, but never do a single darn test themselves.
But are always more than willing to attack anything I say and demand 100% absolution and proof for every case. Such hypocrites. I know some other very well know plant folks no longer post due to this same deal. I have stopped post elsewhere due to this crap. Tired of it and it's a huge waste of my time at this point. Many expect an entire thesis in one single post as well!
Nothing is 100% in life, get the heck over it.
We can get progressively closer to 100% over time, but never attain it.
While I really laud Paul Sears and many of the others, many seem to give me credit for much of what they did. That's not right. I just added a few things and modified, tweaked the method a bit. Not really that much. Steve Dixon was the one that discovered PO4 made plants grow like made, I just thought it was high CO2/light/nutrients.
I knew my plants where growing much better than other folks, but I did not "know why", but I sure knew "how". So Steve dropped out of the hobby due to that jerk Novak, and I took up where he left off. I went back to school.
Some of the old timers have said what I did really radically changed things in the hobby and many lionized me for it, but I honestly do not feel I deserve any of that.
I just ask folks to try these things and set a test up and see what they think for themselves.
I want you folks to convince yourselves what is the most reasonable explanation for a treatment.
Don't take my word for it, I'm not Amano
Prove it to yourself.