I have not seen Tom put much interest on bacteria.
Well, I would like to read more from Frank than debating about this.
He also focuses on good oxygenation and maintenance habits as well as watching your tank and adjusting different levels as needed. The most successful planted tank keepers (and tank keepers in general) are simply the ones that adapt to what is occurring in their tanks and do the required maintenance work. I think that's what Tom/Frank are getting at on a basic level but I could be wrong.