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NO3, PO4 and Algae

Not to belabor an already belabored point, but in this month's Aqua Journal ADA once again mentions NO3 and PO4 cause algae and they go on to tell which substance contributes to which type of algae. I know most everyone on this forum doesn't agree with that stance, but when a company whose existence is based on successfully selling high end aquarium products by offering a successful system then it causes me to take notice. For them to sell and promote a system that would be doomed to failure because of dying, starved, algae ridden plants doesn't make sense.

Yet we see examples of successful tanks run both ways. At this point I've kind of forgotten my reason for posting this thread, lol. Here's the link to the article I was mentioning.

NATURE AQUARIUM NOTES#9 Checking Water Quality with Pack Checker | ADA - AQUA JOURNAL

Any of the same belabored comments from the thousands of time this has been discussed would be welcome. If you just want to bash ADA start your own thead.
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Wish they would've defined what they mean by "high levels"


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I think they define high levels by anything measurable judging by tank parameters they sometimes list.
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Like all corporations ADA exists to make money. They make money by selling stuff. The stuff that makes them the most money is equipment. It can hardly be a surprise that they want to encourage us to buy each piece of equipment they sell. They sell 8 different pack checkers, so judging by their usual pricing strategy, this alone is enough to keep their corporation healthy for many years. But, unless they can convince us that we all need to use those 8 pack checkers routinely, they may not be as healthy as they wish. I will let you continue my analysis by yourself......

Pack Checker series | ADA - PRODUCT - WATER CONDITION & TERATMENT

ADA gained its reputation from Amano's superb skill at aquascaping and photographing his tanks. It didn't gain that reputation from their comprehensive knowledge about aquatic plant growing. They make a lot of very high quality stuff, and all of that stuff is superbly designed to look as great as the price makes you think it will look. But, I wouldn't assume that their general recommendations about keeping planted tanks successfully is the best.

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I don't know if they clarify whether those levels are high from the nitrogen cycle and/or food. To me there's a huge difference between that and dosing NPK in your tank.
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I don't know if they clarify whether those levels are high from the nitrogen cycle and/or food. To me there's a huge difference between that and dosing NPK in your tank.
I don't disagree. I've wondered for quite some time if they're referring to organic or at least what in my mind are organic sources of N and P derived from sources such as food, waste, etc. NO3 and PO4 aren't the problem, but are just indicative of high levels of organic waste in a tank that are a problem.
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