LOL. Huge algae outbreak. Thats suspect to a debate so lets not do that...lol.
Well, the ratio stuff can really be used to start fine tuning, or if you have a tank of slow growers, it may not need as much ferts (such as a tank of anubias and java fern), where as a full stem plant tank with floaters and stuff could just soak up the nutrients like mad. This is a feel thing IMHO and if you start off right on the mark, with the suggested levels, you going to be go ok.
Listen, put light on a tank, the plants are going to grow. All your doing is providing CO2, and ferts to sustain good healthy growth. There is no strict rules to follow, only guidance. At the end of the day, its just you, the plants, a bunch of water and a bunch of "stuff".
Start off, give it a whirl for a while and do small measured experiments. See what does what... If your into stability, GOOD! Thats what you need. Small changes over periods of time. You may not see any change, you may see colors on the plants change...its all out there for you to play with really.
Enjoy and have fun!!
And last but not least... Don't be afraid of algae. Its out there, its going to get you at some point like it does everyone. Be patient, keep track of what you are doing and you can make changes to try and "moderate" it.
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