And how does ADA run their tanks?
Simplified: Lean water column WITH a daily dose of fertilizers AND rich substrate that is active in the sequestering of nutrients.
Can anyone here tell me why in America these basic principles are not followed?
Why we marvel at the (same old) Japanese aquascape copy-cats and try to emulate them but do not emulate HOW they are maintained?
We love to use calculators and tests and what not fertilizers. Of course things will get accumulated if you add excessive amounts. Water changes do not take care of the accumulations because the rate of use by the plants is dynamic, there are tons of dynamic physico-chemical processes going on in the tank, etc.
At the end of the day in the US the average hobbyist checks about 8 parameters, adds about 6 fertilziers, changes water as if that's some kind of magic and believes that is right.
The result is beautiful aquascapes, AGA contest full of non-recycled ADA tanks, and an active community that discusses everything else but aquascaping.
And since for some people what I said above may not be clearly connected to the thread topic - "High nutrients promote algae growth and are toxic to aquatic life" here's a final food for thought:
- Where in Nature can you find a body of water that has Nitrate 5-20, Phosphate 0.5-2.0, 30ppm CO2, and loads of traces?
- Would that be considered "polluted" water?
- How stable would be a tank with the above parameters?
- How easy would be to eradicate budding algae in such a tank?
- Why do I believe that a glass box is something so different than Nature that I have to artificially create a completely unnatural environment in it so live plants grow in it? Feel free to call me "stupid" if you do think I am.
Good night. Sweet dreams now