don't mind the little things, when one's self is aged over 50 who cares!
My title says "Planted Tank Guru" which I feel should say "Novice Grower" or "LED Pirate" or "Basement Chemist" or "Really BAD Arduino Programmer".
We can only provide advice on our experiences that have provided success and steer people away from things that have provided trouble or failure.
If it were a perfect world and everyone started with RODI water with a TDS of "0" a more level playing field would exist for better advice.
That is not the case @ all. Most everyone's water is very different.
Ever had that thread from hell where you ask a troubled individual a million questions trying to help them?
The post count gets over 60 and all of a sudden the path of enlightenment is found!
Some very important detail in the beginning was a typo, testing the wrong water, spilled whiskey in the tank, and so on.
My philosophy, do as I say not as I do.
I test many theories, measurements, dosing, etc...
Always feared someone will follow the path I'm posting about, trash everything in their tank and bash me for the next 6 months.
Not that I would really care and I seriously doubt my feelings would be hurt but still.
It's not like I told them to do it, they made a choice, full consent of their own free will.
Our own Tanks:
We will all have ups and downs.
My third algae bonanza in my 80G tank since the substrate change.
Am I trying "new" stuff to fix it, heck no.
Back to basics, changing more water, extra trimming, swapping Poret foam more frequently, removing some of the density for better flow etc...
Thing are coming around, not as fast as I'd like but Rome was not built in a day!
Really Growing Plants (not phish)
Tough road, too many species, water quality, fert recipes, lighting (PAR), trimming, alkalinity, hardness, substrate.
There is a lot to balance here.
Just some of my thoughts to share!