tom Barr's Estimative Index
Sometime back I was reading Tom Barr's Report on "Estimative Index".
It is quite an interesting artcile. In a nutshell this is what he suggests
for a 20G planted tank with pressurised CO2 injection:-
- KNO3 - 1/4th of a teaspoon
- KH2PO4 - 1/32th of a teaspoon
- Trace Elements - 5 ml per dosage
- Seachem Equilibrium during weekly water change
- Weekly water change of 50%
Now, KNO3 & KH2PO4 is be dosed on Day 1 followed by Trace Elements
on Day2 and then repeat the process. On the day of water change, only KNO3 & KH2PO4 to be dosed along with Seachem's Equilibrium.
Now what I would like to know is that has anybody tried out this mode of
dosing? If yes what was the result? He also says that in this way
there is NO NEED for test kits! What Tom Barr suggests seems to be diametrically opposite to what is generally felt right. For eg:- he maintains that "excess Phospate doesn't lead to algae bloom".
What are the comments of experts (planted tanks) on his theory?