sorry about your lung damageModerator hat on: If anyone insults another member or trolls, I'll be the first to send them on their way. Please do not troll - especially about something as hokey as this. Won't even wait for input from the rest of the moderation team. I get that it sucks to have a bunch of people pile on to point out you're... mistaken. But don't lash at out people who are offering input in a friendly and professional manner. Your snide remarks toward Greggz and others are not welcome. Now let me take off my moderator hat and respond...
Full disclosure: I think Novak causes more harm than good because I moderate a large forum and read thousands of posts per week. Frequently have to read about the harm and confusion his hokey shtick causes with newcomers. Probably 2-3 times a month for the last decade. So I automatically roll my eyes and dismiss anything from him as unworthy of consideration. Much like he dismisses anyone in the comments who dares question him. I won't even begin to wade into his credentials but something doesn't smell right on that front, to say the least.
The international space station experiment is not remotely like anything you're doing in the planted tank hobby. I'll let what others have already said speak for itself on that matter.
Plenty of people keep planted tanks with tons of livestock. I'm one of them. We frequently have to add nitrates in order to grow plants. Even in tanks with tons of critters.
We know what CEC is.
Plenty of people here use undergravel filtration systems - mostly shrimpkeepers who want water to move through active/buffering substrates to facilitate more stable water parameters.
Any member of the forum is welcome to chime in on any discussion taking place on this forum if they have access. It's for discussion. They're free to discuss things, constructive or not.
Pretty sure the sulphur reactor bit is confusing you. Google how it works. I don't have the energy to explain it further because this is a massive drain.
Pseudoscience isn't unproven science. (Unproven science = theory.) Pseudoscience = beliefs or practices misconstrued as being based on science and the scientific method when they're not. Novak's theory, at this point, is just that. He hasn't proved it. That's fine. Just don't present it as being based in scientific fact. Cause when you do that? It's pseudoscience.
I'm all for trying new things when it comes to planted tanks. (Recent example here and here. Because doing stuff like this can be fun.) Pretty sure everyone here is. I'll try almost anything that's reasonably within reach. But a good rule of thumb: If something truly works? It gets picked up quickly in hobbies like this. There's a reason Novak's stuff hasn't been picked up in the decades he's been going on about it: it doesn't work as he claims. What works well is what gets widely accepted and picked up by most people in the hobby. So when it works and can be duplicated? Let us know. I won't be holding my breath - and not just because I have lung damage from COVID.
I always get a kick out of reading stuff like this. Makes my weekly water change (which accomplishes more than merely removing waste) seem like less of a hassle. Makes growing plants in boxes of water seem more relaxing - just like I like it.