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[APD] Chelating Agents
Guys there has been a lot of talk about chelation lately, not that
anyone really cares what I say, but I think we're missing the mark here.
Chelating iron is still controversial in terrestrial plants, let alone
aquatic environments. They aren't magic compounds that do all sorts of
wonderous things, and despite most of us having strong science
backgrounds none of us are experts on iron transport in aquatic
environments. I don't even think Tom has looked as these chemistries in
much detail, his livelyhood is in this area. In other words I think
we're fooling ourselves if we think we understand any of this - the
devil is in the details, all the factors that effect iron availability
are way too complicated to distill into some amateur theory - there is
pH, dissolved oxygen levels, substrate interaction, humic compound
interactions, and on and on, and lastly chelation. Iron is involved in
all sorts of very complex equilbria, even without a chelating agent, I
don't think this discussion is helpful or relevant.
The reason I mention this as that I don't think it matters, the problems
people are seeing are likely light and CO2, in some case macronutrients,
in even fewer cases problems with traces unless they are not adding
enough. This is the important point - Until someone actually does a
controlled experiment, all of this discussion is worthless - its too
complex to theorize. Wu from the DFW club now is switching the iron
sulphate, no chelating agent and I would not be suprised if he reports
absolutely no change in his tanks, I'm eagerly awaiting his results.
Light spectrum, substrate heating, substrate composition, trace element
mix, I don't think that any of what I just mentions matters at all.
Making a big deal of out stuff like this because we think we know what
we're talking about,
1) scares newbies away and removes the focus from the important issues,
light and CO2, secondly macros, thirdly and lastly, stuff like trace mixes
2) discourages experimentation because people think you need to do it a
certain way, because XYZ who posts an awful lot said so. So much of our
hobby is based on bunk info that got printed once and then re-cited
through the years... (see the dump-and-squirt method of acclimation for
an example of this, phosphate causes algae, etc) Do the experiments!
Have fun! There is no one way.
K.I.S.S., Occam's Razor, Bayesian Inference, it has many names but lets
not make it overly complex without the facts to back it up. :)
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