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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 25, Issue 50

i totally agree. i just want to grow plants so big that one day i'll 
have to ask myself. "Did that plant eat my cat?"

Vaughn Hopkins wrote:

>It looks to me like you can enjoy this hobby in many different ways.  
>If you like tinkering, "inventing", making your own equipment, you can 
>enjoy that activity, as I do.  If you enjoy aquascaping, making the 
>artistically "perfect" arrangement of plants, rocks, wood and fish, you 
>can enjoy doing it that way.  And, if you have a scientific bent, and 
>enjoy research, you can buy lots of meters, gages, test kits, etc. and 
>enjoy that part.  I don't see any of those approaches being superior, 
>but just different ways of finding enjoyment in a hobby.  Tom Barr is 
>unique in having many years of experience, both at his job and at this 
>hobby, and, as a result, offers information that I haven't seen 
>anywhere else.  His approach may not appeal to everyone, and it 
>doesn't, in fact, but the information he provides is certainly very 
>helpful to everyone.  Now, as to light levels, I really would like to 
>see more empirical data on the effect of light on plant health and 
>growth, and an improvement to the watts per gallon standard would be 
>very interesting indeed.  (Not that I would necessarily change anything 
>as a result.)
>Vaughn H.
>On Sunday, September 18, 2005, at 09:42 PM, Liz Wilhite wrote:
>>On 9/18/05, Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz> wrote:
>>>. There is a definitive answer on the minimum
>>>light required, or the most PAR per dollar/watt, and just about any
>>>other topic involving a result that can be measured empirically. Just
>>>because we don't know the answer yet doesn't mean there isn't one.
>> There is a definitive answer for every combination of CO2 level, pH,
>>nutrient level and species of plant. That's thousands of definitive 
>>each equally valid. I've done enough years of research in a lab to walk
>>gingerly around the edges of that size problem space.
>> I suspect the real reason the pursuit of the ultimate in fine grained
>>knowledge doesn't interest a lot of people is that the beauty of a 
>>tank has almost nothing at all to do with the rate of plant growth, 
>>more to do with basic health, fauna, artistry, color and texture,
>>preferences of growth habit and design. It's not that no one cares, 
>>its just
>>that it is not necessary to enjoy the hobby for most people.
>> Liz
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