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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 25, Issue 55

Liz Wilhite wrote:
>  As a matter of fact, that is true. It is a waste of time to make exact 
> measurements of flour, or liquids or eggs or herbs or.... Recipes are rarely 
> followed exactly by good cooks, mostly because of the variables involved. An 
> experienced cook knows they are ballpark figures and pays attention to the 
> appearance, taste and texture to create a great dish. The point is enjoying 
> the food, not how exact the rule of thumb is that gets you to the food. I 
> think of food recipes about the same way I think of wpg, CO2 and nutrients.

The whole point of a recipe, whether in food or in planted tanks, is to 
have a guide which can be followed with a predictable result. With a 
good recipe, it is not possible to follow the directions accurately and 
end up with an unpredictable result. Some people here seem to be saying 
just that.

I am asking if a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, would it not be better 
to measure the flour in grams? What if we discover that we can gain more 
predictability by specifying the amount of flour in grams rather than 
cups? That's the whole point. I don't know how to make it more clear. 
Maybe I would find out that it's not any better, but that's something 
that cannot be known until it is tried. It cannot be learned from 

Either I am misunderstanding, or some appear to be saying that there is 
no point in trying to gain predictability because the predictability we 
have is good enough. If that's the case, why do we discuss planted tanks 
at all? I mean, we already know exactly how to accomplish everything we 
want, right?

Jerry Baker
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