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Re: [APD] sword root tabs -- or- Poking at substrates

No apology necessary, Mark. As someone pointed out to me, *I* missunderstood the aim of Mark R's post. So hows that for irony? Anyway, we can get along without agreeing.
I will say (admit, confess, proclaim??) that it was I who suggested using root tabs was old-fashioned and that their sue did more for those selling them than for those buying them -- which is not to say that those selling them believed this and sold them anyway.
Actually, I don't really think root tabs are literally *old-fashioned*; I don't really think it's a fashion thing. I think it's *old thinking* like fear of carbon and excess concern about substrate material. I think the value of root feeding versus water column feeding is inherited from "dry" gardening, adopted into aquatic gardening based almost entirely on myth and a pinch of anecdote. There are a few exceptions but none that have been pointed out in the current general discussion. Folks disagree -- which would be the case if one or more of us were wrong ;-)
It's not like I think I am so hip, so now, so today. I'm about as hip reruns of Leave It To Beaver. But when I think something is more dogmatic than pragmatic, I jsut might say so, which might be dogmatic or pragmatic, depending on your point of view.

----- Original Message ----
From: Mark R <oldsan at gmail_com>
To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 9:47:09 AM
Subject: Re: [APD] sword root tabs -- or- Poking at substrates

Yeah, well my point was just that fashion changes quickly in this hobby. The
implication of an earlier message was that someone who still fertilizes the
substrate is hopelessly lost in the past.
Anyway, apologies to the entirely un-pseudonymonous S. Hieber. My post
sounded more personal that I had intended.

On 7/28/06, S. Hieber <shieber at yahoo_com> wrote:
> Nail on the head, Jerry. Submerged, nutirents can be all around but CO2
> can be hard to find. In the air, CO2 is plentiful but ya gotta dig deep for
> the other stuff. Two very diff situations from a feeding standpoint.
> I think perhaps the somewhat psuedonymonous Mark R was suggesting that I
> would be inconsistent in my views. To assume he meant otherwise would mean
> that got me remarks completely backwards.
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