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Re: best way for beginners
>>>>> Steve Pushak <teban at powersonic_bc.ca> (here: "SP"),
>>>>> on Thu, 24 Sep 1998 02:44:15 -0700,
>>>>> pondered the meaning of life, then wrote down:
SP> I think the best way for beginners to start is to follow the
SP> instructions for a single method precisely and use whatever equipment
SP> and fertilizers are recommended for that method. This does NOT
SP> necessarily mean starting off with high lighting. You are MUCH better
SP> off to start with moderate lighting, 2 watts/gal than say +4 watts/gal.
Perfectly sensible, Steve, but it only works if you happen to know (or read)
that they need to find a method. If you don't, how would you guess that you
can't ignore CO2 injection when you have tons of light and a rich substrate?
An advanced gardener (not me) could do it by choosing the right plants,
planning appropriate water changes, etc. But a beginner?
With all the marketing for products and additives and our own out-of-context
discussions about PMDD, CO2 injection and substrates, how does a new aquatic
1) The different proven methods used by others.
2) What is a reasonable variation on a method and what is not.
3) The relative value and interdependence of the elements of each method.
Anyone that has been reading this list for a while might know where to find
this information in the archives and in individuals' web pages, but there
isn't an organized and summarized list of these methods anywhere that a
beginner will easily find and use to contrast and compare. The closest thing
I can find that is not in the archives is deep in Erik Olson's webpages, a
bit hard to find, but easier than searching the archives when you don't know
what you're looking for:
A lot of the people on this list have done a fantastic job of explaining
their setups and upkeep in their webpages and others have done the same on
this list (now in the archives). A beginner will have a hard time finding
these, however, and a harder time comparing and chosing what's right for
them. Can we at least compile a list of these methods?
Carlos E. Munoz
<cmunoz at crystal_cirrus.com>