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Old 01/16/2015, 08:52 AM   #658
Michael Hoaster
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Your logic is sound-measure specific parameters so you know what to adjust.

Unfortunately, even accurate test results can lead you down the wrong path. Suppose I've got a bunch of algae, and I test for phosphate. The test shows no phosphate (a likely scenario, if the algae has all the phosphate bound up) Going by this test, I would conclude that I need to dose phosphate. This is an extreme and simplified example, but I can remember similar occurrences in my younger days.

So we both make good points. My disdain for tests stems from what they can't tell you. I find that my years of experience, observation, and more than a little reading, is a better guide for what I need to do.

As many naturalists and environmentalists have suggested, we should set aside our arrogance,
our desire to conquer and control everything, and walk hand in hand with Mother Nature. -Walter Adey

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