- 11 Jul 2007
- Chicago, USA
Net_fisher2 said:Thanks again....Powders have been ordered...
You are right, for you the tank tells you all you need to know.
But for me, a beginner, I feel the need to test!
Aye, there's the rub. Sadly, this is the most fundamental mistake that beginners make. They feel a need, subsequently develop trust in the test kit readings and get into all sorts of trouble. Here is a typical scenario:
(step 1)A beginner observes algae-> he tests for nitrates-> the kit lies to him and tells him the nitrate content is high-> he concludes that high nitrates are causing the algae and stops dosing nitrate-> nitrate levels continue to fall causing more algae to be induced-> see step 1.
This infinite loop causes more headaches than almost anything I've seen. Feel free to test but don't fall into the trap of actually trusting your test results. You will be led down the primrose path that dalliance treads...
Testing without knowledge is more dangerous than not testing without knowledge.
Net_fisher2 said:One more question, new leaves are come out a little yellow.
Guess the ferts will see to that?
Yep, new leaves turning yellow typically are a trace element issue, most notably iron - but it could easily be a nitrogen deficiency as well. Using the dosing scheme I listed should clear that up in a few weeks.