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We’re frequently asked to provide ‘simple’ answers to complex questions.

When we speak about  ‘complex’ questions, we’re referring to those that require consideration of several factors in the formulation of answers.  Common examples include:

  • How much aeration do I need?
  • What size pump should I buy?
  • How many fish can I stock in my system?

The fact is that many factors will need to be considered when formulating a response that is appropriate to your circumstances…so there is no simple answer to any of these questions.  

Our only possible response, in the absence of much more circumstantial information, is one of…Enough!  

Enough aeration to provide oxygen to the fish, plants and microorganisms that facilitate iAVs. Enough pumping capacity to manage water quality and to irrigate the plants.  Enough fish to nourish the plants.

To respond to these (and many other similar) questions in any really useful way would require the following information

Having all of this information to hand is one solution to simple questions in complex situations…but is it the best one?

So …to questions such as with this example, I recommend that the petitioner investigate (learn) what the applicable factors influencing your decision are, to accurately assess your personal circumstance/situation in context, and then act accordingly to that need. 
I cannot know the many details of your unique situation and I have no personal obligation to learn/list them and/or pry-out the specific influential criteria in your situation and then do the necessary calculations for anyone. 
Not to mention, that just ‘giving’ an answer (guaranteed to be inappropriate), does not allow someone to learn what it is that they need to know.
If you have a need to know something, its up to you to learn what the relevant factors are in making an informed decision that will be appropriate to addressing your need. 
Presuming literacy and numeracy, ‘Google’ is your friend to learn what you need to know and then know what to do to address meeting your goal.  I cannot and should not be expected to do that for you (anyone).
Your mind is your survival tool.  Employ it purposefully.  The only person responsible for your every action and therefore outcome is you.  Learn > Act > Grow  !!    Learn more > Act from understanding > Grow further !!     Repeat, repeat, repeatedly.
Mark R McMurtry PhD.
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