Magic or openness to new opportunities for the marine aquarium?
Experiences and observations with magnetically treated water
When I first became aware of the presumed miraculous effect of magnetically treated water on vegetable and animal organisms, I remained quite sceptical. Especially in a period when esotericists, searchers of mysterious rays, healers, dispensers of horoscopes and others “self-proclaimed” propagators were and still are very widespread. These speeches cannot but be hair-raising for a natural researcher with deep dialectic-materialistic beliefs. When however I happened to get my hands on number 33 of the magazine raum & zeit (space and time) of 1988, with an article by Dr. Kronenberg, and after a short time I learnt about a group of engineers who were dealing with the development and realization of a device for the treatment of water, my interest awakened. The basic principle of such equipment (AQUA-PERL) consisted in running the tap water in synthetic tubing through an electromagnetic field (pulses and electronic frequencies). At the time of the first contact establishment the knowledge of this team and Theo Dori were aimed at the effects of calcium in water and its deposit along the tubing as well as at the observations on garden cultures. However no further observations were made, other than the casual finding that, after the installation of the device in the hydric plant of a common house, the plants of the aquarium grew better.
The first tests in the garden
To carry out more in-depth tests on the phenomenon in aquarium conditions, I was given two test devices. Since that moment I hadn’t yet well understood the connections between the physical relations and the mechanism that caused such effects. For this reason I first avoided using as “guinea pig” the over 4.500 living beings I was assigned as director of the Aquarium of Erfurt, and subjecting them to a non-calculated risk. However, as an experienced farm man and a hobbyist gardener, I was less scrupulous and tested the effects of treated water first on the plants of my garden and house. The results surprised me in a positive way. What I first noticed was the strongly reduced surface tension of the treated water. The orchids and the mosses got wet more quickly and deeply than before. As a consequence, if fungicides are used in the treated water, the latter once sprayed on the leaves will wet them in a homogeneous and therefore more effective way.
Tests in the freshwater aquarium
After these results I prepared to use the treated water, with three 40% water changes, even in my neglected personal aquarium of rainbow fishes. The plants literally “exploded” within a couple of weeks, a real sea of sprouts, and even the colours of the fishes were shining with a splendour never observed before. My “veterans” of over ten years even re-started to be interested in the reproduction activities. After having installed a small device in the hydric plant of the Aquarium of Erfurt, similar results were found although to a limited extent. In the tap water, in fact, with a hardness between 30 and 35° dH and a pH value between 7,5 and 8,5, the chlorosis (mainly phenomena of iron lack) often occurred even in presence of abundant fertilisation. Today even in the tanks without CO2 dosage the chlorosis no longer represents a problem. The physical alterations of the water modify the crystalline reticulum, as explained further below, and even the iron ions are therefore in a form more effectively absorbable by the plants. At least optically, the use of treated water results as positive even on terrarium plants. For economical reasons the plants of our terrarium of caimans are nebulised with tap water. The result in the past was the appearance of big and horrible calcareous spots on the leaves. These, after the use of the equipment, increasingly melted and today, after the irrigation, only an almost unperceivable ring remains which is completely rewashed with the following nebulization.
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