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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #163
> Uh, then were do the nutrients come from to grow the algae? If the
> algae are using these to grow then the plants are
> using.........something else? Perhaps in the substrate....were the
> algae can't get at them but foliar feeding of plants and algae compete
> for the same nutrients most of the time. When conditions are right for
> plants, they will prevail and when they are not they won't and the
> algae will. The trick is to make an environment that is great for
> algae and bad for plants AND the tank should be bad for algae and
> great for plants........ all in one system.
My intended point was that the vascular plants will outcompete the
algae for nutrients. Sorry if that was not clear.
"Cry to it, nuncle. as the cockney did to the eels when she put
'em i' the paste alive; she knapped 'em o' the coxcombs with a
stick, and cried 'Down wantons, down!'"