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Re: Algal Turf Scrubber
On Mon, 20 Mar 2000, D. Martin Moore wrote:
> It is NOT generally true that the algae in an ATS system will
> compete with your plants for nutrients. The reverse is somewhat
> more accurate.
I have a tough time imagining how the plants can complete with the algae
without the algae also competing with the plants. It takes two to make a
> If you want a pristine, sterile-looking tank then ATS is not the way to
> go, but for a natural system it is, to me, the filter of choice. The
> ability of this filter to enhance water quality is simply amazing.
Plants by themselves do a fabulous job on water quality without extra
equipment and maintenance. Algal scrubbers may be great for a non-planted
tank but they don't do anything for a planted tank that the plants
themselves can't do.
> For more info, try www.inlandaquatics.com . That's a marine facility
> primarily, but they also have planted FW tanks there using ATS which are
The vendor is a biased source of information.