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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #191

Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 09:34:37 -0800
From: "Rubin, Michael" <mrubin at visa_com>
Subject: time to tweak the tank

> I have a freind who would tell you the AquaClear you just removed would be
> sufficient by itself! 

The mini?

> You don't need more than 4 water changes per hour.

Ah, that is what I wanted to hear!! 

> Usually the kind of detritus you describe comes from disturbing the
> substrate during a replanting - or removal.  You won't hurt anything by
> vacuuming it up.

I think this is powder form te driftwood?
> You need to understand what your plants require, and you won't do this by
> throwing stuff into it willy-nilly. 

I am looking for guidlines here. I don't expect to know it instantly. I
am not gonna get involved in micromanaging a tank, no way, so I sorta
have to try and watch and check my best guess wiht ppl who know more.
This seems like a good place for that.

> Save the money you're about to spend on
> a new timer, filter, airpump and airstone and join the local aquatic plant
> group instead. 

Have the timer, it was a gift.  Have about 10 spare air pumps. Have air
stones running out my ears. Not planning on a canister anytime soon.

don't have twenty bucks. Local plant society doesn't take drop-in
guests. They are just going to have to wait until I am solvent.

> You'll benefit in the short run as well as in the long run!

But my dentist and podiatrist won't.