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Re: Top-off water / "Ecology of Planted Aquarium"

Apart from the "too pure" water problems I have been having, hardwater 
nutrient wise, now well on the mend with thanks to those helping me out, I 
endorse this approach; look up http://www.users.uswest.net/~laren/ for Larry 
Miracle's aquariums using it.

There are a few things I would do differently next time - I used a very rich 
organic potting mix, next time I would try "soil soup", see 
http://wwww.actwin.com/fish/aquatic-plants/month.9712/msg00194.html, with a 
smaller particle size, some clay in it, and a bit less organic matter; see 
also http://www.actwin.com/fish/aquatic-plants/month.9712/msg00224.html

Also, the more sunlight access the better!  My tanks get a bit of late 
afternoon sun if the weather cooperates, the more sun, the better the plants 

Good luck,