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> On a final note I've decided to try CO2 on that scratched 20 gallon tank to
> see whether it will fix the scratches! After all, glass is but a liquid and
> we now know that if you have a problem, "turn up the CO2" VB :-) I've gotta
> frame Tom's "Car" analogy for regulating growing factors in our planted
> tanks. It's priceless and right on the mark! Keep telling them, maybe
> they'll listen.
> Gary Lange
Well it's easier than adding PO4 resins/ using RO/DI/bugging about about all
kinds of stuff, namely algae and wanting fast plant growth of sensitive
species. If your a little bit more "hands off", want slower growth, don't
care to have all kinds of species, have more patience non CO2 tanks can be
done and yes, even in rock hard waters. The results are impressive, much
more than folks think. If you look through older books and see older tanks
you will see a fair amount of planted tanks. None of them used CO2.....
Many wrongly assumed that the tank was "just set up" or "recently planted"
but many are long term balanced tanks. The use of FL's was a big requirement
but incadescents could also be used.
But most here like to drive fast.... not slow:)
Cars in the "old days" only went so fast. Lasted a long time too. Low
maintenance between tune ups.
Americans are a cheap lot also. So they want a cheap & fast car. Kind of
dangerous combination perhaps. Okay if you use high octane CO2 fuel (if you
burn gasoline you'll get CO2 ironically). As with many things it pays to do
it right from the start. Don't buy that cheap junker. "Come on down to Big
Al's car/plant lot for a "special deal" for you."