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Zero Light and Zero CO2 = Amazing Plant Growth?

on 18/4/01 3:48 pm, Aquatic Plants Digest at Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com
> the brush algae is "almost" completely gone. I've got plenty of light
> and plenty of CO2 available, but I guess I've reached a juncture here
> where things aren't quite clicking together for me. A dramatic experience
> like this ought to be telling me "something" more than I seem to be
> getting, but what? I am simply not sure which way to go at this point
> to achieve more "plant happy" conditions. Maybe they just want to grow
> when nobody is looking?  *smiles* I'd be very grateful for any insights or
> recommendations.

In a word: etiolation.

Your plants lengthened to reach for the light which used to come from the
top. I have noticed phenomenon before particularly with stem plants. If you
covered it any longer, you'd probably find them dead or dying after vainly
growing all they could on their reserves.

The blackout method is probably one of the best ways to deal with an
otherwise uncontrollable algae problem though. More important though, is to
ascertain how your tank reached such poor conditions. Otherwise the problem
will just recur over time.

Mark Pan
The best way to lose a friend is to tell him something for his own good.
James Evered