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> > 2. Despite this fact, marketing of barley straw products,
> particularly in the
> > pond industry, has become common and has many proponents.
> (would like to
> > hear form some actual pond hobbysists opinions who have used
> this. It would
> > be interesting to find how many say it is bunk)...my next task at hand<<
Much of it's popularity comes from articles and studies such as this:
which is an article by: Bryan Butler, Faculty Assistant, Carroll Cooperative
Extension Service, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.
And this detailed study, (in PDF) http://www.aquabotanic.com/straw.PDF
done in England. How this translates into aquarium use is debateable, and I
will leave that to those who have an interest in it.
Robert Paul Hudson
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