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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V6 #147


       I dont know that what your lfs is doing goes against the knowledge 
base of the list. What many people look for is nutrient balance. It is easier 
for a beginner to get decent results by adding CO2 that it is to run a nice 
non-CO2 tank. CO2 with moderate light levels can be more forgiving than a 
high light/CO2 or any non - CO2 tank. Leave it to our Plant Buddha Tom to 
show us the middle path without pointing in any direction.


> Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 20:42:30 -0500
> From: Kirk Melton <triax at bellsouth_net>
> Subject: LFS vs APD wisdom
> Hi all...  there is  a local fish store near where I live that preaches a 
> lot of stuff  regarding plant care.  A lot of what they preach is NOT in 
> line with what I have read on the internet and on APD.  All of their 
> display tanks (as well as the ones they sell out of) have conventional 
> powerhead driven UGFs, have plenty of surface agitation due to bubbles 
> rising, have compact fluorescent lighting (not against APD wisdom), no 
> gravel supplementations,  and NO CO2 injection.  The growth is always lush, 
> and well kept.  They have a variety of plants growing on rocks and 
> driftwood, as well as amazon swords which constantly bloom, the most 
> beautiful crypt balansae I have seen, a carpet of microswords, some 
> beautiful red melon swords, and many others.  And, no, I don't think they 
> are changing out the plants every few weeks.  This is  an old established 
> tank - but, they just broke it down and re-did it about 6 months ago.  I 
> was in the store today and the assistant manager was telling a woman there 
> who could not get plants to grow in her tank to buy an airpump and stone to 
> put aerate the water, which would stimulate plant growth -- the asst. 
> manager has been there for over 8 years now, and this store has been in 
> business for over 20, and the owner preaches the same thing -- UGF and 
> plenty of aeration for plant growth.  They DO add Flourish and Flourish 
> Trace & Iron a few times a week to all tanks.  Why is this working for 
> them, but it would never work for me?  I have to inject CO2 and keep my 
> water surface virtually still to get results.  What's the rationale for 
> these suggestions by the LFS?  I almost jumped out of my skin when she was 
> telling the customer to do this.

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