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Re: [APD] Re: dirt and the No CO2 tank

Mixing and matching methids can lead to trouble sometimes
but I've had tanks without added CO2 with 50% weekly water
changes and added ferts and traces and need, oh, maybe
twice a year cleanings of the glass for dust algae. This
six-of-one-half-dozen-of-the-other "method" won't work for
everyone any more than any other "method" will work well
for everyone. Ther are so many factors involved. But it's
not hard to find somehting that works well and jsut about
any of the various methods can work well if you are
diligient about them and ensure that you have enough

Dirt is another way to add nutrients and fish food yet
another. I would cringe at the thought that anyone said
that one ought to use one method rather than another or
that one method is *better* than another -- so much depends
on personal work habits and preferences and goals, etc. 

Kasselmann menitoned that loam tanks poop out, so to speak,
after about a year. Dirt tanks can be a pain if you like to
aquascape and have a variety of plants in one tank and
don't want on plant taking over and don't want your
aquascape to look like a holding tank for potted plants.
But aquascaping tends to be higher maintenance in general

Try what interests you and see what works best for you. You
might find you like several diff methods. Experiment a bit
with smaller tanks if you have the time and the notion.
Afterall, it's not a TV, it's a hobby :-)

Have plants, have fun,
Scott H.

--- Tom Wood <tomwood2 at flash_net> wrote:
> BD: "I corresponded with Ms. Walstad both on her forum at
> AB and 
> personally, and she was fairly adamant that fish food,
> even to excess, was 
> better than dosing, and she was quite adamant about
> that."
> SH: "Walstad said the last AGA convention, that she too
> adds ferts for the 
> more ravenous eaters like swords."
> Maybe not so adamant after all. Walstad has also
> acknowledged on the AB 
> forums that plants can get what they need from the water
> column. So, um, 
> what would the dirt be doing then?
> SH: "Ms. Kasselmann, who spoke at the NEC convention
> earlier this month, 
> described a version of "dirt tank" (my term, not hers)
> using loam. She, 
> too, said that after a period, ferts will need to be
> added. When and how 
> much depends on the loam and the kinds of plants, of
> course."
> Of course. :-/
> I think there's something conceptually attractive about
> the -idea- of the 
> balanced tank and soil substrates that makes them seem
> more natural. When 
> there's really nothing natural about growing weeds in a
> glass box at all. 
> The required inputs for success are easily determined so
> I'll skip the 
> Koolaid and stick with science.
> TW
> PS: Regarding CO2, I like the third way with moderate
> light and -some- CO2. 
> Slow stable growth and easy to manage, plus the plants
> filter the nitrates 
> produced by the fish, which is why I got started on this
> anyway. 

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