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Re: [APD] Water changes and CO2/non CO2 methods

Absolutely, that's one way to go. For newbies, it's safer, imo, to start out with the higher maintenance and then, if things go well, relax towards less changes, ferts, and maintenance if very low maintenance is a major goal. So long as things are stable and working out, relaxation is find and wtih a slow growth tank, if one goes too far, one has time to notice and adjust before things get wildly out of hand. 
There's a diff between a developed routine and stable planted tank, even if the routine is "very slow," and neglect.
Scott H.
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----- Original Message ----
From: Bill D <billinet at comcast_net>
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:49:51 PM
Subject: Re: [APD] Water changes and CO2/non CO2 methods

I have one "slow grow" tank that requires constant  (every 2 months or so)
dosing of NO3.  It is underpopulated with fish, though.

One of the good things about low light/slow growth tanks is that they "work"
without requiring a lot of maintenance.  Adding water changes and scheduled
fertilizing sort of gets in the way of that, I think.

I do agree that left to their own devices, certain plants will come to
dominate a tank, just like plants do in nature.  That's where the pruning
scissors come in to play.
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