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Re: [APD] Newbie Question
Ah, a breath of common sense amid the clacking of relays, twinkle of gears, and rainbows of test strips.
Test kits can help one get roughly "zeroed in" on a range or gain confidence that they're heading in the right direction, but it's them there plants that say the most. ;-)
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----- Original Message ----
From: Liz Wilhite <satirica at gmail_com>
To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 5:40:03 PM
Subject: Re: [APD] Newbie Question
On 7/14/06, Jim Vincent <jumbotron at adelphia_net> wrote:
> Can you all recommend a) a good (cheap) test kit and b) a
> place to get it? Thanks!
> Hi Jim,
I recommend that you do what has been suggested and use KH and pH. Well, if
you want to bother with it at all I recommend that approach. And I'd get a
pH meter rather than a kit since amateur test kits are a joke. The color
difference between 6.6 and 7.4 is negligible on most of them.
I'm sure you want to test and get a number -- most of us do that when we
start out. Honestly though I doubt many of us do any testing of CO2 levels
unless we are trying to push the envelope or are a little, errr, obsessive.
I just look to see if the plants are growing and healthy and if the fish are
happy. Unhappy plants mean I need to add CO2; unhappy fish mean decrease
Test kits and numbers are, in my opinion, highly overrated. I have grown
gardens for 40 odd years, and done container gardening for at least 20 years
without testing soil. A planted aquarium is just an underwater container
garden. The only real difference I can tell is that you have to add an
additional fertilizer to the aquarium -- CO2.
Of course, I am one of the laziest people on the planet so I suppose you
could say I keep a slack tank. Looks good though.
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