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Re: [APD] First Planted Tank: Water Chemistry Problems Part 2

At 09:02 PM 9/22/07 -0400, you wrote:
>OK, you guys have convinced me to stop the chemistry experiment.  I 
>really didn't like the idea of throwing all these chemicals in anyway, 
>and I'm tired of beating my head against the wall trying to 
>"micromanage" the environment, as Jerry said.  Because my well water is 
>pretty iffy, I'll go to filtered water from the LFS, but no more RO and 
>Seachem products.
>Rex, you mentioned that some of my plants are non-aquatic and that I'm 
>headed for trouble there.  Because I'm new at this, I got my plants from 
>an internet site that billed them as an "easy maintenance" package for a 
>10-gallon tank . . . slow-growing and undemanding.

My well water is probably as iffy as yours if nore moreso. I think it's a
question of
attitude. I jsut set up a couple of large tanks, well, um halfway. Got the
under the beach sand in, add a huge buch of crypts then summarily ignored them.

That was about 3 weeks ago. There's some pretty serious algae on the glass
but the plants are thriving. I really should put some sort of a filter on
there as they get sunlight and the water stratifies pretty badly.

But the point is plants are amazingly forgiving.

And the best way to cure iffy well water is to let plants eat the
iffy stuff.


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