Re: A few questions
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Subject: Re: A few questions
From: "shaji (s.) bhaskar" <bhaskar at bnr_ca>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 1995 10:44:00 -0400
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>From: Jeff Stuart <jastuart at mailbox_syr.edu>
>Date: Fri, 21 Apr 1995 11:16:50 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: A few questions...
>How do I go about vacuuming the gravel? A local aquarium shop recommends
>that I remove the plants every few months and then stir up the gravel for
>the entire tank. Won't the plants take up most of the debris through the
Is your tank stable and doing well? If so, why change what you're
I for one tear up all the stem plants in my tank once in three or four
weeks, vacuum the gravel, and re-plant. But I have a high-tech setup
with CO2 and other bells and whistles. Personally, I think this
approach might not be viable in a low-tech setup.
I know peopole who never vacuum the gravel, and still have nice-looking
tanks. They have low-tech setups and their plants grow slowly. If
you don't want a high-maintenance tank, you could try this approach.
Alternatively, you can get a gravel vacuum with a relatively narrow
intake that will make getting into tight spots a little easier.
>I've recently seen laterite pellets advertized: small pieces of laterite
>that are pushed into the gravel. I'm assuming that if these are used,
>stirring up the gravel could become pretty ugly. Are these effective?
I suppose you are referring to the Dupla laterite. Most people on the
net seem to like them, and so do I. Yes, the water will cloud up a
little if you disturb the laterite, but it clears up pretty quickly.
>Lastly, I've got an Aponogeton ulvaceous that just finished blooming, and
>seems to be declining -- perhaps going into dormancy. The leaves are
>turning a bit brown and looking more ragged, and new growth has slowed. I
>recently attended a lecture on growing aquatic plants, and it was
>suggested that Aponogetons be put in a plastic bag with a little water in
>the vegie crisper for 6-8 weeks to force dormancy, and then re-planted.
>The bulb is nice and firm, and there are a lot of nice white roots. Has
>anyone tried this?
I've never tried the fridge before, but it's probably worth a try, now
that the weather is warming up and you cannot just keep it in a cool
part of the house. I'd be interested in finding out how it fares if you
decide to put it in the fridge.