Re: new tank
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: Re: new tank
From: Noel Llopis-Artime <llopis at cs_unc.edu>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 1996 21:04:47 -0500 (EST)
In-Reply-To: <199601202039.PAA27843 at looney_actwin.com> from "Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com" at Jan 20, 96 03:39:02 pm
>actually doing much better in the new tank for about 2 months. Since
>then, they started being bad ( growing slowly or not growing ). And I
>started having algae problems. I have been adding liquid Fe fertilizer
>regularly. The only reason that I can think about is that the new gravels
>had some important ingredients and they are now exhausted. Any comments
>or suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
What I'm about to say is probably close to an heresy... but here it goes
anyway: I don't have that happen, I don't use any fertilizers.... and I use
undergravel filters. I think that the undergravel filters suck in a lot
of matter than soon becomes nutritious for the plants. Sure, they might
still lack in some nutrient, but I never have problems with plants stopping
their growth; I wouldn't be surprised if it were because of the undegravel
filters. I know a lot of aquarists avoid them as much as possible if they
have plants... I don't know why.
I don't have any CO2 injection, so the plants are totally in their own.
Maybe with a very rapid growth caused by CO2 they consume the nutrients
before more can be produced?