Re: Problem Plant Tank
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: Re: Problem Plant Tank
From: psears at NRCan_gc.ca (Paul Sears)
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 1996 12:43:14 -0400 (EDT)
In-Reply-To: <199607230739.DAA23159 at looney_actwin.com> from "Aquatic-Plants-Owner at ActWin_com" at Jul 23, 96 03:39:02 am
> From: John Lobingier <jlob at wpa_net>
> I have used the Chemi Pure for a long time, and neglected to read the
> label after all these years. Here is what I can tell you about it: It
> removes CO2, copper, metal, ions, odors, all pollution, gases color, and
> Phenol. I do not know what Phenol is. It is also an ammonia and nitrate
> scavenger. An old Chemi Pure ad in FAMA 1988 states that it does not
> remove trace elements and is the only filter medium that balances the
> positive and negative charges with emphasis on the beneficial negative
That may be what the label _says_. This is ridiculous, and
would not even be desirable if true! Do you want to remove CO2?
There is also a contradiction, in that it removes copper, but not
It says nothing at all about what is in it.
> It is suppose to keep the pH at 7.0.
> I do not understand why Chemi Pure which is
> recommended for use in African Cichlid and saltwater tanks would take away
Recommended by whom?
> But, I have seen in the plant FAQ (I
> think ) that clacium and magnesium is needed by plants. Calcium and
> magnesium = the GH right?
Yes, but I suspect that if there is enough calcium to measure, there
will be enough for the plants. I add magnesium, because I'm not sure
if there is much in my water, but I add it at the ppm level, which would
scarcely register on test kits.
> Here is what I was told: Iodine benefits all living
> things as it does us. Yes plants do benefit from it too and grow better
> and show nicer colors.
> I would not be concerned about the copper since
> using copper in plant tanks would be totally counter productive anyway.
> The use of some molybdenum will further enhance the look of your plants.
Copper is, I understand, an essential trace element for plants.
I don't think iodine is. Molybdenum is another essential element.
Paul Sears Ottawa, Canada