Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #208

>	When trimming back my plants, I've often considered leaving the 
>trimmings in the tank and letting them degrade.  Although this would not 
>make the tank look more attractive, I figure I would be allowing the 
>release of iron (and other nutrients) from the decaying plant matter.  
>Hence, the remaining plants could benefit from this slow, sustained 
>release of nutrients.
>	I'm sure that I will still have to add iron and trace elements, but I 
>shouldn't have to add them as often.  As long as my filters can handle 
>the extra bioload of decaying organics, I can't see any problems 
>arising.  Can any of you?

In one of the recent issues of the tropical fish magazine I read, one of the
authors suggest just such a thing. Leave the detritus of plants in the tank.
He even suggests adding leaves from trees. Kind of unsightly, I think.
Justin P. Healy