[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Val and Sag
David Brooks asked about the "rumor" that val and sag could not be grown
together. For years I tried to get sag to grow in a moderately planted
val tank. Never had any luck. Never tried setting up a tank with lots
of sag and then adding val. (This would be a great high school science
project.) Currently I am growing beautiful corkscrew, straight and
giant val along with a dwarf sag that multiplies as fast or faster than
the val. There are probably about 10 val plants for every sag plant.
I suspect the reason for my success is reasonably frequent water
changes. I change about 1/3 of the water every two weeks and would do
more if I werent so lazy. The water changes dillute any toxins produced
by the entire tank including the ellusive alleotropes written about in
the Aquatic Gardener magazine. Seems plants produce defensive toxins and
these can cause certain other species to fail. When I read about that I
assumed it was what caused my previous failure with sag/val so I tried
some sag and darn if the stuff doesn't do great now.
My experience says you can grow them together if you do frequent water
changes. Of course this assumes you have the other parameters that allow
them to flourish such as light, nutrients etc.
--Earle Hamilton from northern Michigan where coral once grew