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Our local newspaper runs one of those touch-tone telephone information
retrieval systems on subjects like news, horoscopes, lotto numbers,
They have an "aquarium plants" category in the pet information
section, so naturally I called it. Pretty disappointing.
First, you have to suffer through an advertisement from one of our
lesser quality LFS. The script, obviously written by the same LFS,
begins by listing some of the advantages of aquarium plants, i.e,
removes nitrates, can help keep down algae, refuge/food for fish, adds
color and beauty, etc. So far so good.
Then, they list the disadvantages, such as difficulty in keeping,
their need for "specific water requirements", 12 hours of light, and
how decaying plants can pollute the water.
They go on about the advantages of plastic plants, like not having to
wait for them to grow, fish can't eat them, and they don't die. The
disadvantages are they offer no challenge, and cannot remove nitrates.
They conclude by stating some aquarists like to keep a mixture of
plastic and live plants.
The number is 512 416-5700, category 1159, for those who are Truly
Interested. It's in Austin, Texas, and whatever the long distance
charges are for you, IT'S TOO MUCH!!!
The irony is Austin actually has two LFS that know how to keep plants,
and sell CO2 systems, substrate additives, and plant fertilizers,
along with a nice selection of plants.