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Re: nothing under the substrate or a newbie's first planted aquarium

> Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 09:42:35 -0500
> From: "Harry" <harryvdb at dbtech_net>
> [It was written on APD]:
> <"Nothing in the substrate" is a great way to start in this hobby,>

I hope that wasn't really said like that. I hope that this whole thread has been 
on the topic of "once a tank has been seasoned with biological waste, it may be 
suitable for growing simple plants without a lot of additional fuss and bother". 

IMHO, "nothing in the substrate" in a brand new tank will quickly lead to 
nothing on top of the substrate. The plant's roots (and leaves) have to have 
some form of nourishment. 

> I can see that there is a high tech/high expense approach and a low
> tech/lower expense approach. I have concluded (maybe wrongly so) that for
> this newbie the higher tech approach is better (less prone to failure).

I would agree with that analysis. 

> Or, another post which influenced me was by George Booth (APD 30Aug95).
> [snip]

You can't go wrong with HIS advice. 

> Now I am reading that the "nothing in the substrate" approach (which I
> assume means plain gravel, no C02, etc.) is better for newbies.

I think (hope) that this was a more general statement meaning that a "very 
first" tank should be fish only and as simple as possible so that basic aquarium 
keepimg skills can be developed. 

> BTW, I am very impressed with the helpfulness of so many of the experts on
> this list and am a little embarrassed to take up this bandwidth to ask such
> basic questions, but where else can I turn?

No problem.  As usual, we've "gone too far" with this discussion and are 
creating FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt).