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co2 additions and plant growth

yes, lets bring this topic back up, because I have some important issues
to discuss on this topic :)

First and formost I setup an extremely cheap aquarium with the following
materials,  a 2.5 gallon oct tank with hood (non-florescent, bulb type
;) a 35 watt plant growth light, pourish clayish substrate, steal wool,
and a power filter.  Am unsure of the cost on all of these but it's not
that much when you consider standard tank setup's :)

After having little luck with bananna plants and laceleaf plants in my
20 gallon tank I decided to move them over to the 2.5 gallon tank for
some testing.  Last night the everything has new stalks and growth up to
2" per plant.  And I use 0 co2 additions


> Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 17:11:19 -0700
> From: "Alysoun McLaughlin" <alysoun.mclaughlin at ncsl_org>
> Subject: Re: Optimum Aquarium Setup
> >From: Jennifer Glover <jglover at wam_umd.edu>
> >Subject: Optimum Aquarium Setup
> >
> >I have always wanted lush plant growth, but could never get healthy
> We had an all-too-brief discussion of this, specifically about whether
> is 'necessary' or not, a few months ago.  Maybe others would be
> in reviving it?
> In my experience, and the experience of other people I've known,
> too hard for 'optimum' conditions at first can be more of a harm to
> plants than a help.
> If you plunge right in, with a super-rich substrate, with heavy doses
> various fertilizers, with a zillion watts of light, you're likely to
end up
> with an algae explosion.  That can be frustrating to fight with.  And
> especially if they're not starting off well, your plants will really
> from a thick coating of algae all over their leaves, and blocking
> light.
> I think it's better to start with the basic necessities, and give
> room for growth.
> There are probably as many different ideas of what 'the basic
> are as there are hobbyists, but I'll take a stab at it.  I hope and
> others will argue with me about it.  I think you need a moderately
> substrate, whether that's soil, or gravel enriched with laterite, or
> underneath, or seachem's flourite (my personal favorite, certainly for
> beginner.  Easy, simple, adequate, with plenty of room for growth).  I
> 2 watts per gallon is strong enough for the vast majority of plants in
> moderately-to-heavily planted tank.  If you've got these two basics,
> should have healthy plants (of course, with some exceptions.  We all
> certain plants we just struggle with.)
> In my opinion, liquid fertilizers and CO2 should not be added until
> achieved an equilibrium, and are ready to start experimenting to get
> stronger growth.  My opinion, of course, is based on my tanks, which
> lots of fish.  Without the fish, you might need liquid fertilizer from
> start.