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Re: Light level / nutrient uptake
On Fri, 4 Dec 1998, Morten Karlsen wrote:
> Yesterday I asked myself; why does some advocate high light levels, so
> that plants can "use up" nutrients in the water column. Like when
> running in a new tank.
> Are plants "better" than algae at burning nutrients at higher light
I like brightly lit tanks for two reasons: 1) you can grow a wider
variety of plants and 2) I think a brightly-lit aquariums are more
attractive than dimly lit aquariums.
To the best of my knowledge, plants are no better than algae at using up
Maintaining my brightly lit tanks is a fairly delicate balancing act -
much more difficult than maintaining more dimly lit tanks. Some algae
grow very well under brightly lit conditions and one slip can produce a
tank full of green water, hair algae, or both. In my brightly lit tanks
there also seems to be a tendency for one plant species to burgeon at the
expense of all the rest.
But when you get it all working a clean planted tank sparkling in a beam
of direct sunlight is a fantastic sight to behold.
Basking drowsily in clear sunlight on a crisp desert morning.