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Home method for strong plant growth
There's a lot of plant science, and there are just pure facts. I was
faced with that fact some time ago, visiting a home of an older aquarist
here in Warsaw, Poland.
This gentleman (Stefan is his name, which is Steven, so I'll call him
that for the purpose of this post) has been supplying many LFSs with
large, beautiful, water-grown Echinodorus cordifolius (lately switched to
crypts), all from his 600 liter tank in his home (water-grown). He has
been supplying a couple of adult plants every 2-3 days, so the growth was
How did he do it?
The interesting thing is... he never used CO2, he uses pure, washed sand
(about 2-3 cm deep!) as the substrate, and he uses only two 20W Phillips
fluorescent bulbs (you know, the modern lightbulb that you screw in but
20W gives you as much light as a normal 100W will) for his 180cm by 60cm
by 60cm tank (deep!). This seems like impossible. However, here's what he
does to stimulate the growth. I would like to know what do you think
about this. Oh, I might mention that his tank is always full of fish, now
he has about 100 guppies, 50 mollies, 50 C. aeneus and 8 Ancistrus
dolichopterus in that tank, and they strive, grow fast and breed all the
time (especially the corys).
Here's the magical method.
During the spring and summer, he goes off to open fields in the country
and collets various grass leaves and any other small plant leaves. They
must be fresh and clean. When he comes home he puts them in a jar full of
tap water and lets them sit there for weeks. After a couple of weeks he
filters the water so that the plant leaves are left behind, and using a
simple medical (sorry forgot the name - the thing which the nurse uses to
give you a shot - not the needle but what's attached to it ;) "injector?"
and a piece of rubber hose he injects some of the water directly under
the plant roots. This 'rotten water' stays there, as the sand prevents is
from mixing too much with the tank water.
This is the only thing he does, and he can supply multiple shops with
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