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Re: Crypts and Nitrate

>From: "Jose Correa Lohmann" <jcl at pol_com.pe>

>I've just finished reading the Optimum Aquarium and they mention that
>cypts only use ammonium and can't use nitrate as other plants do. Does
>anyone has any comments about this. I'm planning to supplement my
>aquariums with KNO3 because they have 0 or near 0 nitrates and also want
>to supplement on K.

it is not true.  Crypts are able to utilize nitrate.  I have seen crypts in
my tanks respond with increased growth to additions of only a few ppm of

Paul Krombholz, in mild Central Mississippi, with rain on the way.