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Re: various fertile topics
on 01:48 AM 10/12/99 , Roger Miller wrote:
>Fertilizing the water column is pretty convenient and I do resort to it
>for special cases, but I find that my aquariums do best when I limit
>regular feedings to the substrate.
I guess it's partially a matter of philosophy. Some people swear by the
nutrient-free water and rich substrate approach, and others by the PMDD
concept of a moderately rich water column.
Personally I don't have a choice: my tap water comes pre-fertilized with
phosphates, so managing the water column nutrients is the only way I can
keep algae under control. And it works.
...and samm writes:
>My question is this, first of all do you let the poop
>build up in the begining--meaning u don't vaccum the
>gravel?? and also, how does the mulm get deeper into
>the gravel--is this a gradual thing that is assisted
>by the fish lurking around in the gravel?
I rarely vacuum the gravel in my plant tanks. I'm not exactly sure how it
happens, but it's amazing how clean and detrius-free the gravel looks. When
I change water I just use the filter intake to siphon from the middle of
the water. I only vacuum the gravel when I have an algae problem or a dying
plant leaving bits and pieces all over the surface.
I assume my fondness for Corydoras catfish is one reason the top of the
gravel stays clean. Not that they eat everything, but they stir up the
...and Ivan Trail writes:
>Where do you get these Jobes sticks? Are they a pet store Item? Who
Jobe's makes them. They're a regular terrestrial plant item. The ones most
people here recommend are the sticks for palms and ferns, 16-2-6. If you
live in California, you can probably find them in any gardening store. Here
in Utah (where there are few palms) they are rarely at the garden centers,
but I found them at a Fred Meyer (department store) location. Haven't seen
them anywhere else.
Use them very sparingly and push them deep into the gravel. I use 1/3 of a
stick under each plant that looks like it needs it every couple of months.
A $2.00 package will probably last you a very long time.
michael moncur mgm at starlingtech_com http://www.starlingtech.com/
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