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Re: BBA, now for a curve ball -- Or is it legal to add substances before the pitch?
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: BBA, now for a curve ball -- Or is it legal to add substances before the pitch?
- From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
- Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 05:54:58 -0800 (PST)
- In-reply-to: <200303191125.h2JBPVnS031479 at otter_actwin.com>
Thomas Barr said, in part:
>. . .I think everyone here stands to
> learn a great deal
> about planted tank NOT using any CO2.
> While most, the lion's share, etc come to these list are
> pro CO2, there is a
> certain distinction that perhaps should be made here
> concerning CO2 vs non
> CO2 set ups and methods.
> Few folks do both. But I'd like to encourage folks to do
> so, even if it's a
> little 5 gallon Killi tank(Nice fish for the tank
Here Here! These slow-grow tanks can be a lot of fun
without fuss, especially for something like a tank at the
office, where you can't spend much time on maintenance.
> . . .The non CO2 takes a bit longer to stabilize, but IS
> limited, nothing is add
> except some fish/food.
> There is no need for other dosing, water changes etc.
Here's a knuckleball: I've done a couple of small tanks as
slow-grow (no added CO2, low light levels). They are 12
and 15 gallons. But I do water changes and some slight
additions of chems: traces and some phosphate and K to
balance out the KNO3 levels. Without adding anything and
no water changes, the nitrate tends to build up and the
phosphate depletes (well, I could remove some fish and feed
less but I won't) and algae needs to be cleaned up at least
once a week.
With the chem additions, these small tanks don't have algae
problems now, only run about 1.5 to less than 2
watts/gallon. They do better when I add the chems,
especially the phosphate, that seemed to "knock out" (back)
Light hungry plants don't care for these tanks, but many
plants do very well and Marble Queens take a couple of
years to become unneighborly large. In my CO2-injected
aquaria, even my 150g,the Marble Queens become overgrown
and beg to be removed after a much shorter time ;- ) .
I suppose I could forgo the water changes and a few fish
and then add less chems (not that I add much as it is) --
then I'd more faithfully follow a true slow-grow regimen.
But these are small tanks and water changes are so easy to
do *and* water changes with dosing is such an easy way to
maintain chem levels, even in these little tanks.
I guess you could call these inbetween tanks -- or just
poorly done non-CO2 tanks.
But if, when you got into aquatic gardening, you jumped
right up the CO2-injected fast-grow tanks and you haven't
done slow-grow tanks, you ought to give it a go. Not only
are they less work, but when you get that aquascape to grow
in just the way you want it, it remains that way for a long
time. Of course, if, like me, you're not very artistic,
that kind of quascape hangs around longer too, but then,
that still looks good to me.
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