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[APD] Re: testing the Barr method and the Lazy boody method

From: "Rozell, Spencer" <srozell at mdsi_ca>
Subject: [APD] CO2 Questions
To: <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>

I'm in the process of setting up a number of 20 gallon tanks to test the Barr Method. I'll be running 4 tanks the "Barr Way", and 4 tanks the "Lazy Ass" way. In particular I'll monitor plant growth, fish health and algae growth.

In the end, I'm trying to combine the two and develop the "Lazy Ass Barr Method". This means I don't want to be mixing sugar and yeast, poking holes in balloons or stuff like that. I'd much rather put the money down and buy the right equipment.

I suppose my tanks have to be about as close to lazy as you can get. though I like to think of it more in terms of conservation of time. I don't use anything extra, it's just the tanks, gravel, maybe rocks or wood, or decoration of some sort, plants, fish and light. I don't use filters, fertilizers, CO2, or anything else. I have played with other things a few times here or there but I was never as happy with the results as the extra time and trouble it took.

I think that sometimes there seems to be a general opinion that if you're not growing the rarest most difficult plants, and they aren't all perfectly lined up and trimmed correctly that there's something wrong with what you're doing. I'll be the first to admit I can't seem to grow every plant I've tried. There are some plants that I think would do better in a pampered system. But I have lot's of plants in my tanks, plenty of excess growth, and happy breeding fish. I have about 75 planted tanks set up right now, I have a few down because I'm rearranging my fish room a bit.

Without going to extremes I don't really think there is a right and wrong way to have a planted tank. It's more a matter of what the person who's tank it is wants out of it and whether or not they're satisfied with what they're getting. I tend to kind of like things that are tough independent and a little wild. I love my dogs, but I have more respect for the cat. I tend to think of aquatic gardens as being similar to regular gardens. There are lovely formal gardens and beautiful Japanese tea gardens, and then there are casual cottage gardens. They all have unique beauty and each are more suitable to people with different sorts of personality. Without going to ridiculous extremes I would say generally that all the methods are the best method for different people, plants and fish.



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