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Re: Need CO2? (old thread)

>Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 13:55:34 -0400
>From: "Alysoun McLaughlin" <alysoun.mclaughlin at ncsl_org>

>> If you come to believe, like most of us here, that you need CO2 injection
>> have good plant growth, then you don't have the right equipment. To get
>I know this is an old thread, but...

it was only a day or two ago that I posted that. Is that old?

>I strongly disagree with the idea that "you need CO2 injection to have good
>plant growth".  You can achieve more robust growth with CO2... but it is
>quite possible to achieve a beautiful, heavily-planted tank without CO2
>supplementation, with more growth than your average working person wants to

well 'need' could easily be an exageration - it partly depends on what you
call 'good plant growth'.

>Alysoun McLaughlin
>Wheaton, Maryland
>...who just made $50 at an auction from the clippings of an overgrown,
>non-CO2 injected tank.

Well please describe your tank for us and your theories/opinions about how
you achieve this. Some of my plants have had occasional growth spurts and
the ludwigia seems to keep growing regardless of where I put it but within
days of adding CO2 to a tank I can see additional growth on most of the
plants. When the sugar runs out the growth slows down again. I'm sure it's
possible in some cases to get good growth without CO2 but it's usually not
easy. Back to the definition of 'good' I guess.