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Re: Plants. - they hate me, Joe!
Posted By: Joe Loach <firstname.lastname@example.org> In Response To: Re: Plants. - they hate me, Joe! (Shteve Burton)
Date: Tuesday, 3 August 1999, at 10:20 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Plants. - they hate me, Joe! (Shteve Burton)
Ever since I saw an article in Aquarium Fish Mag about using certain terrestrials in aquarium plant filters, I've been interested in doing it myself.
I went to the trouble of constructing a plant filter, but wanted to experiment with floating aquatic plants instead -- it didn't work. The plants reproduced rapidly, but also had a rapid die off rate which caused too much pollution.
There was also a problem using Azolla (a floating plant). I introduced a batch of Cardinal Tetras that became diseased with something I couldn't immediately identify. I used an antibiotic in the tank (after all, I had no biological filtration, just plants), but the Azolla began to suffer and I had immediate ammonia readings. I may have done in the oxygen-binding single-celled blue algae that's on the root system of this unique floating plant! :-( I lost all of my sids because of the filter crash.
I haven't experimented with hydroponics, but I've done a good deal of research on the subject before I attempted the original filter. Now I need to follow through with a second version of the filter using plants that will not have the problems that the floating plants did.
Use more nitrAtes than aquatic varieties? Hmmmmm. Perhaps, but it just depends upon a number of factors. You obviously don't need any CO2 with terrestrials for them to do their job well. Aquatic plants need CO2 to really do a good job on nitrAtes, etc.
Gotta go to work! :-)
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