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post #271 of 276 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 09:40 PM
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Also, consider that under low CO2 concentrations, the plant needs to use mechanisms that concentrate carbon, or extract carbon from carbonates. Both of these require more energy, thus you get less sugar produced per quantity of electrons hitting the plant.
Thanks mattinmd, that's a really useful post, and this is the piece of understanding I was missing.

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If you start digging into a biology text you'll get more into the specific reactions of photosynthesis, but that's a very "looking at the trees not the forest" perspective.
This is exactly the problem I had, I tried to gather the information from the wikipedia page to refresh my understanding, but I got so bogged down in details that I was missing the basics.
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post #272 of 276 (permalink) Old 12-16-2015, 06:22 PM
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The list should be seen as an opinion, which is not necessarily correct. For example, HC- Hemianthus callitrichoides will not grow well at all without CO2 and with low light. And, many of the stem plants listed will grow, but will be a big disappointment, with low light and no CO2 or Excel.
I was looking through this thread for some stem plant recommendations. Like you mention, I have tried a couple of stem plants, most recently Rotala indica, which just hasn't grown well, or much at all. I have a 20 long with a Stingray Finnex, no co2, following Barr's fertilization guide. Any suggestions for a stem plant that wouldn't be a disappointment? Thanks!

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This was really interesting. I just used the list for inspiration- but looking up many plants on the side, to see if they need C02 (I don't add it) and what they look like in different conditions. So many I was at first interested in I don't think will do well for me at all. I don't have a PAR meter, but judging by the growth habit of my plants I think I actually have med light, or low/med perhaps...

Can anyone tell me what its like growing Aponogeton Rigidifolius in low tech med light? I saw it on the list, but what I read elsewhere online says it demands high light. I really love the look of this plant and if it has slow growth or doesn't get as big when in lower light/no C02, I'm okay w/that. It wouldn't take over...

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Here's a big list of low light hardy plants
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post #275 of 276 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 10:21 PM
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A low tech, liberally stocked, well-established tank with a substrate rich in organic matter and biological activity has more CO2 than most people expect.
Fish produce co2.
Aerobic bacteria (in the substrate, particularly) produce a lot of co2.

The problem imo is people over-filter tanks- all the surface agitation drives the co2 out.
I've had heavily plantedunfiltered tanks, set up in windowsills and generous supplemental light do amazing things, with much less algae than you'd assume.
I speculate it was because of the naturally produced co2
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I have two nice sized java ferns, two amazon swords, and three other plants I cant remember what there names are. I have 55 gallon with 7 white clouds (one of which lookin like gonna lay some eggs) got 1 small pleco, and two cory cats, and there all friendly but those cory cats really bring some fun to the tank my wife said they look and swim like dolphins haha, ill post some pics when I can, my question is when I gravel vac should I not leave the plants be and go around them?, really don't like or think good idea to pull them out and move everytime to vac the tank, thanks

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