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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-26-2004, 01:38 AM
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Thanx for the help everyone.

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Whoever it was that said "There's no such thing as a stupid question" apparently never read edo's posts!
im only an algae grower!
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Plants need minerals to grow, just like human beings do. We get our minerals from our food. Plants get it from the substrate and the water. Most substrate materials are made of clay or some type of soil. Clay provides iron and perhaps other minerals and is also able to absorb other minerals and nutrients from the water.

Besides minerals, plants also need what is called Macro nutrients. These are nutrients that plants use in much larger amounts than trace minerals. Macros include nitrogen, phosphate, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Carbon dioxide can also be considered a macro nutrient. Nitrogen, in the form of ammonium and nitrate, is provided to the plants by the fish and animals in your aquarium. Potassium, calcium, and magnesium may be in your water. Phosphate may also be in your water and in fish poop depending on what you feed your fish.

All of these things may be provided either by the substrate or the water. There is a lot more to this but I do not feel like writing a book right now, and I have a feeling I lost you after the first paragraph any way!

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The one thing I found about this hobby (and especially with planted tanks) is that you can't afford to be lazy.

Best thing to do is do alot of research and reading before you start buying stuff and filling up your tank. Like others have said, proper planning will save you lots of time and frustration in the long run. It will also help you enjoy your tank more when it looks/does what you had envisioned for it when you started.

Good luck, and do your research!
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i understand that. thats why im asking questions. i bought my tank recently and built a little light canopy. ill post pics onces its up. it'll be bare at first tho. i have just a little experience with my brother's tanks, and he helps me a bit too. but this the the first planted tank in the household and i wanted it right.

as to roberts post. i understand. so most of the micro and macro nutrients will be supplied by the substrate, the water, and my fish?
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post #22 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-28-2004, 01:35 AM
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No picking on Edo! This guy is one of my favorite "Algae Growers"!

I would say a portin of the macro, micro, and trace elements will be supplied the substrate, the water, and your fish. The rest are going to be supplied by you when you fertilize your aquarium.

Take some time and read some of the threads about fertilization. The Algae Forum is a good place to start! Try and get a grasp on the basic ideas on what we normally dose, how much, to what ratios, and why. You will quickly get an idea about what is going on.

Oh yeah! Ask lots of questions!


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