Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
A local planted hobbyist I know took one look at one of my rather drap amazon swords, and said they needed some Iron. Now, usually, people use iron in powdered form (dry fertilzers) or in root tabs. Well, me being 14 and a rather low budget aquarist, I asked if he knew of a way to provide iron without spending to much money (I mean, $15 for 10 root tabs!?! Give me a break!). Well, he had a way. He suggested that I purchase some steel wool, give it a good cleaning, put it in a chemical media bag, stick it in my canister filter, and BAM! Plenty of iron! I was pretty skeptical, and still am about this... Won't that effect/kill any fauna in the tank? Apparently for him though, it has worked like a charm. And he has the plants to prove it. So, is steel wool really a cheap and effective way to provide iron for our plants? Enlighten me.
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