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Does it matter if it's from an Organic source?

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Forgot cucumber in Otos and shrimp's tank. Plants got better. Took decaying left over and added into other tanks. Plants got better.

What do?


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Not entirely sure what you mean, but I think you mean the decaying of the cucumber is feeding/making the plants healthier. If so, I believe it is the cucumber creating ammonia-nitrite and that is feeding the plants. So I would assume the plants are not getting enough nutrients. You could add ferts (liquid or dry) to water column and/or root tabs into the substrate.
I don't think the decay has to be from organics as long as it is rotting and creating ammonia. So overfeeding would create ammonia (don't think fish food would exactly be considered organic). Other than decaying leaves and dead fish, I can't really think of other sources at the moment.
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I think he is asking if it matters if the cucumber is from an organic grower.I don't keep shrimp and have never used cucumber before so I can't give you any help there. If this wasn't what you meant then please restate your question.your post was more of a statement than a question.
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I was trying to leave out details so it wouldn't affect the answers.

Do plants prefer nutrients from a natural source? I took the decaying pieces that the shrimps devour (white mush) and toss it in another tank.

The plants perk up. How weird is that?

PS- Doesn't work with zucchini, again, how weird is that?


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It generally takes at least a couple weeks to see any change whatsoever after adjusting nutrient levels. I will guess that any improvements you saw were coincidental. It is possible that if your tanks were not getting regular fertilization that the leftover food was causing an increase in ammonia which was converted eventually to nitrate that the plants could use.

The short answer is no, plants do not care if it is organic. Certain garden fertilizers can poison the fish but for the most part the plants would grow just as well.
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Many plants favor NH4 and will not wait for the nitrogen to turn into NO3. They will jump right at NH4 and then NO3 when NH4 is exhausted. And of course, the plant does not care whether it's cucumber or dead fish.


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