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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2010, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Start out with stem plants and replace later?

I have a low light system. I read that I should plant fast growing stem plants to start out (to manage algae growth) and to slowly replace them with the specimens that I want to keep in the tank permanently as the tank settles. What do you all think? (I am a beginner with low light and no CO2.)
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I am shortly setting up a low light no co2 tank also, I am going to plant what I want straight off, but add fast growing stem plants as extras along with some floating nutrient suckers to use up any extra nutrients while my crypts and swords get going. It will save stirring the whole thing up again later, all I'll need to do is remove the stems. What are you using for substrate? I am using MTS, which has lots of nutrients, thus the need for nutrient suckers. If your only using something plain, it may not be such a problem for you.
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You could always pick some nice looking stems to start out with, that you may want in the finished tank. This way you could keep them trimmed back and they will keep the algae down. Then slowly add the plants you want after the tank has established itself. Good luck.
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I am shortly setting up a low light no co2 tank also, I am going to plant what I want straight off, but add fast growing stem plants as extras along with some floating nutrient suckers to use up any extra nutrients while my crypts and swords get going. It will save stirring the whole thing up again later, all I'll need to do is remove the stems. What are you using for substrate? I am using MTS, which has lots of nutrients, thus the need for nutrient suckers. If your only using something plain, it may not be such a problem for you.
I'm using Flourite.
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That shouldn't be too bad - fluorite has mineral content, but no organic content. I'd be inclined to plant what you want and dump in some floating nutrient sponge plants till the tank settles in. It would save having to plant the whole thing out twice. But its your choice.
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Problem is most stem plants do not grow under low light, and if they do it is too slow to have any impact. The idea of using fast growing stem plants to break in a new tank only works if they grow FAST, and to grow FAST you need bright light and Co2. A plants growth rate, metabolic rate has a direct coorelation to light intensisty

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Problem is most stem plants do not grow under low light, and if they do it is too slow to have any impact. The idea of using fast growing stem plants to break in a new tank only works if they grow FAST, and to grow FAST you need bright light and Co2. A plants growth rate, metabolic rate has a direct coorelation to light intensisty
That makes sense. I'll just plant it and go from there. Thanks everyone!
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