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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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why CAN I grow plants?

ive got a tank with less that 1 WPG, no co2, Inert substrate no extra lighting and i can still grow plants like, hair grass, swords, rotala, even POGO! It really annoys me when websites say that i wont be ably to grow anything under 1.5 wpg except Anubius and java fern!
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what kind of lights and how many fish do you have?
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any pictures of the tanks?
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Nothing wrong with anubias or java ferns. Done right, they can be just as beautiful. Put in some foreground/midground plants that slowly grow and you're good.
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Most plants grow just fine under lower light conditions. Just slow. 1.5 wpg can be a lot or not a lot depending on tank size, bulb type. How good the reflector is etc..

The question becomes. Are you getting the most out of ur plants? Or are u happy the way they are?

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There is a difference between Survive and Thrive.

HD's question says it all, " Are you getting the most out of your plants? "
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Physically and chemically, you can only get out what you put in.

Once this is understood in this hobby, it's all a breeze. In my shrimp tank (which is fairly low-light, no CO2, and no fertilizers), plants grow at a snail's pace in comparison to my high-tech ADA Mini S.

Plants can only produce more growth with what is available to them. This doesn't mean just light, and not just a rich substrate, but also fertilizers in the water column for foliar feeding.

It's all about the maximization of the plants' efficiency in physically/chemically converting these elements into new, healthy growth.

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Agree, I cut off Co2 in my hair grass tank. I use to trim it once a week. Now I haven't trim it for almost a month. LOLOLOL



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