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question about plant mass

I have a question that may seem kind of silly, but I'm no botanist so I was hoping someone could explain. Is it true that the more plant mass in the tank, the faster everything grows? Maybe its just me, but it sure seems that way. My tank is growing faster than it ever has to my recollection and has virtually zero algae. I've also been allowing roots to grow in the water column, whereas I would sometimes cut them off before. There is quite a bit of plant mass in the tank. The bush of bacopa monnieri takes up about 1/2 of the middle portion of the 20g. Just wondering if someone would care to shed some light on this, to help me (and maybe others) better understand.

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I don't think this happens, but experience is a better teacher than anything.

Maybe because since you have so many plants growing at the same time, and each grows 1/2", it looks like the entire tank is growing super fast...I dunno, just a suggestion.
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I'm also unaware of this phenomenon. Are you adding more fertilizers to compensate for the amount of plant mass you have? Changed any other aspect?
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Yeah, I probably have. I may be dosing a tad more than I was before, mostly because it seemed like some plants weren't getting enough. It's probably just me, rather than some weird phenomenon.

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Yeah, I probably have. I may be dosing a tad more than I was before, mostly because it seemed like some plants weren't getting enough. It's probably just me, rather than some weird phenomenon.
I doubt it is a "wierd phenomenon" there is something with what the plant mass does stabelizes the tank and stuff, Tom Barr can probably explain A TON better than I could.... maybe pm him and see if he has an answer. but it basically gets the tank to be more stable hence it makes plants grow better....


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