Do share.. How? It just happens like that?saintly said:
ceg4048 said:Yep, It all starts with light. Low light, low (or no) CO2 required, low nutrients required. No CO2 means we can get away with no water changes. We get into trouble when we go mad and throw megawatts at a tank. Somewhere, hidden in The Matrix there is a secret school that programs the denizens to use massive photon torpedos over their tank. It might be the same school that guy Harry Potter goes to. Have you ever noticed he's never graduated? The world's oldest middle school student. Anyway, he uses a magic wand to get loads of light over his tank, has a lifetime of algae, and just can't sort it out...
That is my issue now.. I don't have space for more Staurogyne, bought four pots at ADC last month, one set was sandwiched between two pieces of wood, the other three just too over..JamesM said:Well, it is a stem plant afterall...
In a high light setup it will require regular pruning and replanting to get the best out of it.
I think that the balance is getting plants that grow at the same level, and the best way to do that is to try new things.. For example, to mix Hygrophila Corymbosa and Rotala rotundifolia is a bad mix, at least for me, the Hygro just grow's too fast and will take over a tank. Same as with Indian Fern.ceg4048 said:High light is an accelerator of growth, it's not a prerequisite. Lighting levels are very tightly linked to required levels of CO2/. Massive lighting therefore means massive levels of required CO2/nutrients to support the acceleration.
I think, in case of mosses, CO2 or liquid carbon availability is more important than higher ligth level, as they can't use carbonates as CO2 source, as far as I know. Just my opinion, as I have had many mosses in the past in LT tanks, but not all species obviously.AdAndrews said:I wouldnt say mosses though, personally, mine dont take off unless lighting is good.
Actually, you'd be surprised at what you can grow in low light and no co2. Rotundafolia does fine in my shrimp tank - it even takes on more of a red than under high light. I also have riccia, blyxa, p. helferi, acicularis, and walichii, all of which grow very well indeed. Just a little slower.ghostsword said:I think that the balance is getting plants that grow at the same level, and the best way to do that is to try new things.. For example, to mix Hygrophila Corymbosa and Rotala rotundifolia is a bad mix, at least for me, the Hygro just grow's too fast and will take over a tank. Same as with Indian Fern.
For some plants high light is required, at least if we want to see them at their best, while others need less to do more.
Is light a magic wand? Just by itself it isn't, but add nutrients and CO2, and you can have the most amazing plants on your tank.
It is nice to have the choice, low light and low co2 plants are also nice. Look at Crypto's and Anubias? They have some of the most beautiful specimens.
I just didn't know that one could also condition other plants to those specifications, and I am not sure that you will see the best of a Rotala on those conditions, although I have not tried it yet.
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