06-13-2010, 11:41 PM
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As long as you have the proper lighting,plants will grow. (The fish produce the ferts and CO2.)
There's one other thing I would point you to. Many people (here included) vew it as unneccesarily complicated, but it's the farthest from high-tech. It's soil-substrated tanks. I've seen it side by side, and to me it's less work overall.
All I did is buy or dig some (organic, I used Miracle grow brand 'Organic Choice' potting soil.) soil.
I placed about two inches, laid down some gravel on top, and planted some plants.
Other than feeding the fish, I haven't touched it.
In about three months, every plant (3 different plants- I had 3 6" stems of anarchis, 1 tiny dwarf sag sprout, and a few stems of rotala red) has entirely filled up the tank.
As an added bonus, if you monitor the parameters, you don't even have to change the water as often.
(Instead of once a week, you can do it once a month- some people go up to every 6 months with extremely healthy fish.)
Don't try to do it just from reading this post, but maybe you should look into it if you haven't actually started the tank yet.
Do a search for "Diana Walstead soil Natural Aquarium" and it'll pop up in no time. She wrote a book too. She's the genius that began sharing it and doing the scientific research.