06-06-2012, 04:43 PM
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Thanks everyone for your help in clarifying this!
Simon... Great minds! I like that, though I don't know how great mine is - I swear some of this stuff makes me feel so dense! I'm having this EXACT problem with my baby Salvinia (I found some, yay!). But I have a HOB filter, so there WILL be surface agitation, there isn't anything I can do about it until I upgrade. . . I hope it does well. I spread it throughout my 4 tanks in the hope that if it fails in one, it will thrive in another!!!
As you said, the health of the FISH are more important to me then the health of the plants, though I really would like to have both thriving. Adding oxygen via surface agitation in a tank without plants is a no-brainer - especially a TALL tank - it seems to be the norm. But once the plants are added, I found so many differing viewpoints on this. . . so far, all seems well. . . high tech tanks are not now, and I doubt will ever be my thing, though they can be stunning - I just prefer the natural 'jungles'
Termie, I had NO problems with algae until my floating plants died off (and I was keeping the lights on too long because of my new BRs), so I know that was/is light related. It's died back since I've had the lights back on schedule, but I don't think it will go away until I get the floaters back to shade the tank. This will also reduce the surface agitation from the HOB, I think. . . so all good all around. I have another batch of Water Sprite on the way that was grown in a floating state, so I'm hoping it makes the transition to my tank much better this time. If not, depending on what the Salvinia does, I might have to steal some of your floaters ;)