04-01-2010, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
That has been my experience too with the chain swords, I have low to mod lights on all my tanks and my chain swords grow fine, however, I do have rich substrate....I was told I could not grow baby tears too, but I can....granted the growth habit is different in my tank-vs-high light CO2 tank...but it grows none the less...lol....
Quite correct. These plants "grow" in our natural setups; some say they grow "faster" with all the periphanalia, but maybe we don't want faster growth. I'm content to watch the plants thrive and the fish appreciate the benefits to the water quality, even if it may be "slow" growth--which is again relative anyway.
I was in a discussion with Tom Barr the other day, and we agree that minimal light is the starting point. The more light, the more nutrients--CO2, macro- and micro-nutrients--one needs, and the balance we want to achieve is more and more impacted. And algae of course. But it will be a slow process to change thinking. In the last issue of TFH I think it was, the answer to a question on growing Echinodorus bleherae was 2-3 watts of light minimum; nonsense, it grows like a weed in my tanks.