01-20-2020, 09:36 PM
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Hayward ca
| | Re: Syngonium to help polish water...
Thanks you GG! I appreciate it!
Before I had a meltdown last summer that I attribute to using Hydrogen Peroxide for hair algae and some blue green algae, I had some nice plants lost...bacopa had become a hedge.
It's hard to believe but 100% true that "all i've done" since, is make the bio filter 30% larger. The Syngonium was next..and as it got large water quality went up. But the equal jump up a level to NO algae and happy plants wasn't until November when I started adding iron.
I really don't think any other additive is needed. Not with my tap water.
I haven't changed pumps,lights,or how I feed the fish.
I'm getting a feeling more and more also that substrates are basically anchors for plant roots. Even swords can grow huge on iron alone..no tablets ever used. Roots along with leaves absorb the iron..hence you only need 2-3" of gravel to allow roots to grow and absorb from the water column,NOT from the substrate per se.
Aquatic plants don't take nutrients from the soil like terrestrial plants. I think when I use soil in pots? Sure it feeds the plant for a few weeks at most-dissolved nutrients..after that,its all what they get from the tanks water.
Good luck with the dangling roots GG!..Makes a much natural look too!