12-30-2004, 10:42 AM
Join Date: Dec 2004
Thanks so much! All good points. I'm thinking more potted plants of the fast growing type. I'd heard that algae balls manage to eat up quite a bit of nutrients, but definitely came from the hearsay category. Still, I don't believe that they'll hurt anything, so I'm inclined to leave them. Yeah, the java fern may not be so good. Mmmm, hornwort...
My understanding (from regular gardening books) is that a transplanted plant's energy tends to get directed towards establishing new root connections to the soil. But this is not the normal energy distribution for a plant. Once established, the energy focus migrates to growth, getting more energy/nutrition and ultimately reproduction.
Getting a good substrate logically falls into this theory as a way to improve a plants survival (although reading online about this, there to be precious little consensus on what is best in substrates). But, to carry this on further, temporary potted plants also seem to be a way to improve the odds, since they won't need to establish roots and can suck out excess nutrients...
Still, I'll probably end up making a run (or 2 or 3) to get the last minute plants I'll need--a real pain in the patootsie, I must add. Bother will probably end up more of a factor than cost, though. Of course, I could, ahem, prune DH's tanks (a very low-bother approach, at least until he notices)...
Ok, babbled enough for this morning. TTYL and thanks!