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While glutaraldehyde and gluconate start with the same first few letters they are quite a bit different!:bounce:
Many will take statements like this and run with it until the next deficiency raises it's ugly head.
 

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Funny story about "first few letters" confusion: A guy posted a pic of a "borellii" (Apistogramma) he'd bought, and asked why it didn't look like pics online. His fish was actually "borleyi", a Lake Malawi cichlid. Of course with chemical names ONE letter can make a BIG difference, e.g, chlorine vs chloride.
 

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I'm getting older..I might even repeat things here- horrors!
Gadget girl..everybody,Here's a vid you will like. Its in Russian..cant understand what they say. Anybody know that super glossy leafed Sword plant is? Never seen any Echinodorus like it.


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That gadget girl is a Spathiphyllum. I would rate only second to Syngonium as an emergent plant. Plus,it has the bonus of blooming little calla lily like flowers. They come in dwarf sizes..with dwarf blooms, standard size as in the video and then you have 'Mauna Loa' a huge wide leafed cultivar that also has huge blooms. It could handle a 100-200 gallon tanks nitrate problem pretty easily if given the right light and amounts.

I've gotten some great growth between the Syngoniums polishing and the push of iron..both Seachem and some brand I had for garden plants.
 

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So Spathiphyllum is a Peace Lily? Interesting! May have to try one. Your tank is gorgeous, BTW. I only hope that this will help with my green dust algae issue! I here a Finnex 24/7 light which I love, but I've had to dial the intensity back a bit from noon to 3pm.

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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!
 

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It certainly makes sense. Emergent plants are what keeps a body of water clean and free of algae. I used to live in Carolina Beach, NC which has a natural lake. The powers that be decided to "clean it up" and removed all the cattails and emergent plants at the edges and they planted grass right down to the edges. It almost immediately started having an algae issue!

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I think underwater plants are far more foliar feeders than root feeders. Not that they don't feed with roots at all...but mostly from the water column seems to me. After all...the seasonal flooding of nutrients they get in habitat is temporary..the other 6-9 months is what the rivers and streams and pond waters have to offer.
 

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This syngonium root has grown 8" since Jan 2! That's much faster than the pothos. It is really taking off!


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Order a big bottle of Seachem iron..watch it explode and the leaves go deep green and glossy.
Doing great so far GG!
 

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Emergent plants really intrigue me. Like it adds another layer of dimension and visual interest.

I've got a bottle of Seachem Iron & Seachem Flourish. Even though my tank is dirted (sand cap), I have noticed these 2 products help, especially after the tank gets a few years old. How often do you dose the iron?

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As the grand daughter would say..Go Girl! or with you the cool abbreviated, GGG!
I tell you..use Iron gluconate,and it might help to buy Potassium gluconate from Seachem OR Pharmacy..in tablets and probably 200x less expensive. If I ever find iron gluconate in pills at health stores,thats worth a try too.
The Syngonium will soon GG, get richer looking and thicker leaves..and glossy. It will look BETTER than any plant in a pot at the nurseries. I promise!
I'm to the point that fancy soils,and all the other additives are needless. Iron..maybe potassium. That's it. As long as they are in gluconate form.

One more..my houseplants have improved since I started using the dosed aquarium water on them. Great stuff!
 

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@Stan510 Hi! Just wanted to show you an update to my garden! Using Seachem Iron & Flourish at recommended doseage every other day. Thought I'd put a few "small" impatiens cuttings in there and look what happened!


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