Robert Hudson· Banned
I think people here are missing the point, the reason that for the last decade the mode of thinking has been to start a tank with fast growing stem plants. The reason for this was to control algae, nothing else. This line of thinking always suggested that in a new tank, particularly during the first 90 days, 70 to 90% of the tank space planted with fast growing stems would break in the tank and get it through the rough period of new tank syndrome. It is algae problems during this critical period that discourages most newbies.IMO, the real reason to encourage newbies to start with rapidly growing stemmies is to let them taste a bit of success. Once you get a few years under your belt, you can then set off to do whatever you'd like.
So how do you guys alternatively deal with this issue if you do not start with stemmies?