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#21 User is offline   JinhuiIsHere 

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 01:50 PM

erm.. teo's plant farm grow mostly emerse aquatic plants.... and when you plant it fully submerged, most of the emersed leave will rot and grow new submerged leaves which is more flimsy.... but they will stop flowering unless they grow above the water level...

aquatic plant dun need additional CO2 to root... additional CO2 and both liquid and root fertilizer is to help them grow better and have better root system... high light (3-4walt per gallon), high nutrient and high CO2 will will make the plants grow faster (meaning a high tech tank)......

low tech tank is with normal light, no additional CO2 and no or less fertilizer dosage...
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 02:48 PM

These days, many LFS sell plants without any knowledge, as long as it looks good, they will try to pass them off as aquatic plants. However, true blue aquatic plants are easily available at farms, but sadly not many of these farms are left, most have gone North where land and labour is cheap.

converting emersed to submersed (aquatic plants) is rather easier, success rate is almost 100% only if you know how and what to provide this plants with.
Similarly, converting submersed to emersed is also possible, you need the right equipment and a correct mindset and attitude :)/>

as for Teo's farm, they grow emersed because firstly, they grow faster and better = more profit. For hobbyist, as long as you know what you looking for, buying them from farm is alot cheaper.

All aquatic plants require the basic, Co2, light and a good substrate (excluding stemmed plants since nutrients uptake is via leaf and not roots) regardless of low/high light plants, they do adapt to situation. Problem is hobbyist who don't know how to cope/change their fertilization regiment and this always leads to algae problems and most give up. Give a high light plant too little light and problems will arise, give a low light plant too much light and they will still thrive. So the principle and concept of what you provide, you need to compensate in the other areas is very true. I have seen many will blast their tanks but save on Co2/micro/macro fertilization and it is always the same end result. Equalibrum is the most important thing.

If you are keen on aquatic plants/Planted tanks, please visit my forum in my signature.

Like any plants (aquatic or land) they require certain conditions to thrive, but in any case, to maintain aquatic plants is far more work than most land plants. for the hardcore/fanatics, ferilization can be a daily affair, water change every week, pruning is a must of stemmed plants to grow to a bushy state.

for less hardworking hobbyist, the use of low light plants, crypto, echinodorus, java/windlov fern and etc is a easier path :P/>

But regardless of which type of plants you go with, the most important aspect is maintaining equalibrum condition through C02 fertilization and macro/micro fertilization. Even with low light plants, fertilization (macr/micro/Co2) is a must, just a difference in dosage and frequency. There are many products available in the market, even without Co2 injection, there are liquid fert. eg. Excel which can be a substition for Co2 injection but only works in smaller tanks and not larger ones (unless you can afford to dose daily and at the correct amount) otherwise, it is safer and most economical to use commercial Co2. These days, things are so much easier than comparing to the days when planted tank was introduced locally, now you get a wider range of products and off shelf fertilization comes ready to use through reading of the instruction.

This post has been edited by Simon: 27 September 2008 - 02:50 PM

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