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Salt & plants

Posted By: Cinder <lhughes@prodigy.net>
Date: Monday, 12 October 1998, at 3:07 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Clown loach with ick (Liza)

I'm not positive about this, but I believe people use valisneria sp. in brackish tanks because it is very salt tolerant. I grow Am. swords, Ludwigia palustris, & assorted hygros, crypts, anubias barteri v. nana, Rotala indica, Crinum thal., Apon. crispus & gorgeous Bacopa caroliniana all with salt. Now, I have not had a plant tank set up for more than a yr, so I cannot say what the long term affects of salt on the plants are. I have been doing alot of reading on the Aq. Plants Digest mailing list & am considering cutting the amount I use in half.

But for short term, I have had very good growth under medium lighting. I would hate to give up salt altogether, because my fish are my first priority & I feel that salt acts as a preventative. Most bacteria & parasites' growth is inhibited by salt.


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