Question Interesting question about plants.

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Hello Fishlore,

I've always wondered what exactly plants do to maintain an aquarium besides for removing ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates? I've heard maybe they keep mineral contents stable and pH/kH stable. Is this true? What else do they do?
 

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Your TDS (total dissolved solids) will fluctuate noticeably in heavily-planted tanks. This is one reason why water changes are important; over time, plants can strip the mineral content from the water, which will alter the GH. Doing water changes replaces lost minerals.
 
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Fahn said:
Your TDS (total dissolved solids) will fluctuate noticeably in heavily-planted tanks. This is one reason why water changes are important; over time, plants can strip the mineral content from the water, which will alter the GH. Doing water changes replaces lost minerals.
Good to know. Thanks!
 

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