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Pearling... A Stupid Question

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by johnnyboy1965, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. johnnyboy1965

    johnnyboy1965 New Member

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    I understand about "pearling" the plant giving off O2. I have just watched a vid on YouTube about extreme pearling. This is nothing compared to my display. Most of my plants give off constant streams of O2.
    My stupid question is.. Can your conditions be "too" right? It has only been planted up for 5 weeks and Im already having to cut back some plants.
     
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    Pearling is a sign of excess gasses in the surrounding water. Plants absorb and then release them. Some of that will bc O2 from photosynthesis. But when there is no light, and the water has excess gasses, plants will pearl, even heavily to express the excess gasses it has absorbed.
     
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    As long as your plants are healthy things are good. I think the only time you might consider fast growth bad is if you don’t want to do much maintenance. Although a trim every 5 weeks doesn’t sound to bad, again it also depends on what the plants growth rates are, rotala rotundifolia grows like a weed, va bucephalandra.

    I would pay more attention to how healthy the plants look, instead of the pearling, you could throw more light at your plants, get more pearling, but that doesn’t mean they are growing in a healthy way. Are all the plants leaves algae free?
     
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    Pearling... A Stupid Question >>>>>> Questions are only stupid when you already know the answer
     
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    The gas you see released from pearling plants is O2. Plants release O2 as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Pearling occurs when the water is super-saturated with O2, so the newly released O2 gas is unable to dissolve in to solution. To answer your question no they can't be too right. But by the same measure, plants do not have to pearl to be healthy. Best just to concentrate on growing healthy plants, and if you're having to trim already it sounds like you are ;)

    Just for the heck of it, serious pearling from HC Cuba...

     
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