Plants in Higher Altitude

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csmith

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Are aquatic plants affected differently in higher altitude like, well..we humans? Is there a need for a greater supply of O2? The 6700 ft elevation I find myself in has a huge effect on me as compared to those of you at 500 ft. Is it the same for plants?
 

Philosophos

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Speaking from my experience with nature, I've found that temperature from the thinned atmosphere is more of a problem than pure lack of oxygen. I believe the actual level of dissolved oxygen in standing water might change by something like 2ppm at 7,000ft vs sea level; I'm sure my own tanks vary by at least that much given that some have air stones while others do not.
 

DaBub

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Hi,

I grew up in Colorado Springs and went to school in Ft Collins. :cool:

I had fish and my Dad was a fish nut, plants and all. I had, well have, friends that used live in Woodland Park, I do not recall them having any problems. Never came up and I think they were over 8k'.

No problem I ever saw.

Also there are lots of fish keepers in CO.

Where are you?
 
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csmith

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Colorado Springs.

Sounds like my fish and plants are better off that I am.
 

DaBub

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Hi,

I was born there so I never noticed it myself. :cool:

I saw a lot of relatives and then people moving in and many really suffered for a while. Not that I ever laughed at them or anything. ;)

The old advice was drink plenty of water and in 20 years or so you will acclimate. :eek:

just kidding, most folks just one day realize it doesn't bother them the way it used too. When you visit the low-landers, you will find yourself much more energetic. The air may even seem a bit overwhelming.

Good luck,
 
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csmith

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I had to go to Texas a few weeks ago, and I felt the difference there. I also noticed it when I came back and felt like I hadn't ever been here. It's madness I tell you!
 

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Hi,

Figuring that t 6700 feet there is only about 78% of the oxygen as compared to sea level. :(

Frankly all the time I lived in Colorado, I never gave the issue as it relates to aquatic plants much thought. :eek:

It would seem to me that there would be only 78% of the O2 dissolved into the water. Of course, increased temperature also reduces the carrying capacity of the water. I really had not thought about it, but then it would seem that, as with higher temperature water there would be less dissolved CO2. :eek:

Aquatic plants cannot be grown in Colorado. :D

I am glad I did not know this all the years that I lived in Colorado. :cool:

Biollante
 
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csmith

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Don't you try to take away my excuse for being horrible at this hobby! :p
 

Tom Barr

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George Booth also is from CO and mentioned some differences in CO2/O2.
There's less basically at higher altitudes.
So might be a bit tougher adding it.
Not much though


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Tom Barr