Theplants in the aquarium, just like those in the garden, they have special nutritional needs that the user must satisfy.
Forfertilize plants in the aquariumit is possible to employfertilizersliquids, tablets or particular products to be amalgamated with the pre-existing substrate. On the market there is no shortage of substrates rich in fertilizers, perfect for those who have to start the aquarium for the first time or for those who want to do a bit of cleaning the bottom.
How to fertilize plants in the aquarium, dosages
Dosages to follow for fertilize plants in the aquariumare those shown on the label but it should be noted that the dosage indicated on the product packagingfertilizers for aquariumsrefers to an aquarium at full capacity.
If your aquarium has few plants it will be necessary to reduce these doses, on the contrary, if yoursaquariumhas a high amount of plants, the dose will need to be slightly increased.
How to fertilize plants in the aquarium, the fertile bottom
As stated, the so-called "fertile funds“, These are funds already rich in fertilizers that must be positioned under the substrate. The fertile bottom must only be inserted during the start-up or rearrangement phase of the tank. A fertile bottom has a maximum duration of 8 - 14 months after which it must be regenerated with simple gravel.
Warnings for use:
Thefertile fundit must never come into direct contact with water (for this reason it is positioned under the substrate), especially in the first months of use, as it could cause a proliferation of algae. This precaution requires us to be even more cautious when we have to uproot a plant or during normal aquarium maintenance.
Fertilizing substrate for aquarium plants, advantages
The disadvantage just described is offset by its many advantages: it must be regenerated once a year, it is able to provide a large reserve of nutrients that are always present because they are slow-release. In particular theSubstrate Fertilizerindicated in the link above, it provides all the microelements necessary for the vegetation of plants in the aquariumincluding chelated iron, iodine and vitamins. The package includes a fixing mineral base capable of improving the general conditions of the aquarium by removing nitrogen and phosphate from the water. The substrate also eliminates nitrites and phosphites.
Its price is € 19.90 but must be bought only once in the life of theaquariumand in addition tofertilizer substrateincludes the "caps "or "tabs" or "tablets ", these are fertilizing tablets with trace elements capable of stimulating the natural growth of plants. When to buy fertilizer substrate? A 2 liter pack is sufficient for 50 - 60 liter aquariums.
To eliminate the risks associated with the proliferation of algae, we recommend the utmost caution during routine maintenance and, in the case of "contamination", the use of a product capable of keeping the water healthy and clean and counteracting the proliferation of algae. Among these we recommend the anti-phosphate resin for aquariums, which costs around 6 euros.
How to fertilize plants in the aquarium, the tabs
Tabs are fertilizer tablets, tablets that can dissolve more or less slowly. We advise you to choose tablets as complete as possible. Generic tablets do not include Nitrogen and Phosphorus (NO3 and PO4). The ideal would be to examine the water, identify deficiencies and purchase specific tablets capable of replenishing the individual deficient elements. Forfertilize plants in the aquarium,these tablets must be buried 2-4 cm away from the plant to be fertilized.
Also in this case, care must be taken when maintaining the aquarium: you would do well to mark the exact position in which you placed the tablets on a sheet of paper so as to avoid small disasters.
How to fertilize plants in the aquarium, dispensers
There are automatic dispensers on the market capable offertilizethe plants on a daily basis and, at the same time, keep the water clean: these dispensers are programmed to administer, together with fertilizers, other substances capable of keeping the aquarium clean, such as those for controlling algae. In this case, the expense to be incurred can fluctuate a lot according to the characteristics of the dispenser chosen. A good compromise is given by the Askoll dispenser, the price is about 55 euros and when purchasing the dispenser we recommend that you buy an "ASkoll Formula Azure" refill. This composition keeps the aquarium water crystal clear, clean and free from algae. The dispenser is shown in the photo above.
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