Fertilizer In The Planted Aquarium
OK, so you have this beautiful freshwater aquarium, and you’ve decided that plastic and artificial plants just look out of place. You’ve decided that from now on, live plants are for you.
You run down to the local fish store and admire all the beautiful aquatic plants. Envisioning how nice they’ll look in your aquarium, you buy a bunch, bring them home, and plant them in your tank. And you sit back and wait for them to grow and produce beautiful new growth.
And you wait.
After a few weeks, you notice that the new plants don’t look so hot. They looked beautiful in the aquarium store, but somehow they have deteriorated in your aquarium. Some of their leaves are turning yellow, and there just isn’t the robust new growth that you were expecting.
Welcome to the wonderful world of planted aquariums. Well, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it – right?
Actually, everyone CAN be doing it, but they’ve been given bad advice, or no advice at all.
To grow beautiful plants, your plants need three things: adequate light, adequate nutrition (from fertilizer), and adequate water conditions.
Adequate light: but isn’t that little hooded light that came with the aquarium all I need? You know, the one with the 20 watt fluorescent tube inside the hood? In a word, no. Such lights are intended for display purposes only. They will provide adequate illumination to admire your fish, but the light is most definitely NOT adequate for growing plants.
How much light do I need? Well, you need to provide at LEAST 1 watt of light per gallon of water. 2 or 3 watts per gallon is necessary for most fastidious plants. It is very rare that beyond 3 watts per gallon is needed.
So, let’s say we have a 29 gallon aquarium. Let’s round that up to 30 gallons to make calculations a little easier. Multiplying that by 2, we get 60 watts of light required. Multiply by 3, and that works out to 90 watts.
Makes that little 20 watt tube look pretty puny, doesn’t it?
How do we get 60 or 90 watts of light? Well, there are new lighting hoods available that use more modern Compact Fluorescent lights. Look in an aquarium catalog, or ask at your local dealer. They have new hoods that will fit right onto your aquarium, replacing the old hood. Compact fluorescent tubes come in 55 watt sizes that will easily fit over a 29 gallon aquarium. A new 55 gallon aquarium hood can hold 110 watts or even 220 watts of CF lighting. That will grow anything you could ever want to grow, including the most difficult plants.
We mentioned water. Most water is just fine as it comes from the tap. Aquarium plants are adaptable, and most are able to grow just fine in anything you happen to have coming out of your faucet. Of course, plants don’t like extremes, and you may find that extremely hard or extremely soft water is a problem. But just because your grandmother told you that your water was “hard,” don’t assume that it is. Most municipal water is actually quite acceptable. The only exceptions to that rule would be certain cities in the Rocky Mountain regions of the United States, where municipal water can be exceptionally hard. Cities such as Salt Lake City or Las Vegas or Phoenix or Boise come to mind as presenting special problems for planted aquarium tanks. In those areas, if you are having extreme difficulty growing nice plants, you might want to try cutting the municipal water with softer water such as distilled or R/O (Reverse Osmosis) water. But for 98% of cities in the world, such extreme measures are completely unnecessary. Ask at your local aquarium store what your local water conditions are running. They can give you some helpful advice on how to improve on your water.
Now, what about plant nutrition? Well, we achieve that by adding aquarium plant fertilizer. Plants consume food, just like all living things, including their agricultural cousins. Farmers feed their crops fertilizer, and that’s how they get large yields from their fields. Fortunately for you, specialty fertilizers are also available for the planted aquarium. (By strange coincidence, we manufacture Yamato Green aquarium plant fertilizer, but more on that later.)
A good aquarium plant fertilizer can make the difference between growth and no growth in your aquarium plants. A good fertilizer contains all the commonly required nutrients to meet the needs of aquatic plants, including iron, magnesium, manganese, sulfur, boron, etc. These nutrients should be provided in a form easily utilized by the plants. The more work the plant has to go through to “digest” the nutrients, the less energy is available for the plant to grow and to produce healthy leaves, fronds, stems and roots.
That’s where we come in. We manufacture Yamato Green Aquarium Plant Fertilizer, and we happen to feel that it is the very best fertilizer in the world. It contains all the nutrients your plants need, in the correct proportions to meet the plant’s needs. Many fertilizers seem to just dump in a few ingredients and call it a day. But Yamato Green fertilizers are a very complete formula, containing all the nutrients required by your plants, in exactly the correct proportions to meet the needs and demands of your aquarium plants.
Once you switch to Yamato Green aquarium plant fertilizer, and when combined with adequate lighting, you should start to see improved plant growth. Plants grow slowly, but they DO grow. Your green plants should start to look greener and healthier, leaf formation should be vigorous with large, correctly sized, shaped and colored leaves, and root systems should take place in thicker, healthier form.
Give Yamato Green aquarium plant fertilizer a try. It may be exactly the ingredient that is missing from your planted aquarium.
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