What do you need aquarium fertiliser for?
Did you know that by observing the plants in your aquarium, you can tell what it is that they need? For example, you'll often see leaves with yellow patches and holes. Or you'll see that new leaves stay very small and shrivelled. These are all signs that your aquarium is lacking a particular mineral. Therefore, always observe how your plants are doing.
- Have your plants stopped growing? Then it's very likely that they are lacking carbon dioxide.
- Do their leaves have holes in them or yellow patches? Then you are dealing with a manganese deficiency.
- Are the edges and points of young leaves turning yellow? Then it's likely that you have a potassium shortage.
- You can diagnose a nitrogen deficiency when plants have light green upper leaves and yellow lower ones.
- Do your plants' leaves suddenly darken and then fall off? You are dealing with a phosphate deficiency.
- Are your young leaves yellow with green veins while your mature leaves are fully green? Then they need more iron.
It is always important to adapt the fertilisation of your aquarium to the way your plants look. A nutrient that is more or less indispensable to any healthy aquarium is potassium nitrate. This is also known as KNO3.
Dosing aquarium fertiliser
The dosing of nutrients like potassium nitrate (KNO3) is dependent on your aquarium. We always go for three types of dosing:
- Lean dosing
- Medium dosing
- Heavy dosing
Lean dosing is suitable for ADA Nature aquarium scapes. The likelihood of algae is small if your substrate is rich. With Lean dosing, you'll be providing potassium nitrate (KNO3) in any event. A specific quantity of aquarium fertiliser is used to achieve the effect you looking for.
With Medium dosing, the advantages of both Lean and Heavy dosing are combined. With this dosing, there is no surplus. And no shortage either. It goes without saying that Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) is part of this type of aquarium fertiliser too.
Finally, Heavy dosing This type of aquarium fertilisation aims to provide large surpluses. So it's more or less impossible for there to be deficiencies. It's ideal for the quick growth of aquarium plants. Growers also use this type of fertiliser widely.
Aquarium fertilisation accessories
Are you interested in making your own aquarium fertiliser? Then you can order the various powders that you need from us. Have you thought of buying an Estimative Index Kit from us? Then you can be sure to have a complete package of all the powders you'll need to make your own plant food. Furthermore, you will also need to get a dosing bottle and dosing syringe. Have you gathered everything? Then you can set to work and make an aquarium fertiliser that meets the needs of your aquarium very precisely.
Alternative sorts of aquarium fertiliser
You can also buy aquarium fertiliser in other forms. For years, our liquid plant food has been a favourite among aquarium hobbyists who do not feel the urge to make their own fertiliser. We also sell nutrition tablets in our online shop. These tablets are specially made for your aquarium substrate. Thanks the unique way they are made, the nutrients are released over a long period. This makes them ideal if you'd rather not be bothered with fertilising your aquarium too often.
Other supplies for your aquascaping adventure
You'll find everything you need to set out on your aquascaping adventure in our online shop. We make sure that everything in our selection is of very high quality. This way you can be sure that you are ordering the best materials for your aquarium. These include products like a good substrate, an aquarium of the dimensions you want, the loveliest lighting and accessories for checking the quality of the water in your aquarium. You can find everything in one go from the aquascaper.be online shop!
The days of traipsing around lots of different shops in the hope of gathering all the materials you need for your aquarium are over. You'll find a wide range of aquascaping products and supplies in our online shop. This means that you'll never have to search longer than strictly necessary. We also make sure that we're easy to get hold of. So you can come straight to us with all your aquascaping questions.