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The first step to setting up a planted aquarium is to clean the sand in a container to remove dirt and dust particles. If you are adding any large rocks or drift wood to the aquarium it is best to place them in the empty tank first and then add the clean sand around the objects. Placing large rocks and driftwood in contact with the bottom of the tank will help prevent shifting in the event you have a fish that decides it wants to dig. I recommend a minimum 2 to 3 inch (5 to 7.5cm) sand bed. After all the sand has been added, place a plate on top of the sand. Slowly pour water on to the plate to try not to disturb the sand as much as possible. You can fill the tank all the way to the top, or part way up, and then plant your plants. Which technique you use is up to you, but for deeper tanks part way up is often preferred. Once the plants have been planted, I mix one part Seachem's Flourish to 20 parts aquarium water. I then take the mixture up in a plastic syringe and inject the mixture into the sand bed around the plants. This technique gets the plant supplement directly to the roots of the plants with less in the water column for algae to take up. I usually inject the bed every two months or when the plant growth seems to have slowed down.
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While there are many recipes for dosing nutrients, for most basic setups with hardy plants, a liquid fertilizer made by a reputable company will perform well. When selecting a good liquid fertilizer, look for a supplement with trace elements such as iron, manganese, boron, zinc, etc., and one that has a good ratio of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), otherwise known as the NPK ratio. Ideally, a ratio of N with one to two times the K and minimal or zero P is advisable. Plants do require P, but excess can lead to algal blooms and there is usually sufficient P in the aquarium from fish waste and fish food to fulfill the requirements of most plants. Aquarium Plant Care - online aquarium supplies - Pet Mountain
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The most common mistake made by beginners is to get the cheapest gravel they can find and a month later we ask ourselves why the plants are not growing well. A good quality substrate can be costly but will pay off in the end. All plants need a supply of Iron (Fe) to grow. Substrates such as and provide a long lasting supply of Fe to the plants through the roots. While each of these products can be costly per bag to buy, it provides you the best start to growing nice plants. I personally have used both with great success. Plants "will" grow in your average but the size of the gravel is very important. It needs to be a finer grain in size and it will also need to be fertilized to provide the nutrients to the plants. I would suggest a layer of peat and Laterite under regular aquarium gravel or sand to provide the Fe needed by the plants. When using this method you must take care not to disturb this layer over time. If it is disturbed and allowed to enter the water column you could create "nuisance algae" problems.Here is where the success or the failure of your planted tank can happen. The Aquarium Lighting supplied to you when you first purchase your tank is only intended for viewing your tank , the lighting is very much under powered to successfully grow a majority of plants in.Lighting, necessary for plant photosynthesis, is an essential component for any natural aquarium. Full spectrum lighting provides optimal photo-spectrums needed for promoting plant growth and health. Typically, two to four watts per gallon of full spectrum light is recommended for your natural aquarium. Carbon dioxide is provided either manually with supplements, or auto-injected with an outside CO2 bottle. As well, Nitrogen is also a much-needed requirement for plant growth. Nitrogen is added through liquids or substrate fertilizers. Minor trace elements such as potassium, iron, and magnesium are supplemented for leaf and stem vigor. These elements stimulate photosynthesis and stomata cells, thus leaving your natural aquarium garden lush, green, and full of natural beauty.A lot of equipment is used in setting up a CO2 supply system for planted aquarium such as CO2 regulator, cartridge, diffuser… which you might find a little complicated initially. Please don’t worry because the setup will be relatively simple after you read this guide.