The perfect fertilizer

I’m going to preface this with there is no perfect fertilizer. It’s not possible to cover all needs for aquatic plants kept in an aquarium with a single bottle of fertilizer.

Aquatic plants need all nutrients in adequate amounts to be able to grow well; the common “complete fertilizers" that aquarists know only cover partial nutrients. Formerly it was assumed plenty of nitrate and phosphate were available in fish tanks.

This might have been possible but present stocking protocols are way lower than years ago and often these nutrients are hardly or simply not available. Plus, the essential nutrient CO2 often isn’t considered but healthy and fast growth can only be guaranteed if also this nutrient is provided.

To summarize:
Three different fertilizers are needed for healthy plant growth.

  1. First a complete fertilizer like “Easy Life Profito” that contains micronutrients like iron and trace elements that are available to the plants.

  2. Second a fertilizer which provides nitrate, phosphate and potassium – the macronutrients. The already completed mixtures like “NPK/NPP” (Nitrat-Phosphat-Kalium / Nitrate-Phosphate-Potassium) are pretty easy. It is also possible to fertilize every nutrient separately with special fertilizers (nitrate only, phosphate only, etc.).

  3. At last there’s only the CO2 missing which can be added via a Bio CO2 system (DIY for example) for smaller tanks or for bigger tanks with a pressurized CO2 system.

Original text by Henning Buck, Translation from German into English by AQ*44, Correction by izzy-the-fish-girl <3

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Since you guys really dig equipment I chose some cool stuff, everyone can use and might need. Also I put in some decoration and also food for shrimp. And because this is also a very plant focused blog I offer fertilizer and a CO2 drop checker, too! 

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