Category Archives: Fertilisers

Aquarium plants dying

If you go onto Google and type aquariums plants one of the first things that comes up is the question

Why are my plants dying?

There are a lot of different responses to this questions, and most of them are wrong! so I am here to set you straight and tell you why your plants are dying and how to stop it from happening over and over again!

Firstly before you buy your plants you need to do research on what substrate you need….NO you cannot just use gravel..No you cannot just use sand! Most people believe that they can just chuck a bag of sand in the bottom of there tank and everything will grow, well i can tell you now it will not. Substrates provide your plants with nutrients, food. Can you imagine waking up in the morning and eating paper for breakfast? your body will struggle to survive the day. You want to wake up and have a big bowl of porridge or even a full English, SO DO YOUR PLANTS. Get the substrate right from the start and that will eliminate most of problems.

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So you have a substrate, you buy your plants, stick them in your tank and immediately they struggle, Why? think about a time when you have gone on holiday, the first day in a nice hot country, whats happens? you get burnt. your body isn’t used to this change in environment and neither are your plants. you may well get leaves going brown and dying but that doesn’t mean your plant is dead….you need to wait to see the new growth that will come through. The growth that is used to your tank environment. As long as your root structure is healthy you will get new growth.

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So your plant has taken to your tank and you have seen new growth but after a month the plant starts to die off, Why? Your not feeding it right. your plants need to eat right. Almost all tanks need Liquid CO2,  the liquid CO2 will encourage growth and keep algae down. To go along with the liquid CO2 your plants need macro and micro nutrients. With out all of these your plants will wither and die off, which will then encourage algae to your tank.

NEUTRO have three Fertilisers all of which provide your tank with everything that your plants need

Neutro CO2, Neutro T and Neutro +

Check our other post on fertilisers here

 

What is so good about Neutro’s?

you have heard that your plants need food right? but what is the best food to give your plants, what would they like?

I’m here to tell you whats so good about Neutro’s and why you need to give it to your plants.

Firstly you need to know that there are three different Neutro fertilisers, you need to make sure you know what they are about and which ones are right for you.

To start with there is Neutro CO2. This is a liquid carbon fertiliser that is about a third of the strength of Pressurised CO2. Almost all tanks need liquid carbon, the only exception are and tanks that have plants that don’t like liquid carbon, such as Valliseria. Liquid carbon is a very important source of growth for plants. if you have plants in your tank that are living but aren’t growing and flourishing then you need to add liquid carbon.

neutro-co2

Secondly there is Neutro T. Neutro T provides your plants with the Trace elements that need to really flourish. Trace elements included are Boron, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum and Zinc. These micro nutrients are key for plant growth.

 

Lastly there is Neutro + now it is key that you use Neutro + if you have pressurised CO2 set up in your aquarium. It is important that you use Neutro + because this fertiliser not only has the Trace elements that plants need it also has the macro nutrients that pressurised CO2 removes from your tank. The macro nutrients are Potassium, Phosphorus and Nitrogen.

 

When using Neutro fertilisers it is important that you dose correctly. over or under dosing can cause algae issues in your tank.

CO2 = 5ml per 100L daily

T and + = 10ml per 100L daily

What are your thoughts about Neutro fertilisers? have you found them to be beneficial?

 

Do I really need fertilisers for my plants?

YES YOU DO!

So many newcomers to the hobby are blighted by poor information on the internet dated from years ago, and sadly it’s wrong. So I wanted to make it very very clear:

You cannot rely on fish waste for plant nutrition

If you rely on fish waste for nutrition, your plants will suffer a nutrient deficiency and algae will take hold. Now there are some plants (like vallis) which is like a weed and grows in almost nothing, providing water conditions are suitable. But I’m not talking about weed like plants. I’m talking about the plants sold on our website – the attractive potted one’s that look truly wonderful given the right fertilisers.

So please remember this, and spread the word. You have to give your plants nutrition, and that always comes in a bottle form.

Best Aquarium Fertiliser

Well this is a debatable one but like everything we sell we have preferences. These are based on quality of results and price and for something to be recommended as the best aquarium fertiliser, it’s got to stand above the others.

So I like products that are convenient and I’m sure you do, and also one’s that don’t hurt the pocket too much. Ideally you should be using a fertiliser that contains everything in one bottle – you don’t want to be faffing about with lots of different bottles, trying to work out which one you need today and how much you should be using. This just adds to the confusion and you don’t need that with a planted tank. After all it should be simple.

You also want a fertiliser in which you don’t feel like you’re worrying about the cost of, as you do need quite a lot of fertiliser when you’re running a planted tank, in particular a CO2 infused one.

So this narrows it down considerably. There aren’t many ferts that fit this bill in order to qualify as what i describe as the best aquarium fertiliser. So which one is it?
If you are running a planted tank which isn’t using pressurised CO2 then I am personally recommending Neutro T.

If you are using pressurised CO2 then I am recommending Neutro+.

In fact I recommend it so much that if you don’t get great results after using one of these products, I’ll give you your money back. Now which other retailers are that confident in the products the recommend?

 

The Best Aquarium Plant Fertilisers – Guaranteed

Another bold statement isn’t it. That’s because it’s true. These new fertilisers are THE BEST and I personally guarantee this.

These ferts have been a long time in the making. Feedback has been taken on board and the range has been simplified. After all keeping a planted aquarium is meant to be simple, uncomplicated and enjoyable. The last thing anyone needs is too many bottles of fertilisers in their cabinet and not remembering if you have dosed the right bottle or not.

So I proudly introduce the new range called Neutro. It’s simple and very effective and I know you will just love it. 3 different bottles, all available in sizes small (500ml), medium (1000ml) and large (2000ml). Details are as follows:

Neutro T – this is a trace element fertiliser that provides all the essential nutrients that a low tech planted aquarium would need. By the definition of low tech it means plants which are not injecting with pressurised CO2. If you dose as per recommended, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results. Add 5ml per 100L every day and you won’t go far wrong.

Neutro+ - this is a complete fertiliser that provides both trace and macro elements (NPK) and is designed for those who keep high tech planted aquariums. High tech by definition is CO2 injecting with moderate to high lighting. The great and most simple feature about this fertiliser is that all your nutrients are in one bottle – this makes dosing a dream. 10ml per 100L every 24 hours.

Neutro CO2 is a liquid source of carbon for the planted aquarium.For those of you not familiar with it, carbon is essential for all healthy plant growth and can be provided via gas, or  liquid. The liquid form is not as potent as the gas but is still very effective. It won’t make your plants pearl (this is when you see O2 bubbles coming from the plant) but it will help them grow. Plants that have access to liquid carbon will do far better than those without.

In addition to this, if you over dose Neutro CO2, it can have a negative effect on algae (it helps reduce it). However you need to take care when overdosing, and increase it slowly. Perhaps 25% extra, then monitor the results. We do not recommend more than double dose.

It is also possible to spot treat plants or wood that have algae growing on them. Simply by using a pipette and extracting some Neutro CO2, squirt the carbon onto the plant or wood when it is outside of the water. Wait for 10 minutes then put it back into the water. You can also do this when performing a water change (it’s easiest that way). Dosage is simple, add 5ml per 250L every day. It doesn’t matter what time of day you dose this product, but it does need to be added every 24 hours.

So it’s really simple. For low tech tanks (not using pressurised CO2) all you would need is Neutro T and Neutro CO2. For high tech tanks (those injecting with CO2) use Neutro+ and Neutro CO2. That’s all there is to it.

Tropica Premium and Specialised Fertilisers – which one for my tank?

With the launch of Tropica’s new range of products, I felt this would be a great time to introduce their fertilisers which I might add have always been of excellent quality. Using Tropica does not guarantee you results but it’s certainly a positive step in the right direction.

So to avoid confusion, if you have a planted aquarium that does not use pressurised CO2 you need

Tropica Premium Fertiliser

This recipe is based on aquariums that have a reasonable amount of fish relative to the number of plants. The liquid is orange and you need 5ml per 50L of water every week.

If you have a tank which used pressurised CO2, you need

Tropica Specialised Fertiliser

This fertiliser (coloured green) ensures it provides macronutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus into your tank which are key nutrients plants need and a high tech set up. Remember high tech = pressurised CO2 being used. Use at 5ml per 50L on a weekly basis but this is only a guide so you will need to tweak your dosage to suit.

Have you tried the new Tropica fertilisers yet? Let us know the results :)

 

Fertilisers in your tank

Yes I’ve been at it again so have posted my 3rd YouTube clip!! This new format takes a lot more time, but I feel it’s worth putting in the leg work. My editing is not the best but bare with me as I improve with experience. For those of you interested I’m using iMovie for editing but would like to invest in decent lighting, a background, HD camera and decent mic to avoid the sound delay.

I’m discussing fertilisers in the planted aquarium and which type you need for low tech and high tech tanks. I hope you enjoy the short clip and would appreciate any feedback.