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Is this the best aquarium substrate in the world?

It was only a matter of time before Tropica created a substrate that is PERFECT for growing plants.

Let’s face it, there’s no other company in the world that I would trust more than Tropica to create a product that grows plants better than anyone else. I mean, you only have to look at their plants to know about their attention to detail and quality. Others might come close but they are the leaders.

So let me introduce to you the new Tropica Aquarium Soil in both normal and powder grain size. This substrate is designed to be used on its own, no topping is required and nothing needs to go underneath it. Simply place on the bottom of your tank, and then plant directly into it, then fill with water. Easy as A,B,C.

The two types refer to the different grain sizes. Normal is 2-3mm in diameter and powder is a touch smaller at 1-2mm. So why have two sizes? Well normal is ideal for bigger tanks, and by bigger I mean 100L and up. If you have a smaller tank then choose powder as it looks better with the smaller grain size. In addition to that (and what I like to do) is if you have a 100L tank, use the normal type as your substrate and then use a smaller powder bag (available in 3L) and pour it around the bottom of your wood and rocks. This gives a really lovely transition and is very subtle.

And one more thing. The powder type is more suitable for smaller foreground plants as the grain size is better at anchoring them down and stops them from floating to the surface.

In terms of how much you need, 1 x 9L bag is suitable for 60L of water.

So all in all, I’m very excited about this substrate and know why even though it’s new in to us has already sold well.

This mistake cost me £23,525.89

Only joking but I did lose money. What am I talking about? Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants. Now I’ve been tweeting about this and a good friend of mine who runs APFUK knows about this too (check out his excellent website). But I wanted to share the love as they say and pass on this information. I’m probably helping out my rivals here but what goes around comes around…

If you receive your 1-2-Grow! plants and you’re not ready to plant them, you might be wondering what you can do with them to keep them fresh. I wasn’t sure and just left them on the shelf with some other dry goods. Some of them were perfect and stayed in great shape. Others didn’t do very well which was slightly depressing (especially in the heat). You see if plants are not in 100% health, they’re not sent. So yes we do lose money and I did lose a few bob on the 1-2-Grow! plants. Rather than just take the loss, I had to find out more. A short email to Claus at Tropica and he suggested I should put them in the fridge. Cool heh.

nice fridge…

So that’s what we do. My loss rate on them has dramatically gone down. One species in particular doesn’t seem too keen on it but the rest are A OK. So next time you’re wondering what shall I do with my Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants, stick em in the fridge.

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 🙂


Planted tank inspiration

Our good friend Mark Evans has created yet another inspiring aquascape and a beautifully presented video as well. I love watching clips like this, especially first thing in the morning as it sets the tone of the day immediately.

Mark is a hard worker. He tries a lot, experiments and this is proof of the hard work that he has put in and his dedication to the hobby. He’s doing wonders for the UK market and I hope it inspires you. If it does, tell me what you think!