Introduce Fertilizers For a Planted Aquarium.
When aquatic plants are growing, they will consume nutrients in the water. These nutrients are group into two categories: Macro-nutrients and Micro-nutrients. Most common mistakes made new beginners is they thought plants die because lack of nutrient. In fact, CO2 and light is MUCH MORE important!
Macro-nutrients are those which plants need in large amount. Macro-nutrients consists of nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). If you been reading my previous Q&A section, hopefully you already know where does nitrogen comes from. As fish produce ammonia, bio-filter bacteria will convert ammonia to nitrite, and other bio-filter bacteria will convert nitrite to nitrate.
Excess of Phosphorus in aquarium will lead to serious algae problem. So P is not recommended to dose.
Potassium is an important nutrient, so you would most probably gonna dose it.
They include Boron, Calcium, Chloride, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Sulfur, Zinc. Micro-nutrients are found in small amount in tap water, so in normal condition, it isn’t necessary to dose. But with improved plant growth, these nutrients will be quickly depleted from the water, and plants will suffer.
Overdose nutrient kill your life stocks!
Common household fertilizers for garden use contain thousands of unknown ingredients! Unless you know what you are doing, DO NOT add any of these fertilizers to your aquarium.
Fertilizer that i used before:
Thanks for reading!