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Nutrient primer and substrate in the aquarium: features of choice

Everyone knows that plants need nutrients for growth and aquarium plants are no exception. Some plants are enough to obtain nutrients from the water of the aquarium, which are formed in the process of life of fish and other populations, but most still eat with the help of the root system.

It happens that people install powerful lighting in the aquarium, the CO2 system, and the plants do not grow. This is a very common problem for newbies aquarists who hope that in their pebbled soil and recently launched aquarium, plants will grow without additional feeding.

1. Progress does not stand still, and the manufacturers are trying every year to make life easier for aquarists by inventing new technologies. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with nutritional substrates for aquariums, they contain all the necessary macro and microelements for good growth of your plants.

Substrates are well balanced in nutrients, have a long service life and do not change the pH of the water.

Nutritional substrates are ideal for beginners, because they are inexpensive, provide a good start for plants from the moment you start the aquarium and are the most convenient form of fertilizer for your can. Depending on the manufacturer, the substrate can be from 1 to 3 cm high, this is always indicated on the packaging, it is poured into an empty aquarium and the most common soil is laid on top of it.

Nutritional substrate allows you to admire the beautiful green plants in your tank for very little money. Good lighting and nutritional substrate will help grow even the most fastidious and delicate species of plants.

2. Nutrient soil for the aquarium is another step forward from the manufacturers of aquarium accessories. Nutrient primer differs from the substrate in that it does not need to interfere, it is already a fully prepared, full-fledged mixture for your plants.

Nutritious soil possess very long service life. In addition to their main purpose – the supply of nutrients to the roots, they may have secondary properties.

For example, some expensive soils can soften water for plants and adjust pH parameters.

Nutritious soil contain a full complex of the mineral fertilizers providing a good nutrition of plants from the moment of start of an aquarium. As a rule, nutrient soils are more expensive than substrates, this option is more suitable for experienced aquarists with large herbalists or for herbalists with rare and exotic plants.

Nutrient soils are poured into an empty aquarium, with a layer height of 4-6 cm for the normal development of the root system of most plant species.

Nutrient soils and nutrient substrates are probably the best solution for today to fertilize aquarium plants and ensure a quick start in their growth. But to some aquarists, they are not available either at a price or they are not available for sale at the nearest pet stores.

On the Internet, I met the views of various people on the use of flower blend of high and low peat and biohumus instead of nutritious substrates. Some craftsmen even used a substrate from the “garden” ground.

Before you repeat the experiences of these people, listen to my opinion – DO NOT DO THIS!

All the aquarium soil is heat treated to 700 degrees Celsius, as a result of this, all harmful and non-harmful microorganisms and parasites are destroyed, while most of the flower land from the store is not processed, and even more so the land from the vegetable garden. When using such land in an aquarium, you have a chance to bring into it a whole bunch of unpleasant parasites and diseases that can be harmful not only to plants and fish, but also to humans!

If your nearest pet store does not sell nutrient pads for an aquarium, then make an order in the online store and they will deliver it to you by sending it, it will be more expensive, but you will get exactly what you wanted!

If you do not have the money to purchase nutrient soil for the aquarium, then use other, cheaper types of feeding aquarium plants, the benefit is currently in pet stores selling a great many.

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