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When you're setting your tank up and introducing some fish, you will need to add some plants to the tank, not only does it enhance the attractiveness of the tank, but they are beneficial to the fish as well. After all we live in houses with nice things around us and that is what your fish wants too!
You can buy plastic plants but my opinion is you wouldn't buy plastic fish to put in your tank so why would you want to buy plastic plants? If you feed your plants with food then they will last just as long as plastic ones.
A good advantage of having real plants is that the plants will use and feed on the Nitrates in your aquarium. If the nitrates levels get too high it will have a bad effect on the fish and can cause environmental stress and cause disease.
I think most people forget or don't bother to feed the plants and this is why they don't grow very well!
New wave's plant feed is the perfect product for keeping your plants healthy and they will grow and grow and grow.
To grow successful healthy plants you will need a good substrate at the bottom of the tank for you plants to be planted in and for them to spread their roots in. I use gravel that can be brought at an aquatics shop which they do charge a lot for, or you can go to a local builders merchants. As long as the gravel is clean it will be ok.
New wave's plant feed has all the nutrients your plants need to grow big and strong and for £3.99 for a bottle that will last for 6 months, I say it's worth it. It's available from most aquatic shops and there are lots of brands available that will do the same job.
To add the food to the water, calcuate how many drops you need per gallon of water. I add 20 drops for a 40 gallon tank. The liquid is green but the colour soon disappears when in the water. I add the food every other week and when I do a water change.
It contains Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, Boron, Phosphorous, Calcium, Nitrogen, Zinc, Sulfur and Potassium.
Some of these elements are found naturally in tap water such as calcium but the plant fertiliser will ensure that your plants get enough of all the elements needed.
The only downside to using a fertiliser is that if you add too much there will be alot of "uneaten" plant food in the water which cause algae to grow in your tank. so getting the amount right is vital.
As well as adding plant feeder to the water you should also ensure that you have a good lamp for the plants to get enough light to photosynthesis.
So fish keepers, don't let your plants starve. You wouldn't let your fish starve would you?