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  • 'The Secret of the Ooze' by Jai Greeves LCA Comp 2021

    Plant Maintenance

    3 min read

    Planted aquariums can be a beautiful addition to your home, but the plants require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best.
    The thing about aquatic plants is that you can’t prune them continuously and expect new shoots. Aquatic plant species are always in the process of shedding old growth to put energy into new shoots and leaves. If you trim the top of your stem plants to keep them short, eventually those old stems might not provide any new growth as they will be too far-gone to do much of anything.
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    'Great Northern' by Ryan Winnell LCA Planted Tank Comp 2021

    Algae in Low Tech Tank

    3 min read

    So - you’ve started a new planted aquarium, it’s cycling away, you’ve put in some plants and hardscape and everything is looking great.
    Then one day you look in to admire your hard work and there is algae on your leaves, diatoms on your substrate, and generally things just look like a huge mess.
    Your immediate reaction will be to make some changes to your lighting, or your fertilisation, or throw in some algaecide, maybe mess with some other parameters you feel might be the root of the issue.
    But wait! Sometimes the key to beating algae is to simply just wait it out.
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    When is the best time to start dosing your aquarium with plant fertiliser

    When is the best time to start dosing your aquarium with fertiliser?

    1 min read

    Have you put any plants in your aquarium? Then start dosing!
    Even if you have a nutrient-rich substrate, such as aquasoil or a DIY dirted solution, you need to dose liquid fertiliser to your water column. 
    Why is that? These enriched substrates do hold a lot of nutrients and will be leeching ammonia and/or nitrates for the first few weeks after setting up your aquarium, but won’t be doing so at a rate sufficient for your plants’ needs. These substrates typically don’t supply enough potassium or micronutrients in the early stages either.
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