Fertilizer for aquatic plants

Discussion in 'Plant Fertilizers' started by Alcmiller, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. AlcmillerValued MemberMember

    So I've got some plans on doing some aquascaping in a 10 gallon over this coming summer. I plan on just using a few plants to get a grasp on things like some Java fern, either java moss or dwarf hairgrass for a carpet, and some vals.

    I've been doing research on a few of these plants and I've seen mentions of using some sort of fertilizer below the substrate to see the best results... But I have no idea if there's special fertilizer for this or something else.

    I guess I'm just wondering if using fertilizer for these plants is required and if so what kinds/brands should I consider?

    Thanks all.:)
  2. ilikefishValued MemberMember

    Its not required for java moss val or fava fern as they are not very demanding plants and they should grow well even in low light conditions.

    Now the dwarf hairgrass is a different story, It is more demanding and most likely would need to have fertilizers and/or CO2 with decent lighting to see significant growth (if any).

    Hope this helps your adventure. Don't back down make it happen and add pictures when you doo!


  3. AlcmillerValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the help mate, I plan on getting this tank up and running mid May and am very excited to share the results with everyone. I might even do some weekly vlogging of it ;)

  4. navyscubaWell Known MemberMember

    I use just the Fluorish fert liquid and every 6 months tabs and it looks like a jungle. haha Good for the shrimps.

  5. _Fried_Bettas_Well Known MemberMember

    I run 2 tanks with 2 watts/gallon of lighting, ferts, and Excel. At this level of lighting the dwarf hairgrass slowly died. If you want to grow this plant you will need higher lighting. The other plants will grow under almost any condition including low light and no ferts (as long as you have fairly normal tap water).
  6. AlcmillerValued MemberMember

    Thanks Navy, I've seen mention of tablets and fluids to put into the tank before, it's a great suggestion I'll look into some more. Gotta love google eh? =P

    LetDiceFly, Thanks for the info on the dwarf Hairgrass. It's a beautiful plant but the more I hear about it the more it sounds like it could require some real investment (Co2 system, lighting). I just gotta decide if it's worth it to me or not.
  7. NejiValued MemberMember

    That's what I use too :) Do your plants stay green and healthy?
  8. navyscubaWell Known MemberMember

    Yeap only when I put them into a new tank that is not planted is when they go into a stage of adjustment but they grow out of it in around a week.
  9. ilikefishValued MemberMember

    PS a CO2 system is not required... you could DIY for dirt cheap... though there are a few drawbacks but other than that...
  10. AlcmillerValued MemberMember

    I decided to go all out for this tank, I don't want to be limited with just low-light plants. So I'll be trying out various DIY CO2 systems and lighting systems to stay within a decent budget. perttty excited ^_^
  11. ilikefishValued MemberMember

    Lights... $4.65 Wallmart compact flourecent 10 watts... $1.97 socket adapter for an outlet $2.65 for an extension cord with 3 outlets.

    DIY CO2. $.99 3 litter soda bottle... $1.99 extra airline hosing $4.99 10lb bag of sugar (last a long time!) $3.99 1year yeast supply...
  12. AlcmillerValued MemberMember

    ;) already been scoutin' it all out. Thanks ilikefish.
  13. ilikefishValued MemberMember

    nice! and np. Goodluck!
  14. NejiValued MemberMember

    Oh I see.
  15. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    I currently have Anubia's, Java Moss, Japanese Marimo Balls in low light and no fertilizers and they are all doing very well.

  16. NejiValued MemberMember

    I hear those plants don't ask for much :) but will fertilizer help them grow faster? or is it just better that they grow at their own pace without any fertilizers.

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