|WHY SUPPLEMENT AQUATIC PLANTS?
Without supplementation, deficiencies in certain plant nutrients occur. Symptoms of nutrient deficiency include lack of growth, poor coloration, yellow leaves, and leaf loss. Plant supplements provide vital nutrients to simplify aquarium plant care and help keep plants lush and healthy. There are several nutrients essential to plant health and growth. Major plant nutrients, also called macronutrients, include:
NITROGEN (N) Helps increase growth potential and improves leaf health
PHOSPHORUS (P) Aids in photosynthesis and helps accelerate plant growth
POTASSIUM (K) Helps develop healthy stems and roots
Essential minor plant nutrients and trace elements include:
CALCIUM (Ca) Helps build plant strength and helps with nutrient absorption
MAGNESIUM (Mg) Encourages healthy growth and increases plant coloration
SULFUR (S) Helps improve root and plant growth
BORON (B) Aids in plant's ability to use nutrients
COPPER (Cu) Aids in reproduction and root metabolism
CHLORIDE (Cl) Aids plant metabolism
TIPS FOR PLANT HEALTH
Observe your aquarium plants for signs of nutrient deficiencies. Look for transparent or yellowed leaves, holes in the leaves, malformed leaves, or general lack of growth.
If you use reverse osmosis water, replenish essential minerals removed during the RO process with a re-mineralizing RO water conditioner.
Tap water tends to contain certain plant nutrients. Before supplementation, test source water for nitrogen compounds and phosphate to prevent over-supplementation.
Closely monitor water quality and perform regular water changes.
Use liquid supplements and tablets to ensure a proper balance of plant nutrients.
Avoid over-supplementation. More is not always better.