HOW TO ensure a thriving planted aquarium or terrarium
HOW TO ensure a thriving planted aquarium or terrarium: “Thrive”, as a word could easily be a subject of debate. For a farmer, it is a high yield, while for an aquarist it would be an aesthetically appealing planted tank. Or, for say it is equally important for beautiful terrarium concepts. For sure, a planted tank owner should be more focused on the desired results than the volume growth of the plant. In certain cases, the volume growth of plants could be an indication of an imbalanced tank.
A thriving planted tank is all about the balanced ecosystem that comes from balanced inputs. Apart from soil and water, the three basic inputs of a planted tank are light, carbon, and plant nutrients. Anything more or less makes an imbalanced tank and an imbalanced tank won’t thrive or, being accurate, “aesthetically appealing”! For example, No CO2 input is for low-tech planted tanks, and so is Low-Light. High Light in a low-tech planted tank could represent weird results. Another example is too much nutrient or light which could facilitate algal growth. On another side, too much chemical input may increase the plant’s growth, but is that truly the objective of the planted tank owner? Not at all increasing, the plant growth should be, as the aquarist doesn’t work for increasing the yield from a planted tank. This again zero down to a balanced supply of plant nutrients or fertilizers.
The catch is that fertilizers are easy supplies till stock lasts. That said, a purely chemical-based fertilizer could give good plant growth until these inputs are not stopped. Such planted tanks are non-sustainable tanks. In a non-sustainable tank, it is also important that macro and micro fertilizers are supplied at a minimum gap of a few hours. This is to make sure that these two types of inputs don’t react together (remember, these are chemicals!). This could be a probable reason why macro and micro fertilizers are packed separately.
OZPOLISH Bio-Scape takes a very different route with the objective to participate in the formation of a sustainably planted tank. It is a promising alternative to any chemical-based planted aquarium fertilizer. It is an all-in-one, broad-spectrum fertilizer that has macronutrients, micronutrients, nutrient-fixing bacteria, and some other organic compounds. Though it contains little quantity of nitrogen (than a pure macro fertilizer) this is so to bypass any risk of any internal chemical reaction. The nutrient-fixing bacteria present in OZPOLISH Bio-Scape include nitrogen-fixing bacteria, photosynthetic bacteria, and phosphate solubilizing bacteria.
The nitrogen-fixing bacteria naturally provide a continual supply of nitrogen (without the need for chemical inputs!). The photosynthetic bacteria (PSBs) use sunlight, organic wastes, and harmful gases to produce complex, yet more useful compounds that plant needs for their growth and good health. PSBs assist the formation of plant-friendly microbes on the roots by creating a microbial ecosystem inside the tank. The phosphate solubilizing bacteria solubilize insoluble phosphate and stimulate the growth of new leaves. OZPOLISH Bio-Scape also has humic acid that not only keeps the water soft but also provides protection to water plants and animals against infections.
Out of many, one of the advantages of a sustainably planted tank is that it is well maintained even during the vacation of 2-3 weeks (this may need a reduced photoperiod though!). So is also one of the benefits of OZPOLISH Bio-Scape. The disadvantage of the OZPOLISH Bio-Scape is that it has an unpleasing smell. But this is due to the presence of the nutrient-fixing bacteria and the absence of any preservative.
In a nutshell, if all the input supplies are more-natural and balanced, a sustainable tank could be established. A sustained planted tank is beautiful and thriving.