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We at the Aquatic store pride ourselves in providing the highest quality potted aquatic plants, imported weekly from Holland and Germany .We carry a wide range of species including some harder to find bulb plants (Aponegeton and Nymphea species). We also cater for the dedicated aquascapers providing a large range of carpeting plants, midground and background species. 

Aquarium plants serve as an indicator of water quality, provide the essential basis for healthy fish and are the key to effectively functioning aquatic environments.
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We have over 22 feet of plants for sale around 400 pots . We care about quality and do not sell cheap bunched plants .








 We can help you through the process of setting up a stunning planted aquarium. We have all the tools available to help create the aquascape youve always dreamed of. We can talk through the initial planting process, CO2, fertilisers, substrates and all about the plants and how the will grow and adapt into your aquarium. 



Our dedicated team of staff are here to help with every aspect of planted aquariums. We offer a huge range of planted products to ensure your planted aquarium will always look at its best! We have the full range of Easy Life fertilisers in store from Profito (A complete weekly fertiliser), Easy Carbo (Liquid CO2 Daily dosage), Nitro (Nitrates for densly planted aquariums) and many more. CO2 Kits for all sizes of planted aquarium from 10 - 600l. We offer Aerosol based systems and Pressurised, both disposable and re-fillable. We also have a range of Glassware if your looking for that really special minimalist look! 
We also have of huge range of planting substrates including Dennerle quartz gravel and the full range of jbl soils. We have all substrates on display so you can see exactly how they will look in your HOME .


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Takashi Amano, from Japan, was the first person to turn the idea of creating impressive overwater landscapes, such as a mountain chain complete with forests and meadows, into reality underwater, in around 1992. Amano is a gifted photographer and he titled his first book of these breathtaking aquarium pictures “Plant Paradises Underwater”, with the subtitle “Japanese Gardens in the Aquarium”. This was really when  Aquascaping, which can be translated as “water design”, was born.        
Inspired by Amano, aquarists began to turn their own ideas and impressions of overwater landscapes into reality for aquariums. Aquariums were being created which made people stop and stare. Soon, however, there were more and more scapes with similar mountain and meadow landscapes (known as Iwagumi) and the search went on for new ideas. Traditional Aquascaping began to split into different schools. There were the followers of entirely plant-based aquariums creating underwater gardens (plantscaping) and there were the fans of mountains and meadows and other overwater landscapes, such as pine forests and mountainsides with cacti, who continued to lovingly craft these landscapes underwater.  And then came the criticism that this no longer had anything to do with appropriate fish keeping; the fish were cruising over “meadows” like airplanes in the sky. There were often no hideaways for the fish to retreat into and along came the idea of “Biotope Aquatics”:
Biotope is another word for living space and that’s exactly what biotope scaping is about: reproducing natural living spaces underwater. The aquarist looks out information about the biotope he or she is interested in (books and magazines, internet) and then procures the “ingredients” needed for the chosen aquarium interior. Attention is also paid to whether the fish, invertebrates and plants in the aquarium really occur together in the original biotope. Cultivated species of fish and plants are not used, because these are never of natural origin. While it would not be difficult to reproduce a true tropical river biotope with its brown water, no plants, wood at the sides and fine substrate, covered in fallen leaves. This is the fascination: The scaper attempts to make these features attractive, which is not always easy!



EQUIPMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL AQUASCAPING

Being a ProScaper will bring different requirements to being an average aquarist: You will be caring for more and also more demanding plants and you will have fewer fish to look after in your aquarium. And precisely this is where the main differences to “normal” community tanks lie: In a community tank the fish stock is generally higher and as a result is more highly fed. Thus a certain amount of macronutrients like nitrogen in the form of nitrates, and phosphorus in the form of phosphates is added. In a plant-based aquarium these nutrients are often scarce and need to be added separately (NPK fertilizer).  In a community tank this would lead to an over-fertilization and is thus unnecessary. You can use tests to determine the individual fertilizer components in the water and thus adjust the dosage exactly for your aquarium.
Every ProScaper needs the right tools to work on their aquarium. There are also big differences to consider when choosing the substrates: Aquascapers use special burnt soils. For aquascape aquariums without invertebrates there are soils full of plant nutrients (JBL ProScape PlantSoil). For aquariums with invertebrates there is a second soil type, which is identical to JBL PlantSoil, except that it contains NO additional fertilizer.



SAND, GRAVEL OR SOIL – WHATS'S BEST?


Aquarists wanting to aquascape will need to rethink their substrate: sand or gravel are here only suitable for decorative purposes, where no plants are to be put in. Instead so-called soils are used for a strong and perfect plant growth. Before the soil is put in, a foundation of lava granulate (JBL ProScape Volcano Mineral) is formed. This becomes firmly interlocked due to its porous surface structure and so forms a stable basis for bigger rock constructions and root wood. If the aquascaper tried to add these without a foundation and put the stones and roots directly onto the soil, they would slip through the soft soil to the bottom glass. The highly porous lava rock also causes a loosening of the soil and a perfect circulation with water and nutrients.
Almost every aquascaper swears by soil, and there’s a good reason for this: unlike sand or gravel, soil is loaded with nutrients. It is this high nutrient content which promotes the strong plant growth that is aimed for, even with very demanding aquarium plants, such as lawn builders.
No one can deny that soil requires a further care measure: For the first 7 days a daily partial water change up to 80% has to be carried out. The main reason is the possible release of ammonium (NH4) into the water.
JBL ProScape Soils have merited extra praise from leading aquascapers because they keep their harder consistence and don’t become soft (muddy). This is a result of a unique double soil burning process.
In order to provide shrimp fans with a selection of soils too, JBL has developed two soil ranges: the JBL ProScape Plant Soils which, as described above, have been loaded with micro and macronutrients, and a second range: the JBl ProScape Shrimp Soils, which are identical to the Plant Soils, except that they are NOT loaded with nutrients. So the shrimp fans have all the advantages of the burned soil but no additional fertilization, as with the pure aquascaping aquariums.
A further significant advantage of all JBL soil types is the softening effect. Both plants and shrimps (and many fish species) prefer slightly acidic and soft waters. The JBL ProScape Soil range reduces both the GH (general hardness) and the KH (carbonate hardness) and slightly acidifies the aquarium water. This creates a perfect water environment for animals and plants.



FERTILIZATION IS NOT JUST FERTILIZATION

Unlike in natural waters, aquariums with fish mostly have a surplus of nutrients caused by feeding and the resulting fish excrement. Thus nitrates and phosphates in large (often too large!) quantities are available for the plants. Nevertheless CO2 (carbon dioxide), iron (Fe), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) and further trace elements need to be supplied. JBL Ferropol was designed for this purpose. Caused by the low animal stock (and therefore the low food quantity) in a scaped aquarium there are other conditions : the nitrates (N) and phosphates (P) which are otherwise introduced through feeding and excrement have to be added through fertilizers.



Why should we use Co2 in planted aquarium tank?

Carbon dioxide (CO2) play an important role in plant growth by supplying most of the carbon the plants need. Plants use it to build the basic carbon structures from which all plant material is made and it represents 40% of the plant’s dry weight. Without sufficient CO2, plants cannot photosynthesize and convert inorganic carbon into sugars.

You can grow plants without CO2 supplementation but, if you want vigorous plant growth and luxurious foliage with little or no algae, a good supply of carbon is essential. Under two Watts of light per Gallon, your fish usually supply enough Co2 for the plant to grow but, if the light levels are increased, the growth will be limited by a lack of CO2.
With more than two Watts of light per Gallon, it becomes necessary to increase CO2 because high lighting drives the plants to uptake more CO2 and nutrients. It actually works like a car; the faster you go, the more gas you use. Increasing the lights would have the same results as reducing CO2 and nutrients. It’s all linked together so if you increase one, you must increase the others or you will run out of « fuel ».



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