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    Tips for growing plants

    Tips for growing plants

     

    Its a cold snowy day here in Calgary. No work to do on any of our tanks, baby is down for a nap. So why not make a coffee, sit down and blog about something. We get questions about growing plants in our aquariums. More specifically "how do I create a lush aquascape like the one I found on the internet". Well, its not easy but here is a few tips.

    Make a goal. Decide if you're a plants first person or if you're more into creatures. Off course you can usually add plants to most aquariums, but some fish might not be compatible with your aquascape or chosen plants. Diggers and snackers! Plants are generally very adaptable but most prefer softer water.

    1. Plant heavy at the start. More plants to suck up the excess nutrients released by aquasoils at start up. This will also help reduce algae in your tank and your scape will grow in faster.

    2. Light. This can be tricky to balance. Too much and algae issues can happen, not enough and light won't be able to penetrate your water column to the substrate. This is a blog post in itself... Learn about PAR in aquariums, just google it. Our tip, balance the amount of light with nutrients/CO2 and plant requirements. Often if an aquarium is maintained with regular water changes and excess nutrients/CO2, less light will be required for plant growth. Something always limits plant growth, light is your limiting factor with this method.

    3. Aquasoil. It comes loaded with nutrients for plants! One of the benefits of aquasoil is its ability to encourage colonization of bacteria with grain size and porosity, reducing anaerobic areas. Another benefit of aquasoil is its ability to hold nutrients (CEC).

    4. Fertilizers. In a heavily planted tank, nutrients need to be added. Consider this when balancing your tank. All in one fertilizers are great, there's no need to have several different bottles of nitrogen, potassium or whatever. Deficiencies can be difficult to pin point anyway.

    5. CO2! Its part of photosynthesis, should be enough said. Tissue culture plants will adapt to your tank 100x better with injected CO2.

    6. Water change. Many algae issues are caused by excess nutrients, specifically ammonia. Depending on your fertilization method up to 50% every week. Balance your aquarium and find out what works best for your tank.

    7. Over filter your tank and keep it clean. Lots of water flow to get nutrients, CO2 and O2 to to all areas for the aquarium. Keeps the plants happy and limits algae's ability to get a foot hold.  A bigger filter will have lots of beneficial bacteria to keep your tank cycled and stable. 5x -10x turnover of tank volume is enough.

    8. Trim stem plants. Once your stem plants are established and growing well, trim close to the substrate and replant the tops. Each trimmed stem will grow an additional stem. Do this several times and your original stem will start to resemble a candelabrum. We suggest trimming low in the aquarium or behind wood or stone out of view, for the best looking bush.

    9. Hoard Hardscape. Just can't have enough sticks and stones when the urge to scape hits. Options are nice!

    10. Rule of thirds.  Same as in many other art forms, we want our aquascape to be visually appealing. This is creating imaginary lines on the front of your aquarium. Or actually draw lines with white board markers.  You would get three vertical lines and three horizontal lines, evenly spaced. The lines intersect where you want to create focal points with driftwood, stones, plants etc. This also applies to the bottom of your aquarium as you aquascape front to back.  

    11. Aquascaping tools. Tweezers are essential when planting small stem plants and carpeting plants, especially if you have smaller tank. Curved scissors are nice for trimming. But unless you have to get into hard to reach areas a small set of utility scissors will do the job. Stainless steel is the preferred metal, it is wet after all! A couple old towels to mop up spills and to protect wood floors is a good idea too.

    Sounds like I have to go...

    Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We're in the deep freeze!

    We're in the deep freeze!

    As many of our customers know, we take great care in getting you your plants in the best condition possible. We use insulated boxes, heat packs and recommend the fastest shipping method possible. Or at least a shipping time of less than three days.

    Flex delivery from Canada post is a great option. Or UPS access point may also be a good option depending on shipping time to your location. Both services hold your package at a location for you to pick up. This reduces the amount of time your package will be exposed to freezing temperatures.

    We have been very successful with this method since we started our business. We've shipped thousands of plants with only a few frozen boxes. Most of the frozen boxes were lost or delayed in shipping. Can't be perfect every time!

    We're very adverse to risk. Most of our plants are premium quality, and we believe that you the customer should get top quality plants delivered to your door. We will not gamble with your hard earned money. Simply, it comes down to, we get you your plants or we can't. For this reason we have an all or nothing shipping policy. Play by our rules and we will get you your plants with a 100% DOA guarantee. Our shipping policy changes bit depending on season, so have a look at our shipping policy before ordering.

    When we have temperatures lower than -20C in Calgary or at the final destination we will hold your order until the next shipping day. Hopefully the temperature improves. Of course we will send an email to update our affected customers.

    As always we're here to help. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, especially questions related to winter shipping. 

    Best

    The Wet Leaf Team

    New UPS rates! Canada Post not recommended for live plants right now.

    New UPS rates! Canada Post not recommended for live plants right now.

    The postal strike is over, but packages are moving slow! To slow for plants! A busy online shopping season combined with a back log of mail from the postal strike is resulting in Canada post not being able to meet their delivery standard.

    As many of you know, this time of year the best insurance for shipping live plants is fast shipping. Less time spent in transit reduces the chance that plants will be exposed to freezing temperatures. Of course we monitor the weather before shipping and use insulated boxes and heat packs as needed. But this doesn't buy a lot of time, heat packs only last so long and we live in Canada. It can get cold here!

    Canada post has been our primary shipper since we started up The Wet Leaf and once everything is sorted out we'll be using them again. This will likely be in the new year. But currently we do not recommend Canada post for live plants.  For other items Canada post is an option, if you don't mind waiting.

    We have added UPS as an option for shipping! Thats the good news. When choosing a UPS rate pick a shipping method that will take no more than 2-3 days. Remember faster is better for live plants!

    TWL

    FAQs

    FAQs

    Got a question?

    We're always here to help, contact us with all your questions. Or try our FAQs page for a quicker answer. 

    Postal Strike. But we're still shipping!

    Postal Strike. But we're still shipping!

    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has issued strike notice to Canada Post. It looks like a random rotating strike of various postal facilities. A Lock Out notice can still be issued by Canada Post. This potentially could stop the movement of all mail.

    Because of this we will not be shipping live plants through Canada Post until an agreement is reached. BUT...

    We have been preparing for this for the last while and have set up other shipping options with Purolator and UPS. These will not show up online yet.

    Check out how you normally would as per our shipping policy, Express post or faster for live plants. At check out if you choose a Canada post rate we will ship via courier. Actually, we have been upgrading shipping on most orders for the last couple weeks.

    We can not ship to PO Boxes or Flex delivery addresses at this time.

     

    If you're looking for the most up to date info check out these links.

    https://www.cupw.ca/en

    https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/comm/list.page?ecid=murl%7Cddn%7Clr%7C5

     

    The Wet Leaf Team