Scaper's Soil consists of 100% natural raw materials. Made from various carefully chosen, natural soils, it supplies all the essential minerals and trace elements that aquarium plants require each day. The irregularly shaped grains with a diameter of 1 to 4 mm give the substrate a particularly natural effect. Its loose structure permits optimum flow through the substrate and plants can take root well. Scaper’s Soil provides the perfect basis for healthy, strong plant growth and vibrant colours. Mosses also benefit from this and show this in the form of compact growth and rich green leaflets. The deep black colour provides an intense, vivid contrast with the bright green of the plants.
Scaper’s Soil effectively prevents algae growth for three reasons:
- The special nutrient formula – means that the nutrients primarily benefit the plants rather than the algae.
- The nutrient buffer function: as in a battery, surplus nutrients are taken from the water and only released to the plants when necessary.
- The strong promotion of plant growth – because healthily growing aquatic plants are the strongest opponents of algae.
Scaper’s Soil has active ion exchange properties. As a result it reduces the pH value and stabilises it at a slightly acidic level (approx. 6.0-6.5). At the same time, it reduces the carbonate hardness – down to close to 0 °d CH depending on the water source – and thus makes the water considerably softer. It also serves as a natural source of humic and fulvic acids, without discolouring the water. This means Scaper’s Soil creates water values that many tropical aquarium plants and fish are accustomed to in their natural habitat. Soft, slightly acidic water is, for example, ideal for most South American ornamental fish such as neon tetra, scalars and discus.
Despite the soft water, Scaper’s Soil is also safe to use in combination with CO2 fertilisation, as the pH value is stabilised by the soil. Scaper’s Soil ensures crystal clear water and healthy living conditions. The porous surface provides the ideal substrate for the colonisation of important cleansing bacteria. This means the entire substrate becomes a huge bio-filter. In this way it creates the optimum conditions for effective biological self-cleaning and consequently for the best possible water quality. At the same time the soil absorbs numerous harmful substances directly from the water. The granulate is twice-baked and therefore also has lasting water stability.