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Which Freshwater Aquarium Plants Should I Use

by Clifford Woods
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Vegetation in freshwater fish tanks makes it look fantastic and live, especially when properly lighted. They not only enhance the appearance of your aquarium, but also help with the all round natural stability of your tank's environment. 

Much like plants above water, they help in the removing carbon dioxide and increase oxygen. Furthermore, they also assist in sustaining the chemical harmony of your tank's water by decreasing nitrate quantities.


Needless to say, proper care needs to be taken when adding any new component into a fish tank. With vegetation for freshwater fish tanks, exceptional care must be taken in the decision process to make sure that there are absolutely no unwanted effects to the fish, other plants, or the purification system due to their introduction.

To guarantee the best selection, get your plant life from a reliable supplier like a local fish shop; preferably one you know well. The plants should seem healthy at first glance. Any sort of wilting or abnormal browning may be indications of an incorrectly maintained plant or even a contaminated plant.

There are a few main types of plants that you can get for freshwater fish tanks. They are as follows:

Ferns and Mosses
Ferns and mosses can thrive with no need for a complicated root system. Therefore they are able to attach themselves to specific things like stones, decorations and practically any substrate present within your aquarium. These are non-blooming and supply great cover leaves for fish searching for a hiding place.

Stem Plants
Stem plants are a type of flowering plant; however they have a tendency to grow in a far more vertical manner than rosette plants which will be discussed below. These stem plants are ideal for setting up a forest-like background for your fish tank. It is advisable that you put them to the back of the aquarium, providing a beautiful background without hindering your view into the fish tank.

Rosette Plants
Rosette plants are thought to be great decorative plants. Varieties within this group will exhibit a fantastic array in colors. These will require special focus in the way they are attached into your substrate, as their root system is far more extensive than the roots of ferns. With this kind of plant life you should make sure you have a double layer of substrate in your tank. 

A two inch base level needs to be applied specifically to deal with the nutritional requirements of this type of plant. Laterite is a red tropical soil and is extremely ideal for plants with extensive roots. Over the nutritional level of the substrate, a one inch covering on top of the substrate, of your preference, can be used.

Regardless of the variety of vegetation that you choose to put in your fish tank; you should supply sufficient illumination for their photosynthesis procedures to easily take place. 

Furthermore, it is advisable to be on the lookout for algae breakouts as algae compete with your vegetation for nutrients. Be sure that you eliminate any algae development from the sides of the aquarium. If algae are located on the plants themselves, softly scrub the afflicted plants to get rid of the algae. 

A probiotic aquarium solution with beneficial microorganisms would be a good option for algae control and will not harm your plants. 

Finally, if the plants are growing out of your aquarium, do prune them to keep them at a controllable and decent size. Plants for freshwater fish tanks do not need to be frustrating to deal with as quite a few beginner fish tank fans often consider them to be. 

With a little research and using the basic maintenance guideline as above, anyone can take pleasure in the visual elegance and environmental assistance which only live plant life can offer.


Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly Products

 


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