Aquarium Bulbs

By · Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Aquarium Bulbs

Lighting is important if you want your plants to grow successfully. They need 12-14 hours of light each day, like in nature. Opinions vary much about how living plants need light, but typically 3.5 watts per gallon works well. CFLs and par 20, 50-watt halogen bulbs both do the job right, so experiment with different types of lighting to see what works best for your plants.

The plants also need adequate nutrients to stay healthy and green. Everything works together in a well-planned aquarium, to keep power plants is a difficult prospect. Nutrients feed the plants come from the fish in the tank – you can add more if needed. Fertilization is also very easy because the plants are able to use fish waste, naturally, as a fertilizer. You can add a commercial fertilizer when you change the water but it is usually best to follow the "less is more" philosophy when it comes to pay their plants. Too much fertilizer can cause problems with algae growth in the tank, and you can always add more if needed.

What about water temperature? Most aquatic plants thrive in water temperatures between 72F and 78f. The pH also is important – a pH of 6.8 to 7.8 is ideal.

Snails are another natural components that help the overall health of aquatic environments. Snails clean food plants and small algae, and crawling through the leaves and foliage. However, some snails can cause problems. Ramshorn, Pond, and other species eat the leaves instead of cleaning them, and can cause unwanted damage. Fortunately, it is very easy to remove pesky snails. Simply place the lettuce leaves in the top of the aquarium to attract snails – remove everything with a network once all the snails have been collected in the pieces of lettuce.

Before placing new plants in your aquarium, rinse with warm water to remove insects you do not want to invade the aquarium. Healthy plants have strong roots and leaves of signature, so this is what you should look for when purchasing aquatic plants. Avoid plants that give off a strange smell, especially the bulbs, as this is an indication that the plant not healthy and can not grow properly once placed in your tank.

The younger plants are generally better suited to transplantation, so keep this in mind as well. Although plants you buy will need a period of time to adjust, and may lose some leaves, do not panic. This is completely normal. To promote healthy new growth, remove dead leaves just appearing, taking care not to damage the roots.

Aquatic plants make a beautiful addition to any aquarium and the fish help maintain comfortable, healthy and happy.

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