Live Aquatic

By · Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Live Aquatic

Adding plants to your aquarium is a good idea for a number of reasons. They are aesthetically pleasing and provide a healthier environment for your aquarium. Fish and other creatures in their fish tank will benefit from aquatic plants, like plants, through the process of photosynthesis provide oxygen to convert carbon dioxide found in the environment. This helps create a balanced ecosystem in the aquarium.

By absorbing the ammonia from waste fish, aquatic plants also help prevent ammonia levels from becoming too high. Another benefit of aquatic plants are to compete for nutrients in the water, helping to "starve" the algae and maintain its growth under control. The fish also benefit by finding food and shelter among the foliage plants.

No two are alike and aquarium plants add to your aquarium will depend on the characteristics of water and fish species living in the tank. Spend time researching what plants are suitable for your aquarium. Note the overall theme you are trying to establish. When choosing plants for their contrasting and colors can help create an illusion of depth. Do not go overboard, try to create a natural look without appearing together artificial flows.

Aquatic plants health and vitality depends on the nutrients, water hardness, pH levels and temperature. The amount of dissolved salts and minerals in the water, aquariums determine their "toughness." The magnesium and calcium contributors to water hardness. The carbonic acid produced by the interaction of magnesium and calcium and affects the pH of the water. A range pH of 6.5 to 7.5 is suitable for most aquatic plants. Most plants prefer harder water, although most prefer water tropical soft. The water temperature in most aquarium is located in the C 16 to 29 a ° – (60 to 85 a ° F) and the range of suits this most aquatic plants, but check when purchasing your plants, especially if they are exotic species.

When it comes to lighting in your aquarium is the ideal amount of 10 to 12 hours day. This will give plants enough light for strong growth and strong, but not too much to cause excessive growth of algae on the walls of your tank fish.

The substrate is the medium your plants are rooted in porous gravel is a favorite medium because it does not compact down. It is important to add nutrients to this substrate, especially if it is a new aquarium that has not had time to build mulm levels (fish waste and other organic debris) in time. A good substrate would possibly gravel (uncoated), granular Sphagnum moss peat and laterite.

When deciding on what fish to add to your aquarium, avoid herbivorous fish, for obvious reasons. The last thing I want to see is your well-planned water garden consumed. Finally, make sure you only add a few fish in the tank until they are established plants. Otherwise, the fish may destroy the plants before they can grow strong enough to withstand the nibble Occasional.

Steve Kalzac writes for Fish Tank Freddy where you can get more articles on aquarium care and setup.

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