(ORDO NEWS) — Plants in an aquarium are like an underwater garden. Just looking at the lush vegetation will calm you down, relax and lift your spirits. Learn to create your dream garden in an aquarium.
Growing plants in an aquarium – simple tips
The growing process is highly addictive and has become a real passion for some aquarists. If you want to create your own underwater world, your first mission will be to choose plants.
Foreground plants are planted in front of the aquarium. Secondary plants occupy the central part of the reservoir. You will also find tall varieties in stores: placed at the back of the aquarium, they serve as a backdrop for other plants. But that is not all. The garden also consists of floating plants.
and epiphytes. As you can see, there are plenty to choose from, but to help you create an impressive aquarium, we’ll walk you through each individual species.
Characteristics of aquarium plants
Foreground plants are short and usually require the care of an experienced aquarist. If you are just starting your aquarium planting adventure, we suggest you choose a smaller compact or white compact that is easier to grow.
In no case do not press the foreground against the windshield, because you inhibit the growth of roots. Plants, like fish, need room to grow. An example of foreground species is also the low hemianthus, commonly known as the lesser henick.
The supporting plants that are planted in the middle of the tank are vast and require a lot of space. So remember to leave enough space between the plants when planting them. Representatives of the second plan are, in particular, the Japanese centipede and the Japanese blixa.
Tall plants are easy to grow. You can plant them in groups, close to each other, or separately. What we love about them is that they perfectly mask the filter and other accessories. The tall varieties include, for example, the pumpkin and the Canadian swamp.
Swimming species (duckweed, salvinia) often require a certain amount of experience in the aquarium hobby. They create a fantastic visual effect – making the water garden more wild. They are excellent cleaning agents – they remove heavy metals from water. Some fish like labyrinths love them.
Epiphytes, unlike floating varieties, are easy to grow. Representatives of epiphytes are, for example, anuabis aquarium plant and liverworts. Usually epiphytes are placed on stones or roots, as a rule, they are not planted in the ground.
Planting aquarium plants
The well-groomed plants in the aquarium impress with their appearance. Various compositions and combinations of shapes and colors improve the mood and relax the aquarium observer. A home aquarium makes a room unique.
At the same time, you need to know that plants are not only decorative. In addition to being beautiful, they also:
• absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen
• keep the water clean (self-purifying) by neutralizing nitrogen compounds from the decomposition of food and fish excrement
• create a natural environment for fish, reduce the stress level of animals, influence the success of spawning
So, the plants in the aquarium are its wealth and perform various tasks.
How to plant in an aquarium – step by step instructions
Plants for the aquarium are usually secured with a basket and fleece. Remember, this is only a temporary solution to ensure safe transportation. When your specimens are at home, remove rotten or withered leaves and other elements, including dead roots. Utility scissors will help you with these activities. Do not do this work with your own hands, as you can damage the plant, which requires careful handling.
After removing the plastic basket, fleece and unnecessary parts, use your fingers to make a depression in the aquarium substrate. The hole should be deep enough so that you can easily cover all the roots. Only the root collar should remain on top.
Start planting in the lowest foreground. Help yourself with tweezers while you work. Then start planting second and third plan plants.
It is recommended to plant the plants in a partially flooded aquarium filled with room temperature water. When planting small varieties, the water level in the aquarium should be a few millimeters, for high ones – a few centimeters.
It is important to remember that specific areas in the aquarium are usually selected for different types of plants. For example, echinodorus an aquarium plant , depending on the subspecies, is placed both in the foreground (small-flowered tropic, gentle) and in the background (Argentinean, berter), and subspecies such as red echinodorus are planted next to light bulbs.
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