A well stocked planted aquarium is a stunning addition to any home or office. Aquascaping provides a real slice of nature which can bring a rewarding and interesting appeal to all fish keepers. Creating a planted aquarium is something that can be achieved by the experienced or the novice; here are our suggestions to help you to get the best results.
Plants need good lighting, you are not going to achieve good growth with only one tube, two is the minimum. T5 lighting is better than T8 and replace your tubes annually.
Fluorescent tubes lose 90% of their output in 12 month’s and here’s a little known fact, we as humans see the yellow mid point of the spectrum where as fish and plants see the blue and red ends of the spectrum, with this in mind tube manufacturers make tubes with a high peak in the yellow part of the spectrum so the light looks bright to us, so when the tubes are old we still think that they look bright when they may not be to the fish and plants.
Plants need fertilizer in the water; some plants absorb nutrients through the leaf and some through the roots so a liquid additive may not be suitable for all types of plant so a combination of liquids and tablets are best.
When setting up your aquarium it is advisable to use a plant substrate under the gravel this not only provides a better rooting media but some of the clay based ones hold onto plant additives and releases them over a longer period, also a substrate heater can be used to keep the root system warm and encourage better growth.
Co2 (carbon dioxide) is probably the most used extra piece of equipment that helps good plant growth, all plants require Co2 to enable them to grow and photosynthesize, there are many kits available, from the most simple yeast based reactors, to the easy to use injector system, to the full automated pressurized systems all at very different prices some give better results than others.
Most plants do well in neutral water conditions but some plants like Cabomba and Limnophila species require softer water this is easily achieved by using a tap water and R.O mix to reduce the hardness. R.O is reverse osmosis water which is soft with no carbonates in. If you intend to soften your water, be sure to test your water with test kits regularly to maintain your optimum water conditions.
Whether you are setting up from scratch or making changes to an existing tank, with our regular deliveries of potted and bunched plants, we have all the inspiration you need to create a stunning display.