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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Aquarium Plants

Aquarium Plants


Plants are almost essential in every tropical aquarium, they provide so much for your tank for not only your fish but your water quality too. 

Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the water, this means that your fish will be a lot healthier and happier as they require quite a high level of oxygen to maintain their health. Carbon dioxide (Co2) can cause other minerals and salts in the water to become more harmful to your fish if there is enough Co2 in the water. Plants absorb ammonia from the water which helps to keep nitrite and nitrate at bay. Due to the plants absorbing all these nutrients it actually reduces your algae growth as they are taking the food the algae needs to grow.

One other benefit of live plants is that it is a natural food source for some of your fish and it can be replenished as the plants can grow back what they have lost! Fish benefit from eating this as it is the most natural way of providing them with the right nutrients and natural algae they need to help boost their immunity and health.

Looking after your plants really depends on what you want out of them. If you just want them as a food source for your fish and are not that fussed if they get completely eaten then there is not a lot you need to do, we do suggest however that you use a plant substrate such as Seachem Flourite so that the plants have a better change to re-grow so that they last longer.

If you want a heavily planted tank and you want the plants to last and thrive then you will need to have your plant substrate so that the plants can really root down. We also suggest dosing with a combination of a fertilizer, we recommend Seachem Flourish, and a liquid Co2, we recommend Seachem Flourish Excel