Live or artificial aquarium plants? The choice is yours to make!
Here you will find all the live aquarium plants I carry. From foreground to background and low light to high light.
The steps below will show how you can add plants to a brand new aquarium. Not to worry if you already have you tank set up you will still be able to add live plants.
Special Tips A unique type of gravel, called Laterite, which is a clay based gravel mixed with fertilizers can be used in the aquarium substrate for live plants. This type of mix will provide all the necessary nutrients for good root growth and development, the basis for healthy plants. There are also many “new” types of substrates available that are high in iron content so that laterite is not needed. These substrates are specially mixed and balanced to provide all the correct minerals for root growth and textured surface area for root attachment.
Live Plants for Nature Aquariums
Freshwater Aquariums: Are Live Plants for Your Aquarium?
But how about the plants? You started with a few and they seemed fine until now. However, it is very obvious they are not as realistic as you would have them to be and you are thinking about buying some live plants very soon. With all your dedication, this still may seem like a difficult task, but most aquarists feel the same way before they start taking care of real plants.Similar advances in technology and propagation, which have made the marine aquarium hobby easier, have also been developed for the live plant aquarist. With such innovation making live plant care easier today, the hobbyist must still have the proper understanding and equipment to be successful. Common ground for any aquarists is to keep a watchful eye on aquarium water conditions, feeding, lighting, and the growth and death of the animals and plants.Increased environmental awareness, and the push to find a new challenge or dimension to freshwater aquarists has rejuvenated the interest in keeping live plants in the aquarium. Commonly referred to as “Dutch Aquarium", this European concept is beginning to catch on in the U.S. For years, Europeans have kept indoor “water gardens” (aquariums) loaded with live plants, and displaying only a few fish to accent their garden. This approach is opposite from the traditional fish keeper who considered fish the primary attraction in the aquarium. It can be argued that a true fish keeper would be hard pressed to create a biologically-balanced ecosystem more beautiful than one that is well planted with live vegetation.Nutrients Nitrates, found in fertilizers, are another substance plants use in photosynthesis. A working biological filtration system produces nitrates as a result of the nitrogen cycle (see “New Tank Water Conditions” tip sheet). Aquarium plants actually complete the nitrogen cycle by eliminating nitrates from the water. Consequently, live plants generally do not fare well in newly established aquarium conditions where nitrate levels are low. An alternative for new tanks is to supplement with a fertilizer containing nitrates.