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Tropical water lilies are handled differently because of their tropical nature. Prior to the first frost, remove these plants from their pots and trim off most of the leaves and roots. Repot into smaller containers and store in an aquarium tank or other container where they get plenty of light and where the temperature can be maintained at about 68 degrees. Some tropical water lilies produce walnut-sized tubers. These can be removed and stored in water at 55-60 degrees for the winter. When placed in warm water (70-75 degrees), they will sprout. They can then be potted in small pots and move to the pond at the appropriate time.
Before you decide on using fertilizers, keep in mind that simply filling your aquarium with a lot of fertilizers will not aid plant growth. Fertilization must always be balanced with light and carbon dioxide. It is also very important to purchase a special aquarium fertilizer, since fertilizers for terrestrial plants contain too much nitrogen which will cause algae growth and injure the fish.
And there you have it. Your new aquarium with live plants. Simple.
The Basics of a Planted Aquarium
The species contained in the Standard Aquarium Plant Pack do not require intense lighting, but should be offered 10 to 12 hours of light per day of 2 to 4 watts per gallon using standard, Power Compact, VHO or T-5 Fluorescents with a spectrum of 5000 to 7000 degrees Kelvin.To plant the Standard Plant Pack, simply follow the acclimation and planting guide and keep in mind the size of the plant at maturity when choosing a location in the aquarium for the individual species. Be sure to properly trim the roots of the new arrivals, and carefully remove any pots and packing materials before planting.Provide this Plant Pack with a few inches of iron rich substrate that contains a moderate grain size. Substrates such as , or work well for planted aquariums and typically do not require supplemental gravel fertilizers. Regular additions of and in a liquid form will also aid in the plant's long-term growth and coloration.Different plant species have different requirements when it comes to lighting, and researching the species you are interested in is therefore really important. Many aquarists claim that planted aquariums are really difficult to keep, since they purchase plants that look good without putting any effort into learning how these plants should be cared for. It is not hard to understand why these plants rapidly wilt and die in the aquarium, and why the aquarist believes that planted aquariums are “impossible” to keep. As with most plants, whenever in doubt never plant too deep. When you receive anyone of these particular species of plant, you may receive them with a bulb attached or as a bareroot plant. In the case of receiving the bulb, plant in aquarium as so that the sprout of the bulb is facing up and that the sprout is clearly visible above the planting material/substrate. In the case you have received just the plant itself plant only the roots of the plant leaving the entire stem above the plant material/substrate; failure to do so may cause rotting of the stems of the plant and premature death of the plant. Not only will you find that your aquarium takes on a more natural look, but you will also find that your fish behave in a more natural manner. At this point I am going to assume that you already have the basics on keeping tropical fish and are adapt to the basics of maintaining an aquarium. What I intend to do here is fill in the blanks to give you the best start to growing beautiful plants for that aquarium.