May 29, 2016 - A nano planted aquarium can be a great option for anyone short on ..
Having an assortment of fast-growing plants in your aquarium provides many benefits. Not only will your tank become lushly planted in a shorter period of time, but fast-growing plants will also be able to survive against plant-eating species of fish. If you are looking for fast-growing plants to use in your own planted tank, consider these five species:
A nano planted aquarium can be a great option for anyone short on space and money or if you’re just looking for a different kind of challenge. Despite their small size, they can still look just as lush as larger aquascapes and really brighten up a room.
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New growth in aquariums usually stays shorter than six inches. Best kept in gravel that is not too coarse. Critical that it is not planted too deeply. Sends runners quickly. Foreground plant. 6.5-7.2 pH. A short bush like plant, Monosolenium makes great under water hedges. The plant often settles in the bottom of aquariums, forming a cushion at the bottom. While they can be soft to the touch, Monosolenium is actually a brittle plant that can break apart easily if mishandled.
Because this is a shorter plant it requires a little bit more light, but nothing the standard hood doesn't come with.
When first placing these plants into the aquarium we have had great success tying them to rocks using fishing line. This holds the plant in place, giving the roots time to anchor themselves into your rock or substrate.
To control spreading simply cut the plant at the base and remove the unwanted portion. These plants grow wide rather than tall, so you may have to do a bit of digging to get a hold of their roots.
In Short: The Monosolenium grows slowly and evenly. It will require a basic light, meaning if you have purchased anything to light your tank it will thrive. Placing the plant into your tank and propagation will be the most difficult parts of caring for this plant, still taking only a few minutes of time. A slow growing, low light aquarium plant is the ultimate in low maintenance aquarium plants. With wide leaves that measure up to 5 cm wide, these plants soak in every ounce of light they get. This ensures growth in even the weakest light settings.
By adding soil rich substrate owners will see a rich dark green color in the leaves, creating a highly desirable contrast between most substrates.
Propagating Cryptocoryne is a quick process as well. simply cut the stems to your desired height and leave the remainder of the plant in your tank. The stem will continue growing and the portion you remove takes the absorbed toxins with it.
In Short: This plant grows slowly, making it easy to manage. In addition care is quick and easy, further reducing the work needed to maintain your aquascape. When looking to get some floating plants we love pointing to Salvinia Natans. These little ferns go right to the top, creating shade for fish and getting direct light for themselves. This takes out the depth of tank factor, making the light level needed exceedingly low.
With the plants floating nature, high growth speed has nothing to do with propagation time. Simply pull out however much you want and you're done. No tools needed.
The reason for a care level of medium is the shade they create. This will not harm your fish but can prevent other plants from getting the light they need. So while these plants require almost no attention alone, having other plants in the tank can be a bit of a hassle. To prevent unwanted coverage, place slightly below water barriers along the top of your aquarium. This keeps the bulbs in place and will restrict growth to the desired area.
Watch the coloration in these plants for signs of low nutrients. When there is not enough nutrients in the water to support all the plants, the leaves will turn a lighter color, allowing at a glance health inspections. Add more nutrients or lower your plant count to get back on track.
Finally the shade component also offers one last benefit. Algae reduction. While beneficial bacteria requires no lights to grow, algae thrives in strong light areas. Creating a canopy of Salvinia will quickly block out large amounts of light, causing slower growth for unsightly algae spots.
In Short: As far as floating plants go we cannot recommend these highly enough. The shade provided can put your fish at ease and lower their stress level. By floating at the top of your tank propagation takes literal seconds, making the high growth rate perfect for fighting Nitrates and fish waste. Provided you do not block out other plants light source, Salvinia is one of if not the easiest plant to care for.