How to Add Plants to an Aquarium - Snapguide

In addition to natural décor, plants provide vital functions for aquariums as well.
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Why are Aquatic Plants a huge benefit to the aquarium? Aquatic Plants are not just natural decoration but also have many chemical and physical benefits. Aquatic Plants are very important when it comes to a thriving, healthy aquarium. Aquatic Plants are recommended for both novice and expert aquarium hobbyists. Below we discus the top 6 benefits of adding Aquatic Plants to your aquarium.
*my tank is a 20 long and plan for it to be a heavily planted low tech aquarium. Eco-complete, finnex stingray LED, floruish root tabs, may add fertz.
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Adding decorations to your aquarium can be almost as much fun as putting the fish in the tank for the first time. Adding plants to your aquarium can be a very cost effective way to spruce things up a bit. Plastic plants are inexpensive, and require very little maintenance or care once they are placed in the aquarium. So two weeks later, I'm ready to add plants to my aquarium! I've purchased 3 crypt parva, 2 lutea, a moss ball, and a rock.
Photo provided by FlickrJust like the other plants, Cryptocoryne is very easy to care for and a beautiful addition to your aquarium.
Photo provided by FlickrI suggest to add live plants before adding fishes. Live plants usually help to keep the aquarium healthier.
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Aquatic plants in the aquarium are beneficial. Most importantly, they are the addition of a unique filtration system. Aquatic plants have an uncanny ability to remove waste excreted by the fish. They also aid in the removal of decaying matter. Aquatic plants absorb nitrates through their leaves and through the substrate. They play an incredibly important role in the carbon cycle. This benefit can be harnessed by including aquatic plants in your setup. It is important to remember that plants should never be used in place of mechanical filters. Rather as an extra source of chemical filtration. After introducing plants the visible and measurable quality of the water will improve. Liveliness of the fish will also increase. Remember that plants need around 8 hours of lighting every day.Aquatic plants in the aquarium have the added benefit of oxygenating the water. Just like vegetation on land, aquatic plants perform photosynthesis and release oxygen into the water column. At the same time they consume the carbon dioxide respired from the fish. Aerating the aquarium is imperative to your fish survival and virility. Airstones and pumps can be useful, however they will only increase the surface area of the aquarium. Plants will chemically saturate the aquarium with O2, which is very beneficial to the fish. Plants respire at night and release Co2 into the water column. There is the common myth that this CO2 can be dangerous to your fish. In reality, plants release far less Co2 than they consume and are not considered to have any negative effect on fish at night.Growth of algae in the aquarium can be both irritating and relentless. Aquatic plants have the benefit of competing with the algae for key nutrients. These nutrients (Iron, Nitrates, Potassium & Trace Elements) are key to all plant growth in the aquarium. By adding plants that consume these nutrients from the water column it is possible for the plants to starve the algae. This is only true of faster growing plants such as the stem plant varieties. Slower growing plants such as Anubias may struggle to compete with algae for nutrients in the tank. For this reason it is important to remain vigilant in the fight against algae. Always remove visible clumps and scrape the glass regularly. Algae in the aquarium is literally stealing nutrients from your plants!Decide what type of plants you want in the tank. It is usually a good idea to stick with one central theme e.g. Stem plants, Anubais, Java Ferns and crypts. These are among the major types, moss is another plant that will grow in almost all conditions; it makes a fine addition to any planted aquarium.