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I’ve had several swordplants bloom for me. Separately, I’ve noticed that some of these plants turn brown and die as soon as any part rises above the water. This is probably once again due to the extremely dry conditions in Arizona. Covering your tank can prevent dryness in plants that grow above the water surface and this is generally recommended. I do have other swords that seem to be a bit better suited to surviving in more arid climates, which will bloom happily and with some regularity. I have one group in my living room that’s been blooming regularly for years, producing many adventitious babies that have found places to live in other aquariums both in my home and in the homes of others.
Fenner, Bob & Candy. 1982. An argument for liveaquarium plants and some suggestions. FAMA 3/82.
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It is important to always research the plant requirements for specific pH lighting and temperature of each plant first before placing it in the aquarium. In addition to natural décor, plants provide vital functions for aquariums as well.
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Floating aquarium plants are an amazing feature to have in any tank. Floating plants are not attached to the bottom of the tank and they come in a lot of different shapes and sizes from very small to over a foot in diameter. Some of them have roots that hang in the water from the plants floating above them.Providing the perfect shading for your other water plants and cover for your fish from the tank lights during the day is an important part of every aquarium. Creating a shade for the fish will really bring out their potential and their different colors. Just remember, if you choose to cover the whole surface of your tank it will possibly reduce the growth of your other plants, so it’s wise not to overdo it.With so many different types of species of floating aquatic plants, you can definitely find the one that fits your aquarium the best. However you might be wondering why would you have floating plants in your tank? Well, today I’m going to share some of the benefits of having such plants in your aquarium.Floating aquarium plants can be helpful as filters to remove all fish waste in the aquarium. The bacterium growing on the plant is used as a filter media and it can deal with biological and/or chemical filtration unbelievably well. Absorbing the chemicals that can be harmful to the fish can be a very daunting time for the floating aquarium plants so it’s always wise, but not mandatory, to have a at hand. These floating plants will be a great protection for your fish helping them to avoid diseases and finding a great place for fish to hide or play.The aeration in a planted aquarium is usually regulated by live plants just as it would have been in the wild. Some of the floating aquarium plants regulate oxygen so that the fish can breathe.In a planted aquarium, the or be exposed to diseases because of irregular feeding. Usually, the only food source will be the food you feed them, but with floating aquarium plants your fish will have something else to eat or nibble on as they are , just what every healthy little fish (and big ones, too!) need.