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Aquarium fish enjoy plants, but they pose threats you must eliminate before planting.
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Well, not exactly the plants. However if you want to avoid killing your shrimps, you must read this and take note. Aquarium plants are produced commercially in Europe and the Far East with the vast majority grown in the latter. In order to enter the EU the plants need to be treated with pesticides to stop the import of unwanted ‘nasties’. This is a legal requirement and FERA the plant and seed inspectorate department of DEFRA will not allow any imports here into the UK without this treatment process as it helps prevent the unwitting import of, amongst others, Tobacco Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) an agricultural pest responsible for the destruction of millions of dollars worth of crops annually. Whilst these pesticides have no effect on aquarium fish they can and will kill your aquarium shrimp, sometimes wiping out all of them very quickly.
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All of you are nuts spending all that money on aquarium supplies. The only thing you have to do is put the tank in direct sunlight in a south facing window. To make a truly natural aquarium, use pond gravel as your base, plant your water plants, add your fish, make sure you keep the small snails on the plants. In short order you will have a natural aquarium. If the tank is big enough and the fish are properly populated you will have a tank that doesn’t even require a filter. Get over yourselves. You cant mimic true mother nature. What are you going to do when the economic collapse hits and there is no electricity? Learn how the real earth treats its inhabitants. NO ELECTRICS, NO MACHINES. Think real, not fake. You are only wasting your money and are not learning a thing about nature, your only putting it on life support. Start reading, stop spending. In , suitable species of  fish, plants and other organisms vary with the size, water chemistry and temperature of the aquarium.
Photo provided by FlickrI suggest to add live plants before adding fishes. Live plants usually help to keep the aquarium healthier.
Photo provided by FlickrJust like fish, live plants do best when they are kept in an aquarium that best suits their needs
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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.Freshwater fish are often collected from natural streams and rivers in the wild. Their natural habitats consist of many aquatic plants. By introducing these plants to the aquarium, it will help to mimic their wild environment. It also adds to the beauty of the aquarium. Aquariums are about recreating the wild, natural habitat of the fish. Not to lock them up in a glass box. It is a great idea to research your fish breed and attempt to locate plants that are appropriate to their wild habitat. Your local fish store may also have some wisdom on what plants are appropriate.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.This post only explores a few reasons of why keeping aquatic plants is an excellent decision. If you have a freshwater aquarium and have been undecided whether to purchase plants, now is the time to do so. Your fish will thank you for it. Check out for some inspiration into which plants may be right for you.