DIY Natural Fertilizer Balls for Aquarium Plants (Infographic)

In addition to natural décor, plants provide vital functions for aquariums as well.
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Worse, he essentially threw down the drain an accumulation of organics that his growing plants depended upon. The dark looking material in heavily planted tanks is highly desired and takes months to develop. This accumulation, called mulm, often makes the difference between successfully growing plants or absolute failure. This is especially true in low-tech aquariums where plants, which are heavy root feeders, depend upon a rich substrate. Plants such as Amazon Swords fall into this category. One side note, a substantial root system is not an indicator that a certain plant depends only on the substrate for nutrition. In nature, some plants have extensive roots to secure themselves during heavy rains and flooding.
Good article providing encouragement to opt for natural plants in the aquarium.
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Aquarium plants are a great way to create a natural ecosystem for your fish. If you already have an at home, your aquarium fish could benefit in many ways from aquatic plants. They get a fresh supply of oxygen and some plants also provide . Plants purify tank water by taking in waste to produce the nutrients they need. Plants also provide a natural carpet for the fish tank floor, a natural hiding place for fish that also conceals pumps and fixtures of the aquarium and creates an ecological balance in the aquarium. A more natural-looking aquarium. Live plants do look more natural than plastic decorations.
Photo provided by FlickrThe topic of naturally illuminated aquariums came up while discussing easy-to-grow plants with a group of young aquarists.
Photo provided by FlickrA large planted tank following a nature aquarium layout at Aqua Forest Aquariums in San Francisco, CA. can be seen in this video:
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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.Real plants do wonders for , providing fish with oxygen and even food. They keep the water chemistry more balanced, and provide scenery for you and hiding places for fish and other tank inhabitants. They're easy to care for, too. Aquarium plants are part of our biological filtration. They do this by helping to remove harmful ammonia (which fish naturally excrete into the water). Many aquatic plants will help remove ammonia but not nitrites. Some aquarists use this information in natural aquariums. When planting aquatic plants, we can create new underwater worlds, or try to imitate nature.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.During this planning stage factor in the addition of interesting rocks and driftwood which can give your aquarium a very natural tone. Consistent use of one type of rock or driftwood in the tank yields the most aesthetically pleasing results. Plan with foresight and structure your hardscape to suit an aquarium with a few months of growth.The term "Natural Aquarium" can be used to describe different types of planted aquariums, including any planted aquarium. To me a natural aquarium is a low tech planted tank, generally set up to resemble natural types of settings. These tanks are usually a bit less formal than some of the other planted tank styles, and can often include invertebrates as well as fish and plants. I think of a natural aquarium as compared to other aquariums as a country garden is to a more formal one. not only add a lot to an aquarium aesthetically, but also provide a more natural environment for fish and any other critters living in the tank. Plants help oxygenate the water and maintain a proper pH balance. Plants will also reduce the growth of algae by consuming the nutrients in the water before the algae can.