Using Carbon With Live Plants | My Aquarium Club

Without live plants you can give up all hope of ever having a balanced aquarium.
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Intensity refers to the strength and color of the light. Most plants require the red and blue spectrum in sunlight. Hobbyists attempting to cultivate live plants must use fluorescent or metal halide lighting specifically designed to emit these spectrums. The strength of light needed will depend upon the size of the aquarium. Generally, two (2) watts of lighting per gallon is recommended for sufficient plant growth. With the advancement of lighting fixtures today this may even vary. Ask your Aquarium Adventure Plant Specialist for advice on what light fixtures would best fit your tank and budget.
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I got 3-4 medium & short fake plants with my first aquarium, a 10 gallon one. Returned the whole set up to upgrade to a 29 gallon for keeping more fish. I now use a combination of live plants & artificial ones in a ratio of 4:1
Some points like live plants not looking their best like the artificial ones are true for only certain species and also how you got them in the first place. I got 3 broad leafed plants from the local store and the rest online. These took a week to come, and the poor things are still recovering. My warm tropical fish are definitely loving the live plants. With the aid of my 5 fish tanks here I am showing why I keep live plants in my freshwater aquariums
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Increased environmental awareness, and the push to find a new challenge or dimension to freshwater aquarists has rejuvenated the interest in keeping live plants in the aquarium. Commonly referred to as “Dutch Aquarium", this European concept is beginning to catch on in the U.S. For years, Europeans have kept indoor “water gardens” (aquariums) loaded with live plants, and displaying only a few fish to accent their garden. This approach is opposite from the traditional fish keeper who considered fish the primary attraction in the aquarium. It can be argued that a true fish keeper would be hard pressed to create a biologically-balanced ecosystem more beautiful than one that is well planted with live vegetation.Photosynthesis
One of the most beneficial factors from live plants in the aquarium is the supply of oxygen. Oxygen is very essential to the survival of the biological system and inhabitants of any aquarium. Through a process known as photosynthesis, which is the process of synthesizing chemical compounds with the aid of light. It is the formation of carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and a source of hydrogen (as water) in the chlorophyll-containing tissues of plants exposed to light. This is a very unique relationship. The toxic waste created by fish provides food for the plants, which return the favor by giving off oxygen so the fish can breathe. We will discuss how adjusting carbon dioxide levels in the aquarium affect plant growth later in this handout.Similar advances in technology and propagation, which have made the marine aquarium hobby easier, have also been developed for the live plant aquarist. With such innovation making live plant care easier today, the hobbyist must still have the proper understanding and equipment to be successful. Common ground for any aquarists is to keep a watchful eye on aquarium water conditions, feeding, lighting, and the growth and death of the animals and plants.Increased environmental awareness, and the push to find a new challenge or dimension to freshwater aquarists has rejuvenated the interest in keeping live plants in the aquarium. Commonly referred to as “Dutch Aquarium", this European concept is beginning to catch on in the U.S. For years, Europeans have kept indoor “water gardens” (aquariums) loaded with live plants, and displaying only a few fish to accent their garden. This approach is opposite from the traditional fish keeper who considered fish the primary attraction in the aquarium. It can be argued that a true fish keeper would be hard pressed to create a biologically-balanced ecosystem more beautiful than one that is well planted with live vegetation.