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To achieve a predictable result, CO2 infusion, sufficient lighting and a fortified substrate are necessary components. However, in my experience they will not produce the optimum plant tank. Understanding water chemistry, testing water quality with accurate kits, providing regular tank maintenance, providing water column flow and weekly water changes are equally important factors. Achieving a vibrant plant tank has greatly renewed my interest and enthusiasm for this wonderful world of aquatics.
If your are having frequent algae issues in your fish tank then here are some fast-growing aquatic plants to consider.
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This is what determines the success or failure of your tank. Most non-aquarists assume that the light included with their tank is adequate for growing plants, and wonder why every plant they buy just withers away. If you’ve never looked at a planted tank before, you’d probably be surprised at just how vibrant and lively the aquarium seems to be.
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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.To get to 3 WPG in that tank you would need to at least double the amount of wattage input to get around the 3 WPG in that tank. If you used 40 watt NO Flourescents it would take 4 bulbs to get you to 160 watts which is more then sufficient. Since available space over a tank is always a concern with lighting , you need to get more watts in the same space. There are a few ways to do this and the most common way is via "". They are available in many sizes and can be used in combination with each other to get the amount of watts needed to grow your planted aquarium.Here is where the success or the failure of your planted tank can happen. The Aquarium Lighting supplied to you when you first purchase your tank is only intended for viewing your tank , the lighting is very much under powered to successfully grow a majority of plants in.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!