Aquatic Plants and Pond Accessories

We're no experts with aquatic plants. All we know is that we like them (and…
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Washington is fortunate to have over 7,800 lakes which provide a variety of recreational opportunities for Washington residents as well as a diversity of ecological habitats. Many of Washington's lakes have good water quality, but lakes in more urbanized watersheds may suffer from nutrient enrichment. Nutrients from agricultural areas, stormwater runoff, urban development, fertilized yards and gardens, failing septic systems, land clearing, municipal and industrial wastewater, runoff from construction projects and recreational activities all contribute to accelerated enrichment. As lakes become nutrient-enriched, they produce more algae and aquatic plants. They may also produce more fish.
Mosaic Aquatic Plant, Ludwigia sedioides. I have this in my pond it's so pretty and spreads out.
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So, you say, "My water checks out, my tank andgravels okay, but I still can't grow those blasted aquaticplants!" Well, maybe it's the plants. Unfortunately, manyplants are sold in the trade that are unsuitable; some are house plantsor worse, others are so beaten by shipping and storing at the dealersthat they are doomed. How to tell? Ah, there's indeed the rub. An On-line Version of an Aquatic Plant Identification Manual for Washington's Freshwater Plants
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We are dedicated to making your aquatic gardening, whether it may be aquarium keeping or water gardening an interesting and successful experience by providing you with the most up to date information, plants and products. Aquatic plants have been an integral part of aquarium keeping since it's earliest days, when they not only provided shelter and decoration, but also served as living filtration and aeration systems. As mechanical devices such as air pumps and filters began to take over the life support duties, it seemed as though aquatic plant keeping lost a lot of ground, eat least here in the United States. It wasn't that long ago that American hobbyists longed for the variety of plants and equipment that would allow them to recreate the plant-dedicated look of the "Dutch" or "Leiden" style aquariums they saw in magazines. But with plant selection limited to what could be found in the local five-and-dime, and virtually no advanced lighting available commercially, potential aquatic gardeners often found themselves lamenting: Wicklein’s Water Gardens is a wholesale grower of aquatic and native upland and wetland restoration plants. We currently have over 35,000 sq. ft. of greenhouses and 6 natural ponds that we grow and harvest our plants from. We can supply nurseries and landscapers with wholesale orders across the United States. Call or email for details or to place your orders. If you just need to order smaller amounts of please visit our online shopping section for retail orders.These aquatic plants are great for residential or commercial ponds or water features and wetland restoration projects. Wholesale pricing for nurseries, garden centers and landcape contractors is available on our Wholesale page.
Bread & Butter plants. Some plants are physically sturdy, easily adapt to various chemical and temperature conditions, and do well with standard aquarium lighting. These make great starter plants for newer hobbyists, and are a fine choice for any hobbyist looking for plants for his "Fish Tank." Popular species include Anacharis (AKA Elodea or Egeria species), Hygrophila polysperma, Water Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis), most Vallisneria species, Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides), Amazon Swordplants (Echinodorus species), Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus, Banana plants (Nymphoides aquaticum), Onion plants (Crinum species) and the floating plant Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum).Laterite. This rich, red clay is often added to the lower layers of gravel by aquatic gardeners. Its function isn't fully understood, but some think it provides a short term supply of iron to the system, many think it acts as a reservoir for other useful ions, and most think it is probably a lot more complicated than either of the first explanations. While not indispensable, many experienced hobbyists believe it has great value in a planted aquarium.