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The key to maintaining floating plants in the freshwater aquarium is to ensure that your lighting is bright enough. Light is the most important nutrient that live plants need to grow and floating plants have the best access to light because they float on the surface of the tank water. Floating plants can be used to shade certain parts of your aquarium if you have fish that do not like bright lighting – they can also be used to provide cover for newly-hatched fry so the other fish in your tank do not eat them. Floating plants are also a great option for herbivorous species of fish, especially since many of them grow quickly.
There are a few different reasons as to why you should try getting some floating aquarium plants in your fish tank.
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Planning what your aquarium will look like is one of the funnest parts. You may want to fashion your aquarium aquascape setup after a natural occurring aquatic habitat. These are referred to as 'Biotope' aquariums. They replicate a natural water way, such the Amazon Basin for an Amazon biotope, and incorporate plants and fish found in those habitats. Or you may simply want to mix and match plants and fish in your own particular pleasing manner.
No matter what size of an aquarium you are designing for, the simplest way to plan, is to think about the tank as having three parts running vertically across the bottom of the tank. Visually divide the space into a background area, a middle or mid-ground area, and a foreground. Along with these planting areas on the bottom, there is also the top or surface area. On the surface you can add floating plants.
Keep in mind the needs or your fish, they like to have places to hide but also need open areas for swimming. To determine which types of plants can go in each area, read about each plant you are considering to determine what height and width it will reach, and how much it will spread out as grows and propagates. Here are some design considerations for each area of your aquarium: Best Low Maintenance Floating Plants for Beginners - Fish Tank Advisor
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Floating plants are a wonderful addition to any tank. They have great benefits like being cost efficient, provide nutrition and oxygen, and they look great in any aquarium. Another great aspect of a floating aquarium plant is that , thus making your life a little easier in caring for your fish. They can flourish and grow into beautiful specimens worthy of watching and fitting in with your amazing underwater amazon or paradise, whichever you prefer. So it is definitely something worth having if you could fit it in your aquarium.Because of its fast growing nature, many people use this plant to soak up nitrates in breeding tanks, or provide safe hiding places for fry in community fish tanks. When hornwort is allowed to float at the top of a fish tank, it provides a perfect refuge for tiny fry from hungry adult fish.This is a great package of floating plants that comes with 12 Amazon Frogbit, 12 Dwarf Water Lettuce, and 12 Water Spangles. They are all very beautiful and make a nice addition to any fish tank. These are very convenient plants to go with because they are free floating and require no substrate, they don’t need any carbon dioxide, and they don’t need much maintenance. This version of floating moss makes for a great decorative piece for any fish tank or outdoor pond. Unfortunately, aside from its aesthetic appeal, this is a plastic plant so its benefits are quite limited. On the other hand, it does help to provide some shade for your fish.Moreover, the way they are shaped helps to provide some cover for fish fry and other small critters, plus they are especially ideal for crayfish tanks. Not only are these floating plants very beautiful and help provide cover, but they also do a great job at controlling nitrate levels in the water as well.Another one of my personal favourites! In The Netherlands, we call it ‘water pest’, and for a not without reason; it grows like crazy. Anacharis can be left floating, but grows fine when planted as well – the parts bought from the store usually die off quite quickly, but they are replaced by fresh, live leaves. If you own herbivorous or omnivorous fish, growing Anacharis in a separate aquarium can provide you with a steady amount of (free) healthy fish food, but the plant looks great in planted tanks as well and can help compete with algae because it grows so quickly.