BEST Live Plants for Tropical Aquariums - My Top Two - YouTube

Best Live Plants for Tropical Aquariums - Fast Growing Plants - YouTube
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This is an excellent beginner plans because you can hardly go wrong. The Amazon sword is forgiving to a wide range of aquarium parameters and will definitely give you a feel for keeping plants alive in the aquarium. If you cannot keep and Amazon sorta live in your aquarium you will need to reject these parameters and ensure they are within the bounds of keeping plant. The Amazon sword should be kept in tropical or subtropical climates as it thrives in these conditions.
I suggest to add live plants before adding fishes. Live plants usually help to keep the aquarium healthier.
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Often many "hands-on" advanced aquarium keepers will utilize the most advanced pressurized CO2 system (as well as complicated fertilizer delivery). While this might be the way to go for certain high end hobbyists, from my experience (as well as other experienced pros) the expense of time and money these methods require are not always justified if all you desire is a nice but basic planted aquarium.
In fact, as a generalization, just utilizing good lighting, filtration, and basic fertilizers, as well as simple, natural CO2 generation methods (e.g. fish respiration, buffers, and plant material decomposition) can still produce good results. Albeit not to the level of advanced methods (think Walstad Method or German method)!
This of course is not to knock advanced methods for those who want optimal plant growth. Having live plants does not have to be difficult. There are many easy to care for aquarium plants which is what we will focus on here.
Photo provided by FlickrIn short, live aquarium plants are essential in the creation of a natural or close to natural environment for most freshwater aquarium fish.
Photo provided by FlickrIf 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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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.Lighting
The energy, which powers the natural process of photosynthesis, is the sun. In our aquariums, artificial lighting is critical for the healthy growth and reproduction of live plants. There are two important factors in lighting— intensity and photoperiod.