Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up a Planted Tank - Rate My Fish Tank

Fill the fish tank up with water and turn on your filter and heater as your planting is complete.
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As someone who has run successful tanks with both, I can only tell you what I think. Given the choice, I would much rather a densely planted aquarium with live plants, real rock and real driftwood. To me, it is a more natural environment and the essence of what I enjoy about fish keeping. That is, creating a tank as close to a real lake or stream as possible.
Does anyone throw a few hardy aquatic plants in fish tanks in AP? Nothing major but just for fish health and possibly breeding purposes?
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In a well planted aquarium, fish can find shade from glaring light, privacy from things outside of the tank that startle them and a natural safety in times of stress. Can you keep live plants with goldfish? Will they all get eaten? What kind of live plants are suitable for a goldfish tank?
Photo provided by Flickrdoes adding plants to a cycled, non-planted tank, throw off the ammonia or nitrite levels temporarily, which could cause fish to die?
Photo provided by FlickrHaving plants in your fish tank will not alter the need for weekly water changes, but they will improve water quality between changes.
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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.For easy to care for plants, your standard aquarium light, substrate and the natural fish waste should be enough to keep your plants alive. It is also recommended to add a drop of during water changes (check the back of bottle for correct amount, the larger the tank the more you will add).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.When you are choosing your aquatic plants you want to make sure that they are naturally resilient, hardy and low maintenance. The best plants for your fish tank or aquarium would be green plants. Green plants don’t need that much sunlight and care.Aquarium plants are a great way to create a natural ecosystem for your fish. If you already have an at home, your aquarium fish could benefit in many ways from aquatic plants. They get a fresh supply of oxygen and some plants also provide . Plants purify tank water by taking in waste to produce the nutrients they need. Plants also provide a natural carpet for the fish tank floor, a natural hiding place for fish that also conceals pumps and fixtures of the aquarium and creates an ecological balance in the aquarium.Quite simply, aquarium plants will make your tank healthier, more stable, and more beautiful. The benefits to aquarium stability and balance are numerous. Water plants produce oxygen through a process called photosynthesis, they absorb carbon dioxide, and they breakdown waste materials. Adding plants to your aquarium is one of the best things you can do for a stable fish tank.