A few live aquarium plants are essential in the creation of a natural or close to natural environment for most freshwater aquarium fish. Fundamentally, plants are not simple decorations in your aquarium. In fact, they’re not just pleasing to the eye of the human observer, live plants are essential to a complete scientific balance of the modern aquarium.
Things to know if you choose to have live aquarium plants
- Aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water temperatures ranging between 22-26 degrees Celcius. Use an aquarium heater to maintain water temperature.
- Whether you’re just starting your aquarium or introducing new plants into your tank, make sure to add only one or two plants at a time.
- Most tropical plants require sunlight each day, year round.
- Plants will grow best if fertilized moderately and regularly after water changes rather than given larger quantities of fertilizer on a less-regular basis.
The duration and consistency are essential for plants to thrive. Importantly, Natural aquariums must be equipped with the means to provide 12 hours of simulated sunlight each day. Small schooling fish are highly recommended for a natural planted aquarium; larger fish often uproot plants. The adult size and eating habitats of a fish should always be taken into consideration.
Things to watch for:
- Poor growth
- Brown spots on leaves
- Plants appear weak, pale green to yellow, stems have few leaves
- Plants cease to grow and die off
- Stem plants have long internodes and small leaves
Advisably, If you notice any of the signs described above, check your aquarium water quality and consult an in-store Aquatics Specialist.