A pH value that is too high can be and is a real problemin many parts of the U.S.. This phenomenon affects the solubility, andusability of nutrients and many life functions. Many aquaristscomplaints with live plants can be cured with an understanding andmanipulation of this variable. Once again, beware; without a concurrentawareness of what buffering is and how it is related to pH, you are"playing with fire" simply trying to manipulate pH alone. Astable range of pH near 6.5 to 7.5 is desiraable, but how you get theremay make all the difference. Do avail yourself of help with analkalinity test kit, other aquarists help and enough "booklearning" till you feel comfortable in altering the pH of yourwater.
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Not only will live plants make your betta aquarium look awesome, they can actually help maintain the quality of the aquarium water! In the wild bettas would take refuge in plants and sometimes build a bubble nest around them, so live plants will make a betta feel right at home.
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"My plants won't grow"; "I'm goingback to plastic!" "Hey, where's my burping clam andcolored gravel?" Arrgghhh, Dear Reader, how long is it going totake before the west catches on to "real aquariums",freshwater systems with live aquatic plants? I've waited throughdecades of excuses, house-plant larceny, blaming of undergravelfilters, claims of non-green-thumbness... I can wait no longer. Here,in easy, understandable terms are the principal "reasons" andremedies why aquarists have so little success (please don't call itluck) with aquatic plants. Don't despair, help is on the way.
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Using live aquatic plants in your aquarium is both beautiful and functional. Live plants, as apposed to their plastic counterparts, have substantial benefits to the health of your aquarium. For instance:- Live plants remove toxins from the water
Problems arise with high levels of nitrates in an aquarium. Live plants absorb nitrates to grow.