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.
5. Why are my aquarium plants dying?
Artificial lighting in aquariums is essential in growing and maintaining healthy plants. Light is needed for photosynthesis, and therefore it should be supplied for about 10 to 14 hours a day. Connecting the lights to timer switches can help in controlling this. Most aquarium plants need plenty of light, however some species can do well with less lighting. As a general rule, plants with light green or red leaves need brighter lights than those with dark green leaves.
There are several different types of lighting available for aquariums. Usually, fluorescent lighting is better for smaller aquariums and is cheaper than other types of lighting. Fluorescent lighting for aquariums usually produce a reddish yellow or reddish purple color. They are very efficient and cheap. About 2 watts of lighting should be supplied for every 4 liters of water. Fluorescent tubes should be changed every 6 months to a year because they become less effective over time.
Mercury vapor lamps and halogen lamps both provide high intensity lighting and are suitable for larger, deeper aquariums (about 24 inches deep). They are generally placed above the aquarium (about 12 inches). Halogen lamps are more expensive than mercury vapor lamps, but they provide the best lighting for most plants.
Methods to Introduce Nutrients to Your Planted Aquarium:
Windelov Java Fern is last on our list of 23 easy to grow & low light aquarium plants. It was founded by Holger Windelov of Tropica – one of the largest aquatic suppliers in UK. The Windelov fern has a distinct triple split edges on the end of it’s leaves creating a unique appearance. The Windelov Java Fern is really easy to take care of just like all the other ferns and barely needs any light. If you like something a bit bushier versus the other ferns but with all the same characteristics of Java Fern, then Windelov is probably a good choice for you.
Grow-Pro: Freshwater Planted Aquarium Substrate
learly one of the main factors that attracts people to planted aquariums is the apparent ease of maintenance and how easily plants can grow under a wide range of conditions without any help from the aquarist. This is absolutely true but it is not always guaranteed that plants will take to your particular system and it is mostly applicable to the weedy type of plants. The aquatic gardener who chooses to never dose CO2 or any kind of macro or micro nutrients will be shooting themselves in the foot and missing out on a big part of the freshwater plant hobby. Without dosing it is much more difficult to grow some of the more exotic water plants and plants that are more robust, more beautiful and more colorful than those that are left to scavenge for what limited nutrients may be produced in the aquarium.nce you keep a high energy planted aquarium tank for a while, you are bound to eventually keep hitting such high densities of plant biomass that several difficulties tend to arise: your plants may grow so thick that it is hard to keep the tank clean, the aquascape may have gone out of balance or it becomes difficult to keep up with growing demands for nutrient and carbon dioxide. In another scenario you may have left town for a few weekends in a row and the tank becomes so overgrown that only a complete overhaul can restore aesthetic and biological order to your freshwater aquatic garden. In any case, a planted tank occasionally needs to be bushwhacked and replanted and there a few things the aquarist can do to make the rebirth of their aquarium go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.