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Tropical Fish Tank Plants

Freshwater plants1You’ve decided to set up a freshwater aquarium and are trying to figure out what tropical fish tank plants you want to put in with your fish. Plastic and silk plants are out because you want to tackle live plants. If your local pet store or fish store doesn’t carry many varieties of freshwater plants, there are quite a few online that offer both beginner plants as well as harder to keep plants after you get your feet wet. (Pun intended). It’s a good idea to start off with plants that are hardy until you get the hang of what is expected and necessary for the health of the tank.

Unlike fake plants which can be placed in the tank at any time, it is best to think ahead before setting the tank up to decide how you want your live plants in the aquarium to be placed. It’s also imperative that you not choose any fish that might be likely to eat on live plants. As with any plant on land, tropical fish tank plants need steady consistent light that provides proper spectrums for them to thrive. The majority of readily available freshwater plants grow best in temperatures from 75 – 81 degrees Fahrenheit with a pH level between 5.7 and 8.8.

Planning ahead for the live plant tank will make the likelihood of success much higher. Before putting water in the tank, place about 1/2″ to 1″ of gravel substrate on the bottom followed by approximately 1″ of Flourite (a porous clay like substance that enhances the ability of the plants to utilize nitrates that are present in tropical fish aquariums), and then top that off with another 1/2″ to 1″ of gravel. Next, place any decorations, rocks, wood, etc., where you want them to be in the tank. Start putting water in the tank.freshwater plants2 plate or saucer on the gravel and put the water on top of it slowly. This will allow the substrate to remain largely undisturbed. Once the tank is about half full or at least full enough to start planting, stop filling.

Some of your plants may be in small pots and some may be loose stems that need to be planted in the substrate. It’s a good idea to remove the pot and plant directly in the substrate, unless you would rather place it permanently at a later date. If you are adding plant stems, cut the stem at an angle just above a healthy node leaving as much of the plant as possible. Push the stem gently about half of the depth of the gravel substrate. Be careful not to overcrowd. You want to leave enough space so that the lower leaves will get sufficient light to thrive.

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Good luck

by OwnedBy_a_Siberian

I recently set one up, and thank goodness my brother is a fish know it all. he helped so much. His first piece of advice was get a good biological filter and cycle the tank. google this. the "cycle" stuff you buy at the store helps, but it doesnt REALLY cycle it.
after you've gone thru your ammonia, nitritie and nitrate spikes - and everything tests safe, you can start to add fish. but add them slowly (not a lot at once) or you can spike again and put stress on the fish.
its best to test the PH of your water before picking what kind of fish you have


by bigdaddylove

Get a small plastic pond the can stand by it self ( not one made to be put into the ground) they're a little hard to find but they are out there. get an undergavel filter and two powerheads; one for the under gravel and one for the fountain. Buy about 20-30# of natural looking gravel. Next go to orchard supply hardware (OSH) and buy aquatic plants. Pre spring and spring/summer have better selection. Get dwarf umbrella plants, japanese rush and whatever semiaquatic plants they may have. I believe the grower is called Water music or something like that. OSH has the best selection and prices as far as I am concerned

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