The benefits of Aquascaping Plants

The benefits of Aquascaping Plants

What first comes to your mind when you look at an aquarium? For most people, the size and design of the tank isn’t often the first thing that grabs attention. Instead, it’s the plants and animals in the water. Plants aren’t just decorations that make an aquatic environment exotic. And if you have been treating them that way then there is one more thing that you have forgotten: the benefits.

An article published on Aquarium Info shows that plants aren’t just used to balance the water environment in the sense of putting them together with plants and other objects. They also help in reducing algae.

Plants Can Help Reduce Algae in Aquarium

Growth of algae in the aquarium can be both irritating and relentless. Aquatic plants have the benefit of competing with the algae for key nutrients. These nutrients (Iron, Nitrates, Potassium & Trace Elements) are key to all plant growth in the aquarium. By adding plants that consume these nutrients from the water column it is possible for the plants to starve the algae.

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We know for a fact that algae is an unwanted plant. And that means we have no reason to let them thrive in the aquarium tank. The best way to control the algae is to ensure the tank has plants.

An aquarium with fish but without plant isn’t quite balanced. Home Aquaria states that animals like fish are very territorial, which means they are highly likely to do well in areas that have aquatic plants. 

Aquatic Plants Create Home for Water Animals

Sometimes certain species of fish can be very territorial. Plants allow different species of livestock to coexist by providing cover and protection. Some types of fish even breed and lay eggs on the leaves of the plants. With the presence of plants, the ratio of number of fish per gallon is greatly increased.

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If you are wondering whether to include fish-friendly plants in the tank, this would be the best time to start doing so.

The Aquarium Guide gives another good reason why Aquascaping plants are important. According to the author, the plants make a great source of food for the fish in your aquarium. By including them, your fish can have food to eat in the event that you have forgotten to feed them.

Plants Are Additional Source of Food

Do not worry; your fish will not devour your real plants in a few weeks. You feed them every day and they seem happy with this,but what if you forget to feed them for a few days? This situation occurs occasionally and real plants can be their salvation.

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Of course, the fish won’t consume all the plants. And most of the time they won’t even be interested. But since they are omnivores, they will need to eat plants once in a while, a good reason to have plants in your aquarium.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, natural plants have many health advantages. They are not like plastic plants. Plastic plants aren’t a good source of food for fish, they don’t create a good animal environment either. With real aquatic plants, you create a real natural environment.

The Uniqueness of an Aquarium with Artificial Plants

The Uniqueness of an Aquarium with Artificial Plants

Aquascaping is all about creativity. Sometimes it is a mix of imaginations and ideas. Sometimes it is a combination of the three. The ultimate goal is to create an aquarium that truly stands out. Have you ever looked at the sample projects of the Father of Aquascaping, Takashi Amano, and wondered how he did it? It was a combination of hard work, ideas, imagination, and creativity.

One of the most popular aquarium projects that you may want to set up is an aquarium with artificial plants. This might take quite some time to set up. And, it can be either simple or complex depending on your skills.

Practical Fish Keeping describes an aquarium with artificial plants as a project that really stands out. If you think of it, it is something you do not just want to check out. It is a whole new concept that you might want to try.

Plastic Plants in Aquascaping: Do They Really Have any Benefit?

Plastic plants may be rubbished by some purists and, if I’m going down the biotope route, I will of course try to use natural products wherever possible. However, artificial plants definitely have their place, not just with beginners but more seasoned aquarists too.They aren’t fussy about water either, so can be used to great effect with no detriment to water conditions. They’re easy to clean too, meaning a simple wipe with an algae pad, brush or spray with the shower head will remove any algae and detritus, and make them look as good as new again.

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Let’s summarize the point this way:  an artificial aquarium is something every onlooker will fall in love with right on the first sight. It attracts a kind of an obsession that’s not so quite common for ordinary aquariums.

Besides attracting attention, artificial plant aquariums are both flexible and easy to maintain. Foster Smith agrees natural aquariums are detailed and real. But they are quite complex to maintain. Artificial plant aquariums are the exact opposite.

The Flexibility of Aquariums with Artificial Plants

Artificial plants are now available in fresh and saltwater species, plastic or “silk-like” construction, and a range of colors and sizes for foreground, mid-ground, and background planting. The use of artificial plants is now limited only by your preferences and your imagination.Artificial plants arrive essentially ready to use. You need only place them in your desired location. Simply rinse them prior to installing them in your aquarium. If you wish, you can also soak plants in warm water (to relax the fabric and give them an even more realistic look) for 15-30 minutes prior to placement.

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A flexible aquarium is, of course, easy to manage. The fact that your creation is limited only to your imagination, creativity, and preferences means that you can use artificial plants in so many different ways.

Let’s be honest. Setting up an aquarium with real plants is downright hectic. That’s because it is both expensive and time-consuming. Maybe you are not interested in an aquarium with artificial plant because you think they don’t look life-like, but Home Aquaria states that they really look great.

Planted Aquarium Cost Less and Looks Life-Like

Silk versions of live plants are almost indistinguishable from the live plants themselves- sometimes they look better- and cost less because additional equipment is required to run a tank with live plants. Most planted aquariums require fertilizers, carbon dioxide and strong flourescent lighting, (which additionally is unpleasant for residential or office lighting and can even trigger migraines in guests or clients.)

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The one thing about natural plants is they require strong lighting, artificial fertilizers, as well as carbon dioxide. These aren’t just toxic to plants; they are also not as friendly to the environment as natural fertilizers are.

Final Thoughts

The most important takeaway is this: there is no right or wrong way to set up your aquarium. In fact, the kind of an aquarium that you can design is only limited to your thoughts and imagination. Right now, try and experiment with the concept of aquarium with artificial plants.

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