There is no limit to what you can create with your Aquascaping design skills. In fact, there are so many projects you can engage in and create something that really stands out. One of the best aquarium projects that you can create today is the underwater garden. Here is how to do it:
A post on Instructable states that the first step to creating an underwater garden is to choose a design. The design can be simple or complex, depending on what you like.
I like to start my aquascaping by sketching a basic design of what you wish your aquascape to look like. You can create your own, model it off of a premade aquascape, or turn your favourite nature landscape into your very own aquascape, the picture above is of an old one that I made. Here are a few tips to designing a beautiful aquascape.
You can come up with your own design ideas. But, if you do not want to think too much, you can check other people’s ideas and plan on implementing them.
Once you choose your design, you will need to choose the best plants to use. Dave’s Garden states that you must be careful when choosing your plants, so you can take home only what’s suitable for an underwater garden.
Plants. Most pet stores that sell fish, sell aquatic plants. Be careful though. Some of the plants they sell are not true underwater plants. They will survive for a while but eventually fade and die. Some house plants I have seen being sold as aquatic plants are Spider Plant and Aluminum Plant(Pilea cadierei). Having an underwater tropical paradise might be a wee bit more expensive than a terrarium, but once established is relatively low maintenance. My best advice to you would be to start small and simple.
Choosing the right plant is not easy. This will take time. And, it might cost you some extra bucks. But if you trend carefully, you should get the best plants to use.
One of the most important things stated on Parade is the importance of paying more attention the healthy planting practices.
Planting tips. Weigh plant roots down with heavy items such as pebbles, small rocks, gravel, horticultural sand and decorative marbles. In the aquatic plant garden pictured in this article, Palmer stitched plants onto bogwood with dark cotton thread. Driftwood can also be used.
And remember, you need to maintain your garden is you want it to last for a very long time. Do not just create an underwater garden and forget you ever designed one.
If you have never setup an underwater garden before, this project may be quite challenging. At the end of the day, though continuous practice can help you get better at it. In fact, as long as you implement the guides provided, there is no reason why you should not create a high quality design.