Good Plant Guide - Tips For Healthy Plants

Live aquarium plants have a range of needs which can only be met through continued maintenance and an understanding of what is necessary to keep them healthy. There are a couple of important things to consider if you are keeping aquatic plants.

1. Choose a good substrate - This in itself will save you a lot of trouble further down the line. Different plants have different need for nutrients and the more demanding your plants, the more important a good quality becomes to keep them in top health.

2. Understand basic water chemistry - When things begin to go wrong in the aquarium environment, the better you understand what makes up the water, the easier it is to respond to in-balances. There are a wide range of nutrients found in the water and a lack of these leads to deficiencies.

3. Mimic natural light conditions - It is vitally important that plants receive enough light to be able to photosynthesise properly and less obviously, they also require a dark period in order to respire. Where possible, try to replicate the natural conditions of the plant.

4. Mimic natural heating conditions - As with lighting, it is important for plants to be grown in an environment close to what they would experience where they can be found naturally in the world.

5. Research common problems - Different species of plants not only will have different requirements where light, heating, plantation and nutrients are concerned, but may be prone to various deficiencies and problems. If you are aware of these, you will be able to react faster if things go wrong.

6. Combine plants with similar needs - If you are keeping several different species of plants together, then it is a good idea to keep plants which have broadly similar needs. You are far less likely to experience problems this way and it allows a little freedom when using fertilizers or changing other aspects of water chemistry.

7 Research, research, research - This is perhaps the most vital aspect of aquarium keeping generally, knowing what you are doing before you even get close to cycling or stocking the tank. The more you know, the easier it is to respond to problems which arise and the early you will be able to spot them.

The more that you can learn about the inhabitants of your aquarium and ways in which to keep on top of maintenance, the better your aquarium should fare generally. The time and effort taken in the start will pay off many times over in the long run.

With live aquarium plants you can overcome all the problems of a non-planted aquarium. You can improve the quality of your aeration, filtration, food and algae control. You can improve the lives of your fish.

Find out how live aquarium plants can help you, help them.

Sean Norman is an environmental science student and freelance writer with a deep love of ecology.

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