PLANTED AQUARIUM SETUP: Complete Guide to a soil planted tank

Here you will find all the live aquarium plant fertilizers you need to keep your plants thriving.
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Aquarium plants are used by fish for any number of things, including safety, comfort, food, and reproduction, so they’re vital to any healthy aquarium environment.
2) And the improved health of an aquarium that the live plants provide with proper care.
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Aqua Soil is a great option for planted aquariums with fish that thrive in softer water and lower pH levels. It has a decent price in terms of its quality and it’s completely organic too. The water wisteria is one the most beautiful aquarium plants to add to your tank!
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Photo provided by FlickrA more natural-looking aquarium. Live plants do look more natural than plastic decorations.
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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.Now before you start the actual weed wacking, make sure that you have all the proper tools handy: you'll likely need some long handled scissors, some large sturdy tweezers, and a few containers to hold your clean plants and trimmings. If you keep plants that look very different from each other it's very easy to place all your "re-use" plants in the same container but if your aquarium specializes in different varieties of mosses, Cryptocorynes, Rotalas or Eriocaulaceae, you might want to take some precautions to keep you from having to differentiate between closely related plant varieties; even if you're an expert it's a pain to tell the difference between the collapsed state of emerged grown plants, especially when you are trying to tell apart a some of the Syngonanthus or Eriocaulon species. For some plants you can use large shallow trays that you can fill with water or cover with clingwrap and for other more robust species like Anubiasand Ferns I like to either throw them into a ziplock bag or tupperware container. Since I often have many similar looking plants, I will label some ziplock bags to hold just one species or type of plant before I even start trimming. Not only do labeled bags help me keep track of what plants are what, when I am done removing plants what I am left with is a clear layout of all the plants I am going to re-use in the layout, as well as the height and quantity of the different plant groups. With such a clear depiction of my plant mass it is much easier to begin planning the replanting of the new aquascape.Before I even do the actual overhaul of a planted tank, I try to take in all of the required aquarium maintenance that needs to be performed before I start the actual bushwhacking. I find it is a much better practice to do all of these servicing chores before trimming all the plants because you are much more likely to put off more aquarium work after the planting is done. You should clean all filters, top off your dosing, clean the Carbon Dioxide injection mechanism, whether this is a CO2 reactor or diffuser and by golly, make sure that have plenty of carbon dioxide to last you for at least a couple of weeks after a major replanting. Don't forget to spruce up your lighting system by either replacing your lamps, wiping off the bulbs, reflectors or splashguards and make sure that any fan guard Is free of dust. Also, make sure that all of your replacement water is at a suitably close temperature and pH to add to the tank as soon as it is ready. If you need tospread out duration of the plant tank overhaul, I suggest doing the chores on the first day and then you'll be able to really take your time in redoing the aquascape on a following day.Not only will you find that your aquarium takes on a more natural look, but you will also find that your fish behave in a more natural manner. At this point I am going to assume that you already have the basics on keeping tropical fish and are adapt to the basics of maintaining an aquarium. What I intend to do here is fill in the blanks to give you the best start to growing beautiful plants for that aquarium.