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Freshwater Aquariums: Are Live Plants for Your Aquarium?
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I have previously researched the issue of adding salt to a freshwater aquarium, and my findings will be cited below. There is scientific evidence that salt does not belong in a freshwater aquarium. Those who say (or write) that "livebearing fish prefer salt" are not strictly accurate. It would be correct to say that livebearers can tolerate salt, or manage with salt in the water; but they do not need it, and they are better off without it, as should be evident from what I will write below. And plants certainly do not need it, and many will wither for the reason I will now explain.
Stores carry many different types of hardy live freshwater aquarium plants for beginners keeping low tech tanks including Anubias Barteri and Amazon Sword.
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Many new hobbyists transition from keeping freshwater fish to a planted aquarium. This is often inspired by the fantastic planted aquarium images available, as well as the aim of keeping live plants that look more impressive than plastic plants and keep the aquarium healthier. Indeed, live plants benefit the aquarium by providing more natural refuges (and even food) for fish and fry, oxygenating the water by day, absorbing excess nutrients, and/or releasing allelochemical defenses that may, to some extent, control algae. Aquatic plants are used to give the freshwater aquarium a natural appearance, oxygenate the water, and provide habitat for fish, especially fry (babies) and for invertebrates. Some aquarium fish and invertebrates also eat live plants.
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Increased environmental awareness, and the push to find a new challenge or dimension to freshwater aquarists has rejuvenated the interest in keeping live plants in the aquarium. Commonly referred to as “Dutch Aquarium", this European concept is beginning to catch on in the U.S. For years, Europeans have kept indoor “water gardens” (aquariums) loaded with live plants, and displaying only a few fish to accent their garden. This approach is opposite from the traditional fish keeper who considered fish the primary attraction in the aquarium. It can be argued that a true fish keeper would be hard pressed to create a biologically-balanced ecosystem more beautiful than one that is well planted with live vegetation.Another important thing to consider is the that you plan on having in your freshwater aquarium. If you plan on having live plants in your aquarium, it’s best to avoid larger gravels and opt for finer gravels instead.Freshwater aquariums usually include plants. Most tropical fish come from river and lake environments where plants are plentiful, so it only makes sense. Whether live or artificial, plants offer a place for fish to hide and feel secure. They’ll also make your fish tank look much nicer, and can create a realistic natural habitat for the inhabitants of your aquarium.The majority of freshwater community aquarium fish have shown definite preference for live aquarium plants in countless scientific tests over the decades. In a well planted aquarium, fish can find shade from glaring light, privacy from thingsWhy do freshwater fish need and humane living conditions? Plants are not simple decorations, not just pleasing to the eye of the human observer, live plants are essential to a complete scientific balance of the modern aquarium. Aquarium plants can become a major part of the hobbies for many hobbyists; there are societies for aquarium plant fanciers, books and websites that specialize in aquarium plants as well. You may also want to read:Live Plants in Aquariums are Essential to well Balanced AquariumsAquarium Lighting Basics 202, the Case for LED FixturesUnderstanding Freshwater Aquarium LightingAquarium Plants and Lighting for Best Results