Category: plants

Aug 03

Foreground plants and specimen plants

cryptocoryne balansae variety crinkly leaves

Foreground plants and specimen plants These are plants that stand out as individual plants. They occupy the middle to front of the aquarium. They usually have large leaves and visible stems. Only a few are needed or even a single large dominating plant is a possibility. Here is a range of easy to care for …

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Jul 19

Sprucing up an old aquarium

Sprucing up an old aquarium

Sprucing up an old aquarium Perhaps you have an old aquarium that hasn’t been used in a while and you want to spruce it up and make it usable once again. Or you could have an aquarium that is in use, but you have had it for a long time and you might be feeling …

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Apr 07

Selecting midground plants for your aquarium

Good midground plants will stand out from the background

What is a midground plant? A midground plant is a plant that acts as a filler in the mid area of the aquarium. Usually planted as individual plants. Midground plants should have distinctive large leaves and colour. They should be short plants to not block out the background. A good midground plant will stand out …

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Mar 31

Background plants for your aquarium

aquascape with clever use of various plants and driftwood

Which background plants for your aquarium? How to recognise good background aquarium plants What is meant by ‘background plant’? This refers to plants that will be placed along the back and sides of your aquarium. These type of plants usually grow tall and cover most of the rear of the aquarium. And finally they usually …

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Mar 23

Aquascaping for Beginners: Getting the basics right

Aquascaping for Beginners: Getting the basics right About Aquascaping Aquascaping is the art of setting-up, decorating and arranging aquatic plants along with stones, rocks, driftwood or cavework in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Also termed as underwater gardening, aquascaping was first introduced to the world way back in 1990’s by Takashi Amano from Japan, who made …

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Jan 30

Keeping aquarium plants healthy

Healthy aquarium plants in an aquarium

Keeping aquarium plants healthy is vital. However, most aquarists put the welfare of their fish first and are not willing to promote the health of their plants, if it may affect their fish. I will explain how you can do both. And, the two are not mutually exclusive. Healthy plants can promote health in your …

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Jan 28

15 best plants for beginners

Plants flourishing in a planted aquarium

Best plants for beginners to avoid plant failures Here is a list of 15 hardy tropical freshwater plants that are the best plants for beginners. These plants don’t need much attention to grow. No special lighting, no Co2 and no fertiliser. Just tough plants that will grow in normal temperatures and most ph and hardness …

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Jan 19

low maintenance fish keeping

three year old Walstad aquarium

A guide to low maintenance fish keeping Why create a low maintenance aquarium? So you can spend more time admiring your fish, perhaps. People who are just getting started in the aquarium hobby are often taken aback by the level of maintenance that a successful fish tank usually needs. The cultural stereotype of keeping a …

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Jan 12

Amazon biotope aquarium

amazon biotope with angels rummy nose and rams

Introduction To The Amazon Biotope Aquarium: Recreating The Amazon River One of the more popular options when it comes to biotope selection is the Amazon biotope aquarium. This is a setup that is designed from the ground up to emulate the conditions of the Amazon River, and, if done right, will give you a unique …

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Dec 17

Succeed with aquarium plants

planted aquarium

How to succeed with aquarium plants: a guide to aquarium plant care While the beginning aquarist spends a great deal of time learning how to tend to fish and give them an environment in which they can thrive, aquarium plant care is, by comparison, a subject that is rarely given the full attention it deserves. …

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