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Easy to maintain aquarium plants and their care
July 01, 2022
We appreciate easy-to-maintain aquarium plants while maintaining our gallery tanks. There's nothing more beautiful than an aquarium full of lush aquarium plants and happy fish. This could be the image a novice aquarist has in mind and wants to turn into reality. Keeping aquarium plants is not as difficult as some might think, but you should know the basic needs of your plants to keep them thriving.
"Low-maintenance" or "undemanding"?
Suppose you're just getting to know the wonderful world of aquarium plants. In that case, choosing easy-to-keep, "low-maintenance" aquarium plants is advisable. We don't like the term "undemanding" plants because it implies that you don't have to do anything with these plants; they will survive. Maybe survive, that's true, but such a plant will be much more beautiful if a bit of care is taken. With a little effort, "low-maintenance" plants will look fantastic.
How to grow beautiful aquarium plants
If you've read this far, you want beautiful plants in your planted aquarium. Here are the "secrets" of how to get beautiful aquarium plants:
- The light intensity largely determines the plant selection. We do not recommend choosing aquarium plants that require more light than the lighting can provide. On the other hand, plants with lower light requirements can certainly be placed in an aquarium with intense lighting. For more information on lighting, we recommend this article.
- Is there a CO2 dosage in the aquarium? If this option is unavailable, only consider aquarium plants that don't require an additional carbon dioxide (CO2) supply. If you're hesitant or afraid of CO2 dosing, you should read this article. Otherwise, we can recommend a regular addition of liquid supplementary carbon sources, along with the use of general plant fertilizer.
- Regular plant care is the most important thing for our aquarium plants. Since the aquarium is a closed system, it is easy to get a shortage of nutrients because the plants consume continuously. Plants continuously require nutrients, which are only available in limited quantities in an aquarium. Therefore, it is essential to replenish the nutrients regularly. It's worth making this a routine, just like feeding the fish. There are all-in-one aquarium plant fertilizers that do not require profound knowledge. Their use will undoubtedly make a difference.
Nevertheless, we recommend looking more closely at the various plant fertilizers used. After all, individually adapted fertilization can achieve even better results. Another exciting and valuable fertilizer option is using fertilizer tabs or capsules, which can be pressed into the substrate close to the plant roots. Aquascapers often use these special bottom fertilizers to replenish the aqua soil with nutrients, which are depleted after about 6-8 months.
Finally, an important rule is to apply everything gradually to avoid overdosing. Too many free nutrients in the water encourage algae growth, and too little leads to deficiency symptoms or algae growth. As a beginner, it is better to follow manufacturers' recommendations.
As long as you follow the above points, you should have no problems with aquatic plants, whether they are undemanding or not. They will thrive with the proper nutrients, the right light, and a little extra CO2 and rarely need pruning. But that's a topic for another post.
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