Planting Aquatic Gardens – The Benefits of Using an Aquatic Garden Kit


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A planted aquarium kit was designed to make the task of planting in an aquarium much easier. Each item contained is meticulously cultivated by staff to make sure that each unit is cost-efficient while still offering high quality essentials required to begin an effective planted aquarium. Whether you are a novice who wants some basic advice or an expert planted aquarium enthusiast looking for an all in one solution for your upcoming aquarium, all you need to know about these wonderful plants is contained in this article. Whether you are considering a pre-made installation or building from scratch you will find the information contained herein will help you understand whether a kit or an aquarium will suit your needs.

An Overview

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A well designed plant is one that will grow with care. All plants require the same fundamental nutrients to thrive; light, water and carbon dioxide. Fluval strainers are used to prevent overcrowding and disease by ensuring that only the amount needed is supplied. Aquatic plants have been proven to be highly beneficial to the health and well being of humans and other animals. The plants on offer in a planted aquarium kit will provide a range of different species from ornamental to medicinal.

The best way to determine the species of plants that will be contained in your planted aquarium kit is to carefully review the list offered. While some species can do well with more lighting than others some will do equally well with lower light conditions. Some plants will also do better if you place them closer to the filters where they can get filtered air. The final criteria that are used in the design of a planted aquarium kit are the type of aquatic life that will inhabit the unit.

Planting Aquatic Gardens

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Flora that are suited to tanks with low levels of light and good filtration can do very well in a planted aquarium kit. They can even do very well in a larger tank as long as adequate lighting, good filtration and a good artificial tank bottom are available. Plants that are brightly colored will reflect the light in much the same way that a sunny window does. This makes it easier for them to get their nutrients. One important rule of thumb to remember is that any plant fertilizer should never be applied directly onto the fish tank surface as this will greatly increase the risk of damage to both the tank and the fish.

One benefit of using a well-designed aquarium water gardening system or a planted aquarium kit with fluorescent lighting is that the nutrients are delivered directly to the plant roots. These roots, depending on species, can use different nutrients. Some are suited to using organic materials such as leaf litter and some others can utilize plant waste material. Many fish species can be successfully kept on plant food alone. If you do not provide a suitable nutrient solution the plants will do very well with low light.

It is often convenient to use a compact light such as a Nolvasol or halogen fluorescent. These use less power than many other underwater lighting systems and are easier to install in an aquarium that contains aquatic plants. Many compact fluorescent bulbs have a rating in watts per gallon and will produce comparable quality to those used with fish tanks. The colors of these aquatic plants also tend to be more vivid in a compact fluorescent kit compared to a planted aquarium solution that uses live plants. A smaller sized, compact fluorescent bulb will retain more of the floating nutrients and can provide good quality plants for the tank.

Bottom Line

For owners who prefer not to use fish or live plants in their aquarium, there are also many selections of aquatic plants that can be purchased that will do very well in most planted aquariums. Some of the best choices for planted aquariums include Java Fern, Shubunkin, Water Trumpet, Water Hyacinth, Aquandra, and Fern Blewel. Aquatic plants can also provide additional sources of food for goldfish and other pets. However, they will do much better in a planted aquarium as a secondary source of food if there are no fish in the tank.

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