How to plant an aquarium part 2 – preparing your substrate

In continuing from part one of our post you should be all ready to go with the map of your aquarium layout planned out, your plants and any other rocks or decorations that you want all ready to go. Once you’re at this stage you’re ready to get your hands a little bit dirty. Continue reading

How to plant an aquarium – Part 1

When getting started with planted aquariums most people with little or no experience will tend to do a lot of reading prior to diving in and laying out their hard earned money for equipment, plants and the like. This is good, but with lots of information and little practical experience it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed. In this post were going to Continue reading

Low light aquarium plants – Part 3

Today we’re going to wrap up our little miniseries on low light aquarium plants that do not require CO2 to be injected into your tank. The idea here has been to point out a few of the more common low maintenance plants that you can add to your tank without too much hassle or worrying about them dying off in a few weeks. Continue reading

Planted aquarium fish – Planning out which fish are best for your tank

Running a healthy and attractive planted tank is as much to do about planning as it is about anything else and what planning would be complete without figuring out what you want for planted aquarium fish. There are many different choices and opinions on ‘essential’ fish for your tank but before running off to your local fish store with cash in hand it’s a good idea to plan a few things out first.
Before even talking about the type of fish for you tank it is very important to first ask yourself some critical questions Continue reading

Low light aquarium plants – Part 2

Today we’re going to continue our look at some of the plants that are typically referred to as easy to grow that do not require CO2 to be injected into the tank.
Another great low light aquarium plant comes from the fern family, the Java fern. As is normal for low light plants, this is a very slow growing plant whose leaves have a beautiful rich green color with an almost textured look and feel to them. They usually start off with a few small leaves when purchased but once it is established in your tank the leaves can grow very large, even over 12 inches in length. Although some of the really large leaves occur more often when they are growing in tanks that have more light and additional CO2, if keeping your lights to a maximum of 2 watts per gallon the leaves shouldn’t get overly large but will still easily grow large enough to look out of place in a 30 gallon tank. Continue reading

Low Light Aquarium Plants – Part 1

Whether you’re just getting started with planted aquariums or you’ve had one for awhile getting to know the different characteristics of some plants can be very helpful. Considering the huge effect light has on your tank and that generally speaking less light equals easier maintenance of your aquarium, one of the most useful things to know is which plants are considered low light aquarium plants. We’re going to take a look at some of the more popular ones where you can get by with 2 watts per gallon or less for your lights. Continue reading

CO2 in the Planted Aquarium

When keeping a planted tank and deciding on whether to add in Carbon Dioxide (CO2) it is important to know what some of the benefits are in using CO2. There are also different ways to deliver CO2 into the planted aquarium, we’re going to touch on these as well as look at whether you really need it at all.
As you know CO2 is essential for plant life whether they are surface or aquatic plants, as it is a key component in the photosynthesis process. What you may not know however is that different plants have different CO2 demands which can vary widely. Regardless of what you may have read, adding CO2 to your aquarium is not mandatory it depends on the species of plants you plan on growing and your light levels. Continue reading

Substrate for the Planted Aquarium

There is a lot of questions and confusion by beginning and even intermediate planted aquarium enthusiasts as to what is the best substrate for planted aquariums. We’re going to have a look first at the overall importance of substrate in the tank as well as figure out what to be spending your money on (if at all).

The first thing to keep in mind is that while plants are not all the same when it comes to their ideal substrate conditions, you can very easily generalize with your plants’ substrate needs. Unless you take your aquascaping hobby to a high level, for the majority of the plants you’ll ever put in your aquarium you need not be too concerned about substrate. Continue reading

Planted Aquarium Lights – A look at the more common options

When trying to keep healthy aquarium plants there are many different factors to consider, one of the most important is the lighting in your tank. As you may expect having a good understanding of your planted aquarium lights is essential to keeping and maintaining a beautiful tank. Deciding on whether to use HO Fluorescent lighting, Metal Hydride, T-12 Fluorescent or the T-8 systems will have a long term effect on your tank and to a lesser degree your wallet so arming yourself with some Continue reading