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Plant Advice
Why Keep Live Aquatic Plants?
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You feed your fish, and they produce waste. The bacteria living on your biological filter take that fish waste and turn it into nitrite and other chemicals. Then another type of bacteria turn the nitrite into nitrate. You do regular partial water changes to remove the nitrate and other chemicals. Click here for more about biological filtration of the water in aquariums.
 
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Pet Fish Talk a Podcast about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.  
Click here to hear Jonathan from Indiana talk about keeping plants in aquariums. Note: Jonathan calls after about ten minutes. Click here to see Jonathan's list of the appropriate equipment and plants.
 
 
Less Nitrates
Nitrate is a plant food. So if you have a whole bunch of plants, they will keep nitrate levels very low.
 
Less Algae
Having live plants, that are consuming these plant nutrients, means less nutrients available for undesirable algae, which are also plants. So there will be less algae growth in your aquarium, if it contains live plants.
 
Less Maintenance
Lower nitrates and less algae growth means less time is required to clean the aquarium. If you have so many plants that the nitrate levels are zero, that does not mean you do not have to do regular partial water changes any more, but you can do less, if you wish. We would recommend that you stay in the habit and continue to do partial water changes anyway.
 
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Pet Fish Talk a Podcast about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.  
Click here to hear Dan from Dallas on Pet Fish Talk explaining his method of keeping Live Plants in an aquarium. Please note that Dan's comments begin after about two minutes.
 
 
More Oxygen
Fish produce carbon dioxide. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen that your fish need.
 
Happier Fish
Plants provide natural hiding places and territories for fish. Shy, timid fish will prefer to peek out from behind plants to make sure predators are not around. These types of fish can be expected to be out in the open more in a well planted tank, because they can retreat into the plants, if they get scared.
 
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Fish that eat plants will benefit from live plants, however keeping these together may be challenging. Allow plants to grow in a separate tank, or in the tank with the fish, protected by a screen they can grow through. Then when you need to trim the plants back because they are growing, offer the cuttings to you fish that eat plants. This will promote good immune system response, and excellent coloration in the fish also. Add as many plants to your aquarium as you can.
 
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An Example of a Planted Aquarium
Keeping many live plants, with a few small fish will enable you to enjoy your tank more with less demands on your time. The trick is to feed fewer fish less food. For example, a 60-gallon planted aquarium with 15 full grown Neon Tetras and 7 Panda Corydoras Catfish, a female Betta, 7 Siamese Algae Eaters, and 7 Otocinclus Catfish is under stocked. Feed the fish once a day for about three minutes with no food left over. With enough plants, the amount of waste produced by this amount of fish will be all the food the plants need. A nitrate test kit is the best way to establish these types of aquarium set-ups.
 
Live Plants Need Light.
Some plants need brighter light, and some do well with less. Like fish, some plants are more demanding in their requirements. It is good to know about the plant before you purchase it. It is important that plant tanks be lit with at least one fluorescent bulb specifically sold to grow aquatic plants. More lights may increase plant growth.
 
Plants Don't Need Food.
If you are feeding fish in the aquarium, you do not need to add a plant fertilizer. Most plant foods will be Ammonium Nitrate anyway, so why add that. The only thing you may need to add is an iron supplement. Iron deficiencies cause a plant to turn yellow. Black Water Extract is sold to add to aquariums for people who wish to simulate the water parameters of the Rio Negro in South America.
 
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Pet Fish Talk a Podcast about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.  
Click here to listen to Michael from San Marcos, California, who calls Pet Fish Talk and talks about his experiences with the Hagan Natural CO2 Generating System for Planted Aquariums.
     
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Just above, a beautiful huge Amazon Sword Plant. Click here to buy Aquatic Plants for Aquariums.
 
 
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Just above, a very beautiful combination of live plants. More than one type of live plant seems to increase the beauty. This picture has 3 or 4 types. More than, say 5-types, may begin to diminish the beauty.  Click here to buy Aquatic Plants for Aquariums.
 
 
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This is a Cryptocoryne species. Many types of Crypts are easy to keep in aquariums and add great beauty.  Click here to buy Aquatic Plants for Aquariums.
 
 
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Here's another combination with two live plants that have different colors and different leaf shapes, which combine to make a beautiful combination.  Click here to buy Aquatic Plants for Aquariums.
 
 
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Just above, a beautiful healthy combination of live plans.  Click here to buy Aquatic Plants for Aquariums.
 
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