Tips for a Successful Freshwater Planted Aquarium


Anyone who has seen the photograph of lush plants thinks about setting up a freshwater planted aquarium on their own. Selecting live plants that share common water parameters will make it easier for aquarist to maintain water conditions. Three main aquarium water parameters to be considered are pH, water hardness and water temperature. Most live plants are tolerant of a pH range between 6.5 and 7.5 while some sensitive plants have a narrow pH tolerance. Water hardness is usually expressed in degrees of hardness and tropical aquatic plants tend to prefer soft water. It is essential to measure the specific range desired plants will be able to tolerate and most aquatic plants do well within the temperature range of 70 to 80 degrees. Most aquariums do not have adequate lighting to properly sustain many aquatic plant species.
Plants requiring high light conditions are frequently placed in aquariums with insufficient lighting and they won’t survive. Selection of current lighting conditions in a freshwater planted aquarium is dependent upon lighting conditions and plant selection. Live plants will do well in special plant substrates such as Laterite, Fluorite, and Brightwell aquatics Florin Volcanit plant substrate. Appropriate type of fertilizer should be selected based on feeding habits of aquarium fish species. Some of the fish types to be considered for freshwater aquarium are tetra, gourami and cichlid.