Where to Find Aquarium Plants

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Fishing and Boating

Aside from the fish, there are few things more important in creating the ambiance of a home aquarium than the decorations that lie at the bottom of the tank. Consisting mostly of plants and a variety of funny and cute statues of things like divers and sunken ships, these trinkets that line the bottom of most tanks can help your fish feel welcome in their glass enclosure and provide those who look at the fish tank with some stunning views. As with all of the other decisions you make about your tank, deciding on which plants to add can be a very important choice, as not all plants are designed to coexist well with certain types of fish. Furthermore, depending on what type of tank you have decided to make (salt water or fresh water) your choice will play a major role in determining what types of plants you can add to the floor of your aquarium.

Since most people opt for fresh water fish tanks over salt water fish tanks, it makes sense to cover more of the variations among fresh water plants. The fresh water plants available for your tank can come in all shapes and sizes and are a great way to make your fish feel as if they are back home in a lake or river. Most of the aquarium plants you may consider purchasing are rather cheap and, on average, may run far less expensive than the fish you have in your tank. While plants are a great way to improve the ambiance of your aquarium, many people seem to forget that they actually have to take care of the plants as well as the fish for a successful environment in the tank. This can mean extra work and more supplies for those who wish to add plants to the floor of their aquarium.

There are several simple rules that everyone who wants to purchase aquarium plants need to remember. Firstly, you must decide on what type of floor to add to the bottom of your tank if you want to plant aquarium plants. Different plants react differently to different soil conditions, so it makes sense to first decide which plants you want, make sure they all require the same soil and then use that soil. Different soil options include things like clay or gravel. Secondly, you will need to make sure that your aquarium will receive sufficient lighting and carbon dioxide transfer to keep your plants healthy. In order to undergo photogenesis (the process which plants use to make their own food), plants need both light and carbon dioxide so it is highly important that your aquarium plants receive both nutrients in hearty quantities.  Finally, make sure that your fish are completely plant-friendly and will eat away any algae that begins to grow in the tank. A perfect plant-friendly fish will destroy any algae that may be in competition against your plants, thereby making a more suitable environment for your plants to grow in your aquarium. Once you have squared away all of the most important factors for healthy aquarium plant growth, head off to your local fish store and pick up the plants that are right for you.