Aquarium Plants are great additions to fish tanks for multiple reasons. The number one reason people usually switch from fake to live plants is because they look much better. Every one has their own opinion though, some like bright neon colored plants, while others enjoy a more nature setting. Live plants are more beneficial for your fish though. Aquarium Plants use nitrates which is a good thing. Fish usually don’t like high nitrate levels, so plants will help bring that down. It’s a cycle!
Before you jump into buying aquarium plants there a few things you will need to know: Fish Compatibility, Lighting, Water Parameters, and Substrate.
Fish: You will need to do some research on what type of fish you have and if they are okay with live plants. For example, Cichlids will pretty much uproot all live plants and your aquarium will be pretty messy! Also, some fish like to eat plants so you will need to check that as well. Stop by our Fish Care pages for more information.
Lighting: Research your plants to see what type of lighting they need. Some plants like Java Fern only require low light so it’s not a big deal. But other high light plants will need more intense lighting systems to grow.
Water Parameters: Aquarium Plants require certain water qualities too, just like your fish!
Substrate: Different plants require different types of substrate. Some need regular gravel, while others need dirt or sand. Or, like Java Fern, they need to be attached to rocks or driftwood.
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