An aquarium full of different species of fish is a pleasure to look at,
but becomes even more so if you are able to keep a variety of live aquatic
plants with them. Plants can add a lot of value and benefits to your freshwater
aquarium setup, but they do contain some additional challenges, and for
that reason many hobbyists tend to avoid them. Let’s take a look
at some of the challenges and rewards of having freshwater plants in your aquarium.
Challenges of Freshwater Plants
The most difficult part of adding freshwater plants to your aquarium involves
planning and forethought. While it’s perfectly possible to add plants
to your tank, you’ll need to consider several factors.
Species compatibility: certain plants require the water and fish life cohabitating with them
to meet certain criteria or else they’ll die from one of a number
of causes. Choosing species that need entirely different types of water
is a good way for one or both to die quickly.
Lighting: different species of plants require different types of lighting at different
intensities to survive.
Fish species: Some fish and aquatic creatures in your tank may be plant feeders. If
you stick one of their favorite plants in the tank, they’re going
to munch away to their little heart’s content. Be sure none of the
fish you currently have in your tank or are considering getting are a
natural predator for your plants.
Water pH: Most plants have a somewhat wide pH requirement, between roughly 6.5 and
7.5, though some require a much narrower tolerance. If you can’t
constantly monitor and regulate your pH, avoid some of these more sensitive plants.
Water hardness: Most plants are able to adapt relatively well to aquarium life, but some
sensitive tropical plants require softer water to flourish. Make sure
the plants you are considering don’t require a particularly soft water.
Water temperature: Some tropical plants require warmer water, which isn’t necessarily
an issue in most aquariums where 75-80 degree temperatures are fairly
normal. However, some plants prefer cooler temperatures.
Benefits of Plants
Plants and fish happily live together in freshwater biomes all around the
world, and the two can mutually benefit each other in your aquarium just
as well. For starters, plants produce oxygen which your fish need for
life by absorbing carbon dioxide and ammonia, both of which are toxic
to your fish. Likewise, plants can maintain a more natural ecosystem for
your fish, which can keep them healthier and happier in your tank, even
possibly helping them live longer. Plants can also help reduce algae growth,
since they compete with algae for nutrients in the water
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