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In Search of the Right Aquarium Plants

If you are setting up an aquarium and you don’t yet have any decorations or plants, you may notice that your tank looks incomplete. In fact, plants aren’t just decorative, but a necessary addition to your aquarium. Aquarium plants provide hiding spots for your fish, making them more comfortable in the tank.

There are two main choices for aquarium plants: real and fake. Keeping real plants alive requires specialized care, above and beyond keeping your fish alive. Plastic plants, on the other hand, are easy to care for, even if it’s your first aquarium.

Plastic plants are long lasting and very easy to clean. You only need to take them out of the aquarium and wash with soap and water. The colors are varied and sometimes even more vivid than real plants. Although you have to be careful about the too bright colors or it might stress your fish. Some of them will adjust their colors to a less vibrant color in order to be less conspicuous to predators. Better stick to the more natural marine tones to bring out the natural bright colors of your fish.

There are also aquarium plants that are made of silk. They are a little more expensive but they appear more realistic and are easier to care for than other plastic plants. It is important to buy only silk plants that are designed for aquariums and not those found in craft stores that may contain chemicals that are harmful to your fish.

Fresh plants are of course, the most natural looking. Like some kinds of fish, though, they can be very hard to maintain. Some of them will thrive only under specific water temperatures or pH levels. Find the fresh plants whose specific needs are compatible with the water requirements of your fish.

There are other more noteworthy benefits in choosing real plants over fake ones. They give out oxygen and use up nitrates in the water thereby maintaining some balance in the nitrogen cycle. They also provide for breeding grounds for some fish and can be the natural food source to some others.

Although, fresh plants may appear to have many benefits, most varieties have special requirements that may discourage some people from using them. Many of them need lighting and special fertilizers. All fresh plants need light for photosynthesis. The amount of light required by these plants may vary depending on their kind. A special aquarium fertilizer is also a requirement for most plants. You cannot use your ordinary garden fertilizer. This will most likely kill your aquarium.

Cleaning fresh aquarium plants is more difficult than cleaning fake ones because you’ll have to clean them where they are planted. Decaying plant matter means a lot of waste at the bottom of your tank, which can reduce water quality. Products like EcoBio-Block can help keep your water healthy by providing a continual source of beneficial bacteria that breaks down organic waste, such as decaying plants, into safer by-products. Prune dying parts of the plant just like you would prune your houseplants. Healthy live plants improve your aquarium habitat, but if not cared for properly, they can reduce your water quality. Only you decide whether fresh aquarium plants are worth the additional maintenance.

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Guppy- The Best Aquarium Fish

The guppyis the most popular exotic fish

The guppyis the most popular exotic fish

The Guppy is not only the most popular exotic fish, but it has been the most important in the development and spread of the aquarium hobby. Its bright colors of infinite variety, its lively habits, its ability to stand crowding, together with the fact (always so interesting to the novice) that it is a livebearer; all these assets combine to make a quick conquest of the casual observer, who gets “hooked” before he knows it. It is therefore not too far—fetched that someone has called it the “Missionary Fish,” so many have been its converts to the ranks of aquarists.

Nor are its devotees by any means confined to beginners. In a hobby like ours in which there are so many fishes from which to choose, and to which new importations are steadily added, there are bound to be favorites come up that hold the spotlight for a time. Many have come and gone, but, like the poor, the Guppy is always with us.

Another thing about the Guppy that appeals to the advanced aquarist is its adaptability to modification through selective breeding. It is exceptional in that respect, both as to color pattern and fin formation. Most of our interesting creations among the livebearers are the results of cross—breeding between closely- related species. While Mr. Guppy shows no individual attachment to any one mate, he is, nevertheless, a “good family man,” as far as species is concerned. He is usually either unwilling or unable to fertilize a female of another species. The very few of his illegitimate children have been sterile or died young.

In my time I have had my home so populated with aquariums that my wife and children have almost been crowded out. Now all that is radically changed. I now keep only two tanks at home. One is a temporary hotel for anything “new” until it is fingerprinted and photographed. The other is a small tank set up for my own pleasure and relaxation. It contains nothing but carefully selected Guppies! Admiration for them never loses its freshness.

Among the various types of Guppies that we see nowadays, there is a strain of rather large size having a dark tail fin. This is known as the “Trinidad Guppy.” The native Guppies are only about half the size of our domesticated stock, and the vast majority of them have poor colors. It therefore seems that intelligent selective breeding has certainly greatly improved on the original stock.

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