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6 Top Stem Plants for Your Aquarium

Aug 07 2020 0 Comments beginner guide low tech plant profile plants

6 Top Stem Plants for Your Aquarium We know that our site has a huge selection of plants and it can be a little overwhelming at first. Bucephalandra, anubias, crypts, ferns, moss, stems... Where do you even start?  Trust, we get it! That’s why Team BP has put together our Top 6 stem plants for aquascapers. Stem plants are an aquascaping favorite. They are easily propagated and they quickly develop root systems. When planted in the right substrate (we recommend UNS controsoil) and given sufficient light, these plants will quickly fill your aquarium in a short amount of time. They...

6 Easy Steps to Bleach Dip Aquarium Plants

Aug 05 2020 0 Comments beginner guide maintenance plants tips

6 Easy Steps to Bleach Dip Aquarium Plants by Bryson (@unso.fish.ticated)   There are reasons why many of us aquarists choose to buy tissue culture plants: no snails, no algae, an abundance of healthy plants. However, buying tissue culture plants every time isn't a luxury that everyone can afford. Lead bunch or potted plants are much more common, more affordable, and easier to get. However, they do come with the possibility of hitchhikers such as algae and pests. In addition, I’m not above collecting plants from the wild myself which can carry the same problems (please do be mindful of state/county laws, the property on which...

How to Master the Art of Water Change

Jul 31 2020 0 Comments aquarium beginner guide maintenance tips water

How to Master the Art of Water Change   Completing successful water changes for your aquarium is a critical part of effective tank maintenance and is key to healthy plants and fish. We know how important water changes are when maintaining a planted aquarium.   At the end of this article, there will be a quick 5-step guide to performing an easy water change. But first, we have created a guided overview to help aquarium enthusiasts understand why water changes are so important and how to complete the best water change possible for their own tank. Every tank is different...in...

Plant Profile: Red Root Floaters

Jul 24 2020 1 Comment aquarium beginner guide layout/styles low tech paludarium plant profile tips

Plant Profile: Red Root Floaters Family name: Phyllanthaceae Origin: South America Red Root Floaters, or Phyllanthus Fluitans, are a freshwater floating fern plant known in the aquascaping game for their unique look, deep red roots, and easy care. These highly sought-after floaters are known as the “Red Root Floater” because of their remarkable & stunningly red roots. Although Red Root Floaters appear similar to green Salvinia floaters, the leaves are a bit larger and can turn a deep red color. It can also sometimes be misidentified as immature Water Lettuce. These floaters are not difficult to grow in any aquarium....

Plant Profile: Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis

Jul 03 2020 1 Comment beginner co2 guide low tech plant profile plants tips

Plant Profile: Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis Family name: Dryopteridaceae If you’re looking for a stable, slow-growing aquarium plant with minimal care, Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis is the perfect pick. This Bolbitis is unique greenery that will fill the midground or background of your aquascape or fish tank with leafy vibes.  Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis is also known as the African Water Fern. This bolbitis is an epiphyte found in tropical, shady water sources with strong currents. It is a stable and easy plant to maintain that won’t quickly overrun your tank which makes it loved by aquascaping novices and experts. They are comparable...

Plant Profile: Water Lilies

Jun 26 2020 0 Comments beginner guide layout/styles plant profile plants pond plant water

Plant Profile: Water Lilies Today we’re happy to feature a stunning new pond plant on our website--the water lily.  Scientific name: Nympthaea species. Of all pond plants, the water lily is most popular for many reasons. Water lilies are a striking (and long-lasting) addition to water gardens and ponds. Their exotic flowers are beautiful enough to catch anyone’s attention. Many ponds are specifically designed around showcasing water lilies.  *THIS IS NOT AN AQUARIUM PLANT. Please ensure this plant is planted in an appropriate pond setup* Shown above: Hardy Water Lily Madame Wilfron Gonnere Plant Specs: Although the selection of water lilies...

Plant Profile: Bacopa Monnieri

Jun 19 2020 0 Comments aquarium beginner layout/styles low tech plant profile plants tips

Plant Profile: Bacopa Monnieri Today we’re featuring one of our favorite low tech stem plants: Bacopa Monnieri (aka Moneywort) Bacopa Monnieri is an eye-catching, bright green stem plant that can grow emersed and submerged. It is naturally found alongside riverbanks, lakes, and other pools of water. It’s actually one of the easiest plants to grow because it requires little attention, making it perfect for beginners. It is a popular stem plant because it will fill a tank’s space with an exuberant accent. If you’re looking for some unique foliage to add some personality to your tank, Bacopa Monnieri is the right...

Setting Up a New Pond-Style Paludarium

May 01 2020 0 Comments aquascapes beginner layout/styles paludarium shrimpery terrarium

Shallow pond-style aquariums present an opportunity to enjoy aquascaping from a new perspective. A pond-style paludarium (the term for a tank with aquatic and emergent plants) allows you to grow the submerged plants that most of us are familiar with alongside the perhaps-less-familiar species that live at the waters’ edge. If you are curious about this style of aquarium or want to improve your existing aquascape, below is a brief walk through of the plants, animals, materials, and process involved in setting up a fresh layout. I recently took down my previous ricefish tank, which had been living in my...

Transitioning Aquatic Plants to Emersed Form - Wabi Kusa

Feb 06 2020 4 Comments Aquascapes beginner guest blog guide layout/styles plants tips

  Most of the aquatic plants we use in the aquascaping hobby are not truly aquatic plants. In nature, you are more likely to find them along a shoreline, often in areas that have fluctuating water levels. Depending on what the situation requires, they are equally adept at surviving underwater or on dry land (ie, moist soil) indefinitely. This makes them different from obligate aquatic plants, which can only survive underwater (one example of a true aquatic is Blyxa). No one would blame you for thinking ‘emersed’ is a typo of ‘immersed,’ but the word immersed is actually another way...

How to Keep an Aquarium Next to a Window Algae Free!

Nov 29 2019 5 Comments algae beginner fertilizer guest blog guide maintenance tips

Sometimes the perfect space for an aquarium is near a window, or in a bright, sunny spot. Unfortunately, the idea that sunlight causes algae, scares many hobbyists into keeping their tanks in darkened rooms. In reality, it is perfectly possible, even preferable, to keep your tank in a bright, cheery, sun-filled environment, with no algae problems. All you have to do is avoid three common pitfalls that can lead to trouble. Here is a quick guide to keeping your aquarium bright and clean, even if it is situated right next to a window. As I tell people all the time,...

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