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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...

Best Plants to Grow Submerged AND Emersed

Jul 29 2020 0 Comments aquarium guide layout/styles paludarium plant profile plants shrimpery terrarium

Best Plants to Grow Submerged AND Emersed by: Chris (@shrimpery) If you keep up with aquascaping on social media, you’ve probably noticed the growing trend of aquariums featuring both submerged and emergent growth.  The addition of emergent growth allows the aquarium to better interact with its environment. Just like a houseplant, the emergent leaves provide a nice presence to the room. Not all emergent plants are alike, though; some plants are uniquely suited to adapt to any condition you throw at them.  Here is a quick guide to selecting specific plants that will thrive both above and below the water. ...

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: Ludwigia Natans Super Red

Jul 10 2020 0 Comments aquarium Aquascapes guide layout/styles plant profile plants

Family Name: OnagraceaeOrigin: Cosmopolitan Ludwigia Natans Super Red, also known as Ludwigia Palustris, is a vibrant aquatic plant that will add striking dimension and contrast to the mid- or background of an aquarium. These plants are definitely attention-grabbing when planted in bunches of 10-12 stems.  It is a favorite among aquascapers because of its fiery red coloring, quick growth, and easy care. It’s a versatile plant that grows in areas across the world during all seasons of the year. Plant Specs: Ludwigia Super Red has small, round, and pointed leaves that grow in opposite pairs along the whole length of...

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...

Maintaining Hardscape in the Planted Aquarium

Jun 24 2020 3 Comments Aquascapes guide hardscape layout/styles maintenance shrimpery tips

Maintaining Hardscape in the Planted Aquarium by: @Shrimpery   Hardscape is the skeleton of an aquarium. As critical as plant selection can be to the success of an aquascape, the hardscape element is foundational- literally! A poor choice of hardscape can be difficult to overcome once a tank is filled, while a great hardscape layout can make a tank shine. Given how important this topic is, and how difficult it can be for both beginners and established aquarists, I wanted to provide a quick guide to selecting and maintaining hardscape for your planted tank.   Choosing Your Hardscape Whether you’re...

How to Prep Your Aquarium for a Move

Jun 17 2020 0 Comments aquarium Aquascapes guest blog guide maintenance tips

By:  Chris Okula (@nano.scapes)   Moving your aquarium is one of the most stressful parts of aquarium ownership. Although you may never plan to move an aquarium, life is an ever-changing adventure and whether you’re moving into a new home, college dorm, or new apartment a move could be in your future. Even if you're not planning on moving anytime soon it’s important that you know how to prep your aquarium for the big day.  1. Setup Your Landing Zone Before you even think about moving your aquarium, you need to first decide where it’s going to live in your new...

Create Your Own Blackwater Biotope - Tips & Tricks

Jun 11 2020 0 Comments aquarium DIY guest blog guide layout/styles tips water

Create Your Own Blackwater Biotope - Tips & Tricks By: S. Sanders (@ShrimpletScaping)   Picture this; a deep orange tint of aquarium water creates a beautiful glow and warmth in the room, and the odd flash of a cardinal tetra’s bright blue stripe catches your eye whilst you’re reading a book... doesn’t this make you want you to scape your own blackwater aquarium now?!  Blackwater aquariums are beautiful. They are pleasing to the eye and pleasing to the fish. This is possibly the best way in which us aquarists can please our fish-- by recreating their natural habitat and water parameters. ...

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