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Planted Aquarium Substrate: Soil, Gravel, and Sand

Sep 04 2020 1 Comment beginner guest blog guide layout/styles substrate tips

Planted Aquarium Substrate: Soil, Gravel, and Sand Written by Tammy Law (@aquarist_tl)   Thinking about starting a new aquarium and wondering which substrate is right for your setup? Or if you need any substrate at all? Every aquarium has their own style and unique layout. Some serve a more functional purpose while others are more for aesthetics.  This article will go over the benefits and disadvantages of bare-bottom tanks vs. tanks with substrate, as well as the pros and cons of the three main types of substrates used in the freshwater aquarium hobby: gravel, sand, and soil.    Bare-bottom vs....

Dry Start Method Step by Step Guide

Sep 02 2020 1 Comment beginner DIY dry start guest blog guide layout/styles tips

Dry Start Method Step by Step Guide Written by Team BP & Bryson Zheng (@unso.fish.ticated) The initial weeks of starting a planted aquarium are often the most frustrating. You might experience plants that seem set on floating and sparse growth.  Let me introduce you to the dry start method (DSM). This bad boy solution gives you the opportunity to bypass all of the aforementioned problems! The dry start method simply allows your plants to grow quicker while emersed until their roots are established. It is also the easiest and quickest way to grow carpet plants. The DSM gives your plants more abundant access...

Which Twinstar LED Light is Best For You?

Aug 13 2020 0 Comments guide layout/styles lighting

Which Twinstar LED Light is Best For You?   Purchasing the perfect LED light for your planted tank is crucial to your scape’s success. That being said, we understand how the process of buying the right aquarium lighting can be overwhelming. With an abundance of brands and types, where do you even start?  Our answer: Twinstar. This company is globally known for their full spectrum LED lights that will enhance the coloration and bring your tank to life--whether it be a planted aquarium, terrarium, shrimp tank, or fish tank. Twinstar lights come in sleek, minimalist designs that range in price...

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 1 Comment 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: 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...

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...

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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