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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...

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: 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...

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...

7 Steps to Create Your Own Mini Pond

Jun 05 2020 0 Comments DIY guest blog layout/styles plants

7 Steps to Create Your Own Mini Pond By:  Bryson (@unso.fish.ticated)   I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this blog post, you keep a planted aquarium. Oftentimes, enthusiasts of planted aquaria find themselves with an excess amount of plants. I hate tossing trimmings or plant material of any kind. In turn, I’ve taken to adding suitable plants to tubs and buckets outside. These containers get quite lush and messy from the amount of sunlight they receive. I like how my tubs look, but you may be more stringent on the aesthetic of your back porch and may have an...

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...

Easy Aquarium Plants for Beginners and Beyond

Sep 24 2019 1 Comment anubias beginner bucephalandra guest blog plants

There's a huge variety of freshwater aquatic plants to choose from, but you're probably wondering which plants are the best to start off with. Here are some beautiful aquarium plants that are easy to grow and look great among other plants.

Four Tips for Achieving Red Aquarium Plants

Jun 12 2019 2 Comments fertilizer guest blog lighting plants tips

Red in a Planted Aquarium? One of the more mystifying subjects in the realm of aquascaping seems to be red plants: why do some people have intense reds, while others struggle to get much color at all? I can humbly admit that I am in the first category- but it took some trial and error to get my plants to reach their full potential in terms of rich coloration. As usual, it can be challenging to get good information on the subject, so I wanted to take a little time to break down my techniques and observations in order to...

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