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Surviving the Heat Wave 2019

Jul 19 2019 0 Comments announcement

Heat Wave 2019 The first heat wave of 2019 has arrived mainly affecting the East Coast and Southern states. As a part of Buce Plant's promise to ensure safe delivery of plants, we will be suspending all plant orders placed on Thursday, July 18th and after until Monday, July 22nd. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us via email, instagram, or facebook message. Thanks and keep cool!      

Four Tips for Achieving Red Aquarium Plants

Jun 12 2019 3 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...

UNS New Aquarium Sizes Giveaway!

Jun 07 2019 1 Comment announcement

(photo ownership: Ultum Nature Systems) ULTUM NATURE SYSTEMS 5S AND 16T GIVEAWAY! Enter for a chance to win either the new UNS 5S or UNS 16T! These are brand new sizes in the Ultum Nature Systems rimless glass aquarium line. Both tanks are 2-Gallon sizes and 4 lucky winners will be taking one home. RULES: Must be 18+ to participate. USA Only! Must claim prize within 24 hours or you automatically forfeit. Must follow all instructions. (We'll be checking!) No purchase necessary HOW TO ENTER: Like our latest post on Instagram. Tag 3 aquascaping friends in the comments! Revisit our feed....

9 Common Planted Aquarium Mistakes to Avoid

May 02 2019 8 Comments beginner fertilizer fish guest blog maintenance plants tips water

NINE COMMON PLANTED AQUARIUM MISTAKES TO AVOID Having trouble finding a good balance in your new tank? Can’t understand why your plants won’t take off, but algae is thriving? Setting up a successful planted tank is supposed to be fun, but it can be frustrating when things don’t turn out as planned. I made many errors when I set up my first few aquascapes back in 2015, and I see plenty of people facing similar challenges online. I hope that the following list of mistakes to avoid will help everything go more smoothly! In no particular order:   NOT ENOUGH WATER...

A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Shrimp

Mar 29 2019 2 Comments beginner guest blog guide shrimp tips

Shrimp are Friends, Not Food! As rewarding as fish can be to keep, sometimes more variety is needed. As you may have guessed by my Instagram handle (@shrimpery), I am a big fan of keeping freshwater shrimp as pets. In fact, they are what introduced me to the aquarium hobby! Here is a brief primer on how to go about keeping these friendly, colorful and prolific animals in your own tank. First things first: the species of shrimp you select will determine how easy it is to keep and breed. I break down the selection into three categories- Neocaridina shrimp...

How to Prep Potted and Lead Bunch Aquatic Plants!

Feb 20 2019 8 Comments beginner guide plants tips

If you're new to the planted tank hobby, you might be wondering what to do with your new aquatic plants! In general, aquatic plants are sold in portions and will come in two different styles. There are other variations and it can vary depending on where you decide to purchase from, but the most common forms will be potted and lead bunch for aquatic stems. We'll start there! Here we have two popular aquatic plants that are also a great choice for any beginner hobbyists due to their hardy nature. On the left, we have Bacopa Monnieri in a potted form...

Understanding Water Parameters in your Planted Tank

Feb 19 2019 2 Comments beginner guest blog maintenance tips water

Understanding water parameters in the planted tankBy Chris A. Out of all the ingredients that go into a successful planted tank- lighting, filtration, substrate, fertilization hardscape among them - I would argue that the quality of the water used in the tank may be most important. Just like we couldn’t survive breathing toxic air, plants and livestock will have a difficult time thriving in subpar water. The way people talk about water parameters can be confusing, but an understanding of what makes “good water” in a planted tank is critical for maintaining a healthy aquascape. Here is my simple breakdown...

Tissue Culture Plants: Guest Blog Post

Feb 14 2019 1 Comment beginner plants

Tissue culture aquatic plants are a newer form that has come into the scene within the past few years. Invitro plants are grown out in specialized labs to ensure no nuisance pests are introduced into your new aquascape, allowing them to receive all the nutrients they need to grow fast and healthy in a nutrient dense jelly. In a single pot, you can receive, in my opinion, tenfold what you would receive in a traditional potted or aquatic stem lead bunch of aquatic plants. Tissue culture aquatic plants may be a little more pricy, but the benefits truly outweigh the small...

Rare Aquatic Plants: Hygrophila Chai

Jan 28 2019 0 Comments plants

Hygrophila Chai was born through meticulous selection and patient care. This aquatic plant is an extremely rare mutation of the more commonly known Hygrophila Lancea Araguaia. Founded in 2008 by Wilson Law, he noticed a singular stalk of neon pink in a vast collection of the regular species. This peculiar hot pink specimen was taken and carefully cultivated to introduce Chai to the aquarist community. To make the story better, Hygrophila Chai has earned its name from Wilson's wife, Chai. Now known for its bright pink coloration, the demand for this aquatic plant is growing rapidly. It grows very slow, making...

High-Tech Planted Aquarium: Selecting the Right Aquatic Plants

Jan 08 2019 4 Comments beginner guest blog high tech plants tips

Most people (correctly) focus on hardscape selection when they set up a new tank, but when it comes time to add plants, the selection process is often more fraught. For a new aquarist or even a veteran, planting a new scape can be daunting due to the sheer number of plant varieties to choose from. I’ve previously done a blog entry about trimming high tech stem plants, but I thought it might be helpful to provide a guide on how to choose the right plants for different portions of a high tech aquascape. Some general points to emphasize outright: Most...

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