Planted aquariums can be a bit more difficult to maintain than other aquariums, but with the right knowledge and care, they can be easy to manage.
Aquariums are like any other pet, in that they require regular maintenance and care. With planted aquariums, there are a few extra steps to get the tank looking its best.
First, the tank needs to be properly set up to ensure that the plants have the right environment to grow. This includes making sure the water temperature, pH, and other parameters are at the right levels.
Additionally, the substrate needs to be chosen carefully, as this will determine the health of the plants. Most substrates are designed specifically for planted tanks, and they should be replaced every year to prevent nutrient depletion our most popular substrate is Tropica Aquarium Soil.
Second, the plants need to be chosen carefully. Different plants have different requirements, and not all plants are suitable for planted aquariums. It’s important to research plants before buying them for the tank to make sure they will be able to survive in the environment. Additionally, it’s important to make sure the plants are compatible with any fish that will be living in the tank. Most customers choose a Mixed Box of Plants to start them off and you can see these here.
Third, regular maintenance is needed to keep the tank looking its best. This includes weekly water changes and cleaning the tank of debris and algae. Additionally, any dead or dying plants should be removed from the tank to prevent them from rotting and affecting the water quality.
Fourth, the plants need to be fertilised regularly to ensure they have the nutrients they need to thrive. This can be done with liquid fertilisers or using fertilising tablets which can be added to the substrate. We recommend using Neutro T for your fertiliser and Neutro TerraTabs for root tabs.
Finally, light is also important for planted aquariums. The right type and intensity of light is needed to ensure that the plants can photosynthesise and grow. LED lights are often recommended for planted tanks, as they are energy efficient and can be adjusted to provide the right amount of light for the plants. With the right set up and regular maintenance, planted aquariums can be easy to manage. With a bit of dedication and research, anyone can have a thriving planted tank.