Planted tanks can be a great choice for beginners looking to get into the hobby of aquarium keeping. A planted tank can provide an aesthetically pleasing environment and an enjoyable experience for a beginner aquarist. Planted tanks are easier to maintain than a traditional fish-only tank.
By adding plants to the aquarium, they can help keep the water clean by taking up nutrients, providing oxygen, and filtering out toxins. This helps to reduce the need for frequent water changes and reduces the amount of time and effort a beginner needs to spend in order to maintain their tank. That said, typically we recommend a minimum of 30% water change every week.
Planted tanks also require less equipment than a traditional fish-only tank. A filter, heater, and lighting are all that is necessary for a planted tank.
The lighting is important as it provides the light needed for the plants to photosynthesise.
The filter is used to help keep the tank clean and maintain water quality. The heater is used to keep the water at the proper temperature for the fish and plants.
Plants also provide a natural habitat for fish, which can help them to feel more secure and comfortable in their environment. Plants also provide a hiding place for shy fish, and can be used to help create a natural looking environment in the tank.
Finally, a planted tank can be a more cost-effective option for a beginner. Live plants are generally cheaper than fish, and can be a great way to get started in the hobby without breaking the bank.
In conclusion, a planted tank can be a great choice for a beginner who is just getting into the hobby of aquarium keeping. Planted tanks are easier to maintain, require less equipment, and can provide a more natural looking environment for the fish. They are also more cost effective and can help to create a more enjoyable experience for a beginner aquarist.