Where can I buy fish tank plants from?
You can buy live plants from aquatic centres and pet shops, however, buying online will offer more choice. It’s also important to note that a lot of these plants have different names and therefore it may be a good idea to do some research if you cannot find the one listed in your local shop.
How do I plant fish tank plants?
All plants are different. For some on the list above, they’ll benefit from floating or being tied to rock or driftwood. Moss, when planted in rocks or wood, can make for a nice shelter for fish.
Other plants need to be planted in the substrate gravel. For these plants:
- Remove the plastic pot and the protective wool.
- Gently break to plant up into smaller sizes.
- Plant these into your gravel using a pair of long tweezers and ensure the roots are secure.
How do I maintain healthy plants?
There are three main ways to take care of your live plants:
- The first thing to do is ensure you invest in some plant growth substrate. It’s a natural concentrate that acts as a long-term nutrition store underneath your aquarium gravel to continue feeding your plants.
- Secondly, you can purchase plant fertiliser that contains iron as well as other plant nutrients that will promote healthy plant growth and colour. This should be used weekly.
- Plants need Carbon Dioxide to thrive and a lack of it will lead to poor growth and weak plants. And while there is carbon dioxide in the water from the fish, if you’re plants aren’t doing well it may be a good idea to supplement them with some more CO2. However, it’s important to strike the balance to ensure you don’t poison the fish. The recommended amount is under 30ppm and you can measure this through indicators such as a CO2 indicator set.