Aquatic Plants

| Aug 16, 2017

The Benefits of Aquatic Plants

Let's face the facts - no matter how good of quality a plastic plant may seem, it still looks plastic.  Furthermore, plastic plants cannot perform photosynthesis to help oxygenate the water and assist in neutralizing nitrogen waste.  
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What's more, if you place real plants in an aquarium before adding your fish, you can help condition the tank with their carbon cycle to make it a more stable environment for your fish!  Real aquatic plants can reduce the occurrence of new tank syndrome, which is the tendency for fish placed in a newly set up tank to have higher mortality rates.
aquatic plant amazon swordAquatic plants can provide biological filtration by absorbing many types of tank waste such as excess food, ammonia, decaying materials, and nitrates.  Plus, because plants compete with algae for nutrients in the water, they can help reduce the growth of pesky algae.
Plants also provide shelter and security for many species of fish and can even help more territorial fish establish their own turf more easily.  It is a truly symbiotic relationship between fish and the aquatic plants they live with!aquatic plant java fern

Keeping a planted aquarium can be rather rewarding, and not as difficult as it may seem.  With the right lighting, nutrients, substrate/anchor, CO2 levels, temperature, and water quality, you can easily turn your tank into an aquatic landscape. 
In fact, there are even several different decorative methods that bring an artistic touch to arranging plants in your aquarium.  By arranging root-sized to tall stem-sized plants, you can create a beautifully sculpted aquatic garden with simple techniques such as the "mountain" arrangement, the "valley" arrangement, or even various "sloping" shapes!  
aquatic plant peruensis ludwigia For the best looking natural garden landscape, try adding a diverse variety of compatible species of plants.  Not only are aquatic plants beautiful and bring even that much more life to a tank environment, they also give the gift of hours of relaxation!  Your fish will thank you, too, since live plants improve overall water quality, bring diversity to their environment, and reduce their potential stress as well.  Stop by an Uncle Bill's near you to see what types of aquatic fauna we have to offer!

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aqueon aquatics
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Cobalt Aquatics
Starting with a staff of the 3 owners and a line of probiotic enhanced flake foods made in the USA and a handful of equipment items made at a world renowned aquatics factory in Italy, Cobalt Aquatics’ aim was to bring the highest quality products to market.  From humble beginnings in 2011, Cobalt Aquatics now features a product mix of hundreds of items from flake food to frozen mysis shrimp, to the original MJ pumps, to award winning heaters and the innovative Egg Rockers.
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