Why are live aquarium plants important?

If you are reading this article you must be interested in having live plants in your aquarium but are not quite sure where to start with them. You may not even know if they’re worth it or not. They are. Live plants are the holy grail of aquariums. They are simply the very best thing you can add to an aquarium to make everything better for your fish. Yes, they are that good! The first question you may ask is why are they so important. Continue reading

Series on Live Plants

I’m putting together my own version of a guide to using live plants in an aquarium. I’m only part way through writing it, but it is turning out to be quite lengthy so I figured it might be best to break it up into a bunch of shorter articles on each topic rather than a single super long article.

So keep an eye out for my series on live plants! I’ll be starting with an article on why plants are useful, and from there I will give my advice on how to grow them and keep them alive.

  1. Why are Live Plants Important?
  2. What substrate choices are there, and what is best?
  3. What kind of lighting do I need?
  4. Do I need fertilizer? What kind?
  5. What plants can I not have with my fish?
  6. What about pH, GH, KH? Do these affect plants?

Vacation Advice

So you’re going on vacation, but don’t know what to do with your fish?

Don’t worry, it’s probably not as big of a deal as your initial thoughts may imply. In fact, it’s downright easy for most trips.

So you’ll be out of the house for a week, week and a half, maybe even 2 weeks, what should you do? Nothing.

Yes, you heard me correctly, nothing. Well, almost nothing. Before leaving for an extended period you should do a nice good, big water change, 50% is a good amount. It’s also a good idea to do a water change even on shorter trips if you’ll be gone on your normal water change day. Follow this up with another 50% change when you return. Continue reading