As any good aquarist knows, aquarium plants are key to a beautiful and successful aquascape. Though there is no precise delimitation regarding the choice of the plants, being limited only by your own creativity and imagination, there are a select few that are a common occurrence in most aquascapes, be it a Dutch, Jungle or Nature Aquarium style.
Hemianthus Callitrichoides (commonly known as Cuba) is both a popular and versatile Aquarium Plant that produces a lush green aquarium carpet effect. It can be used to create a rich base that can contrast against other focal point Aquarium Plants.
Aquascaping interview with Diego Marinelli, a talented aquascaper from Italy.
Planted aquariums need carbon dioxide, light and nutrients for healthy plant growth. Supplementing the water with a good aquarium plant fertilizers will provide all of nutrients and trace elements that plants need. Signs that your aquatic plants are deficient in essential nutrients are yellowing or brown leaves. The plants can also take on a glassy or transparent texture. Making sure that plants have the right amount of aquarium plant fertilizers means that they don’t have to work too hard to find it, and they can grow beautifully.
Carbon dioxide (CO²) is one of the most important nutrients plants need in order to grow. Carbon is the one fundamental element that stands at the base of all life on Earth, underwater world included. Find out how the presence of CO2 in the planted aquarium influences the aquascaping process, what types of CO² systems you should go for your own aquascape, as well as useful tips and tricks on how to get the best potential out of your plants using CO².
This month the first edition of the Romanian Aquascaping Competition came to a finish. The first one of this kind in Romania, the contest attracted a handful of aquarists from the country, who entered their aquarium in one of the 3 categories hoping that it would be a winner. We’ll present the winners from the first and most important category: Planted tanks, with its 3 sub-categories: less than 100 liters, between 100 and 300 liters and more than 300 liters aquariums.
We think the best way to learn a new hobby is by getting knowledge and insight from those that are experienced in that particular field. We recently talked to George Farmer, a passionate aquascaper from the UK who is now working for Tropical Marine Centre, and he was kind enough to take some time in answering our questions. Read on.