Our Range Here at Riverwood Aquatics, we stock aquarium plants from some of the most trusted brands in the industry. No matter what kind of plants you are looking for or how many you need to transform your aquarium, you are sure to love all our range has to offer…. Read More
Here at Riverwood Aquatics, we stock aquarium plants from some of the most trusted brands in the industry. No matter what kind of plants you are looking for or how many you need to transform your aquarium, you are sure to love all our range has to offer.
Why Choose Our Aquarium Plants?
Aquarium plants help to create a natural habitat where fish, invertebrates and molluscs can thrive. Aquarium plants come in a variety of colours, leaf shapes and growth patterns to suit everyone’s personal tastes. Whether you are new to creating aquariums or you are a seasoned expert, choosing the right plants will help you to build an environment that not only looks beautiful but is suited to your skill level.
Improving Water Quality
Beyond their visual appeal, aquarium plants contribute to your aquarium’s water quality. They absorb excess nutrients produced by the fish and release oxygen which is incredibly beneficial. They act as natural filters, reducing algae growth and maintaining a balanced and healthy environment for your fish.
Types of Aquarium Plants
As the aquascaping hobby has grown in popularity, the variety of aquarium plants available for home aquariums has grown in turn. Let’s look at the key differences when it comes to plant placement within your planted aquarium:
Ideal for creating depth and perspective in your aquarium, foreground plants are typically shorter and are placed at the front. Examples include dwarf hairgrass and micro swords, which add a lush carpet-like effect to your aquarium – whether it is a nano or a much larger model.
Midground plants serve as a transition between the foreground and background, providing visual interest and hiding spots for fish. Anubias and java ferns are popular choices and are well-known for their hardiness and striking appearance.
Tall and robust, background plants add height to your aquarium, creating a natural backdrop. Species like Amazon sword and Vallisneria are excellent choices for adding depth and dimension to larger tanks, along with that all-important movement within the aquascape.
Aquarium Planting and Maintenance Tips
When planning a planted aquarium, it’s important to consider factors such as the placement of your plants as well as the substrate that they are planted into. You should also think about lighting and the ongoing maintenance required to keep them healthy and looking their best.
Choose a nutrient-rich substrate to anchor your plants securely and provide essential nourishment. A substrate with iron, potassium, and other trace elements to support robust plant growth is recommended.
Correct Aquarium Lighting:
You should select lighting based on the specific needs of your chosen plants. Different species have varying light requirements, and the plant’s packaging will often advise on the intensity of planting required. Tailoring your lighting setup to meet these needs will help in promoting healthy photosynthesis.
Regular Pruning and Trimming:
To maintain an aesthetically pleasing layout and prevent overcrowding, regularly prune and trim your aquarium plants. This not only enhances the visual appeal but also ensures each plant receives adequate light and nutrients.
Talk to Us Today
To find out more about us and the aquarium plants we stock, please get in touch with our team today. With free high-speed delivery on orders over £100, along with a 30-day guarantee and price-match promise, you’ll be glad you chose Riverwood Aquatics!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Algae growth is a common concern. You can combat it by ensuring balanced lighting, maintaining nutrient levels, and introducing algae-eating species like snails or shrimp to keep any unwanted growth in check.
While artificial plants require less maintenance, live aquarium plants offer additional benefits like improved water quality and a more natural environment for fish and other aquatic life. Consider a mix for the best of both worlds if you are starting out.
CO2 injection can enhance plant growth, especially in densely planted aquariums. However, it’s not always necessary. Start with low-maintenance plants, and if needed, gradually introduce CO2 systems as your expertise grows.