Wildlife & Nature Blog...
Anyway, most folks like plants in their aquarium. However, most people
seem to think those fake, plastic plants are the way to go. To have a
healthy environment for your fish population, it is an added bonus to
include live plants. They not only provide additional oxygen and put
less demand on air pumps and bubble makers (aerators), they also provide
shelter for young fry, a place to lay eggs, food for some types of
fish, and help balance the nitrogen cycle, and so on.
The plant I'm talking about today, is called Hornwort. It was my
favorite aquatic plant out of all the ones I tried. It grows really
fast, has lush green growth, and turns your tank into a jungle if you
don't trim it on occasions. You can buy a small amount from an
aquarium/aquatic pet supplier, throw it into your tank, and watch it
grow. I've had some come in before with snails attached, but they were
all consumed by my fish, so it didn't matter. It grows from both ends,
and you can trim, cut, and spread it out accordingly. I liked to let
mine grow in long strands, as I preferred lots of green growth that
Hornwort often floats around at the surface, so it does block a good bit
of light when it starts getting big. This can be a good thing if you
don't have very many algae eaters in your tank, as that will sort of
help keep that in check, as well. Another added benefit for having a
fast growing plant like Hornwort in your tank, is that when you have to
periodically remove a lot of it, you are also removing some of the
built-up nitrogen/nitrates that accumulate in your aquarium. Yeah, the
waste cycle goes from ammonia to nitrites to the less harmful nitrates,
but it is good to keep the cycle flowing for healthy fish. Of course, a
good supply of healthy bacteria that is naturally found in established
tanks will quickly convert the waste into nitrate, and semi-regular
water and filter changes will keep that in check, also.
The one thing you need to watch out for when you have a tank full of
Hornwort, is the pH level. This particular aquarium plant tends to lower
your pH, as it pull the nutrients and trace minerals from the water to
sustain its fast growth. Okay, well, I thought I'd share that today, in
case anybody is out there searching for a good aquarium plant; cheers!
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