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aquarium plants

Layout will, naturally be governed mainly by individual taste and artistic capability, but to those putting together their first tank the suggestions regarding numbers of plants, etc. might be helpful.

This plant has very long blade-like leaves with undulating edges, and grows to about 20 inch in good light. It is mainly an ornamental plant, but it is really a poor oxygenator.

Aponogeton crispum is really a delightful plant to use as a key piece from which to plan the balance of the 'underwater landscape'. The leaves are pale green in color and so delicate that they're nearly translucent. The margins are crinkled, not unlike some species of seaweed. The slim stems will extend their length to suit the water depth, an perfect depth being about 12-15 in. This plant does, nevertheless, require a strong light.

It is a species discovered naturally in Ceylon, and could be propagated by division of the root stock.

As its name implies, this is one of the smaller plants which is perfect for placing near the front of the aquarium. The leaves are narrow and grow to two or three inches only. It does need strong light if it's to prosper, but it grows fairly slowly. It may be divided into smaller plants by carefully splitting from the rhizome, or root base.

An aquarium without plants is like a room without furniture, empty and uninviting.

Even the most exotic fish can't be shown to benefit in a tank devoid of vegetation, as it is by contrasting the many colors of the fish with a natural background of several shades of green, that we discover the charm of tropical fish.

Plants not only supply decoration along with a means of simulating natural conditions, they're also functional in the sense that they assist to supply oxygen under certain conditions.

All animal life, and this needless to say includes fish, take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Plants, on the other hand, under the influence of strong light, take in carbon dioxide via their leaves and give off oxygen.

This is an over simplified explanation of photosynthesis, but it does demonstrate the functional aspects of aquarium plants.

Prior to putting new plants into your tank just make certain that they're clean and totally free from germs and unwanted snails. To do this, rinse them under the tap and remove any yellow or decaying leaves, and also remove any of the jellylike eggs of snails you might find on the leaves. They can then be immersed in a solution of concentrated lime water diluted with water to a proportion of six parts tap water to one component lime water. To make lime water, liberally mix hydrated lime in water and let the sediment settle, then draw off the clear water and mix as previously described.

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