Questions tagged [aquatic-plants]

Aquatic plants that are kept with fish, amphibians, or other pets. Questions are generally about how they affect some aspect of the pet's care, behavior, or health; or vice-versa. If the question could be asked without any reference to the pet itself, it's probably off-topic.

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How many plants do I need for my aquarium?

I have an ~120 litre aquarium containing 30-40 small fish (tetras and barbs). What volume of plants is enough to keep it in balance? I'd prefer not to introduce new entities to the water for as ...
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Is my bioload too high?

I have about 12 plants in my 60 gallon tank. I am planning on adding the following: 6 Albino Corys 3 Black Mollys 1 Male Gourami and 2 female Gourami 3 SAEs (siamese algae eaters) 5 Yo-Yo Loaches ...
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How to anchor aquarium plants?

I have a number of live plants in my aquarium. One of them - an oxygen weed - frequently works its way loose from the gravel in which I've planted it. I find myself often having to retrieve bits of ...
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Identify algae in aquarium

I have been trying to reduce the algae I have in my 60 gallon aquarium that has been caking to the leaves of my planted staurogyne repens. I have reduced my lighting to only be on for 9hrs per day ...
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How can I best protect my fire-bellied toad eggs from the mother?

I've had trouble with my female B. orientalis eating or accidentally killing the eggs she lays. I've read online that in China, fire-bellied toads are commonly found in rice farms among the rice ...
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Which South American fish will keep pygmy chain sword plants clean?

I have a new tank (40 gallon long) that's just finished cycling. I've had plants in there for a few weeks already and they're doing well overall, but are starting to show some real algae build-up. In ...
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What plants and animals can naturally oxygenate a fish pond?

I have three freshwater fish pond pots. I do not have a man-made filtration system and the fish are doing well. "How do I balance surface area and volume in my outdoor fish pond?" asks about ...
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Where do you keep aquarium plants until you plant them in an aquarium?

Just wondering where can you put aquarium plants for a week or until you need them to plant in your aquarium?
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CO₂ supply with KH 0 - pH effect

I couldn't find anything online so I'm asking the question here. I use distilled water for some species of crabs which should have a carbonate hardness of 0. Now I want to add plants to the aquarium ...
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Help with Fishless Cycling with Live Plants

I have some questions regarding fishless cycling of a 65L tank I have set up 2 days ago. Please bear with me. I set up the tank with tap water, and added an appropriate amount of Seachem Prime to ...
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Red algae in my tank

I have found some red algae last night in my tank. I'm looking for possible cause and also a way to kill it. I have shrimp and fish in that tank, so no chemicals if possible. My water parameters are ...
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How to reduce anaerobic gas build-up in aquarium substrate?

I have a planted tropical community tank which has a layer of roughly 3cm of fine sand substrate. I've read a lot about anaerobic gas build-up in the substrate where it is not regularly turned over ...
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Does store-bought coral come from coral reefs?

While I'm not currently thinking of building a salt-water tank, I might do after a few years of experience. I've seen a lot of YouTube videos and online tutorials that feature different coral setups ...
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What plant is this?

I was dealing with a lengthy illness and wasn't caring for my tank besides the minimums, and this plant has overgrown everywhere in my salt water tank. It's a very green plant (not sure why the ...
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Are thse Hemianthus callitrichoides aka Dwarf Baby Tears?

I was sold these plants as Hemianthus callitrichoides. But I am now not so sure they are. I would like to know if they are or not. And if they are not, what they may be.
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Keeping moss balls from sticking to aquarium filter

Not sure if aquatic plants would fall into the Pets category. I bought some moss balls but they kept getting sucked into the filter's pipe. How can I avoid this and will this lead to any problems for ...
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How to choose good plants for a tropical fish tank?

If I was considering building out a tropical fish tank for my home and wanted to create a good landscape (waterscape?) for both the fish and our visual impact, what are some of the things that I ...
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Species identification: fizzing plants

Many years ago I added some plants to my aquarium that would bubble aggressively from their leaves. When the lights were turned up high they would almost fizz. My angelfish liked to swim in the bubble ...
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Aqua plants and fish poop

Currently I have an aquarium that has a pebble bottom. Smooth and round pebbles both big and small. I am toying with the idea of introducing live plants to my aquarium. I would like to avoid soil ...
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Will my bristlenose pleco eat aquarium plants?

I've got two 20 gallon fish tanks. One has a bristlenose pleco and 5 tetras, one has 4 corycats and 4 nannostomus and a ton of plants. I am thinking of merging the two tanks as keeping both clean is a ...
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CO₂ injection for Dutch style aquarium

My local fish store is having their every other month sale of $1 per gallon regardless of shape, and I am considering picking up a 40 gallon (around 151 liters) breeder tank in order to set up a Dutch ...
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How to start building a Live Plant Aquarium?

Folks I'm tropical fish lover, this time I planning to grow real plants inside my tank instead of the fake ones. Can someone please suggest me the procedure to where to get started and what are all ...
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What aquarium plant is this?

I got this potted aquarium plant (unmarked) from my local fish store a few weeks ago thinking it was Helanthium tenellum, but now that it's growing out a bit I'm not sure what it is. Would anyone be ...
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How to move a plant aquarium, to another house, city?

I have a an aquarium with normal glass, in the next couple of months we move to another city. Detail Size of the aquarium is 90 x 40 x 30 cm, it has so many plants that I use CO2 capsule and ...
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How to use CO2 tablets for aquarium?

I'm new to live planted aquarium. Recently, while looking for CO2 system for my 22 liters (about 6 gallons) tank, I came through a product named CO2 tablets from generic seller. But I don't know the ...
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Aquarium for watering plants, what organisms would be best?

I want to keep a small fresh water aquarium to water my plants. The water will be circulated by a small solar pump, the tank will be indoors and will get partial sunlight exposure each day. ...
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Why do my aquarium plants appear like they are mummified?

My 20 gallon tank is 6 months old. I haven't had too many problems with it, just a few diatoms 2 months into cycling it. I added 4 Serpae tetras, a Golden algae eater, 2 shrimp and an Assassin snail ...
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CO₂ cylinder - aluminium vs steel, which one is preferred?

Folks, I'm planning to add pressurized CO2 cylinder for my new tank. But now I'm stuck between the 2 cylinder materials: steel and aluminium: Steel is cheap, durable and heavy. Aluminium is a little ...
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Can I use any bulb in lighting my aquarium?

I have a 2watts led bulb and I am planning to use it as a lighting in my aquarium of volume 20 gal. My question will be can I use it without harming my fishes? And in general can I use any bulb as a ...
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What soil should I use for a dirted aquarium?

I am preparing to make a dirted aquarium. I have some CaribSea eco-complete substrate which I will be putting on top of a layer of soil in my 10 gallon tank. I am considering using Miracle-Gro ...
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Plants for a brackish water tank?

Anyone know some plant salt resistant for this type of tank? I need a some reference cause this tank have a bit percentage of salinity in the wate, is lower percentatge but this can harm the plants. ...
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Can goldfish eat sea lettuce?

I picked up some sea lettuce attached to stones from the local beach near where fresh water was entering the sea, and have washed off the salt water, and placed it into my fresh water tank. The leaves ...
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White dots appearing on the drift wood surface

In my newly set aquarium, white dots are appearing over the drift wood surface. I don't know what it is and don't know how to avoid it. Its a newly planted aquarium with no fish. I haven't introduced ...
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Full Spectrum LED (400nm to 840nm) vs Grow Light LED (RED+BLUE)

I'm planning to buy lights for my planted aquarium tank. After a small research I found that regular lights are not suited for growing plants. Beacuse they need BLUE for leaf growth and RED for stem ...
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How to use Aquarium Substrate Soil

I recently bough this Soil, as required dirt for aquarium (i don't know how to say in your language that desn't mix with specific kind of dirt, but the thing that root of plant live within). Here are ...
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My aquarium plants' leaves are dying

Why do my plants seem to get destroyed? I have around eleven to thirteen small fish, including Hypostomus plecostomus. My usual temperature inside aquarium was around 26 - 27 °C at first but I ...
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How do I remove hair algae from my fish tank?

I have a 5-gallon tank that has a betta, a few live plants, and a hiding place that I have had up and running since August, the fish has been in there since September. A few weeks after adding the ...
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Can I fertilize aquarium plants in a similar way to garden plants?

For most fertilizers used with garden plants, they are labeled with percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen is good for helping the tops of the plants grow nice and green, the ...
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Why do I see gas bubbles raising from plants after water changes?

I have a 60 l freshwater aquarium. After water changes I see plants producing gas, which raises to the top just like when I had CO2 fertilization running (currently turned off since some weeks). The ...
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Is there such a thing a underwater climbing plants?

I'm looking for a plant which grows up the pipe of my undergravel filter (in a 30 l freshwater aquarium), i.e. from ground to the water surface growing precisely around the pipe. I'm aware that I ...
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How can I get rid of string algae that's inside java moss?

The last batch of plants that I ordered came with a surprise supply of string algae. So now it's growing on top of all my plants in the tank. I've been trying everything I can to get rid of it. The ...
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Planted nano-aquarium experiment

Materials several 750ml cylindrical glass containers (with and without top cap) different types of substrates: gravel (small to mid-size grains), sand and fertilized soil for aquarium (neutral pH) ...
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How can I prevent my plants from getting eaten too fast?

I've got a huge problem with my fish and plants. They eat them too rapidly. Put in 5 plants yesterday afternoon. Today they are half eaten already. Mostly, the sword bearers are responsible. Eaters ...
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How to encourage an aquarium plant to carpet on it's own?

I have a small 10 gallon planted aquarium with Staurogyne repens as the main plant. My long-term goal is to have the S. repens cover most of the substrate. The substrate in my aquarium is organic soil ...
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Black algae all over tank after 6 months [duplicate]

I started a planted tank with Monte Carlo. Everything was fine till first 4 months and the carpet was also coming up well. But after that black algae started to come all over the substrate and leaves. ...
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Completely Self Sustaining Aquatic Environment in a Sealed Jar

I recently got the idea into my head to create an entirely self sustaining aquatic environment in a (large) sealed jar. I'd like to include: A layer of soil and gravel at the bottom A large number ...
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Flourish Excel melting my hair grass and ludwigia

Folks, I got a nano-tank setup of 6 gallon (around 23 liters), in which I got: Tall Grass (Eleocharis Vivipara) Ludwigia Mini Dwarf Hair Grass (Eleocharis Acicularis) For the first 3 weeks I didn't ...
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Best plant, live or artificial, to include into a tropical fish tank [closed]

I have a tropical fish tank at the moment with: Tiger Tetras; Neon Tetras; 2 Catfish (I can't remember the exact species). What plant would you suggest?
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Relentless Nitrites

So I’ve recently set up a small 5 gallon tank, planted heavily, and started a fishless cycle. I got stuck on my nitrite stage as a result of overdosing ammonia, but it finally came back down 3 days ...
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I'm wanting to have a female Betta sorority and Corydras- would that be over crowding?

I have a 3ft tank, it's been cycling for about a week so far. We want to have a female Betta sorority(at least 5 females) and at least 2 bottom feeders (Corydras). Would this be considered ...
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