Fish Tank Plants
Fish tank plants are an attractive addition to any fish tank or aquarium, making a decorative environment for your fish and aquatic pets to swim around in. As well as looking good, plants can have many practical functions as well.
In many cases they can be a great source of food, as some species of fish will eat the plants or will consume the algae from the leaves. It’s important to select the right kind of aquarium plants to suit the type of fish you have. For example if you have larger fish you may want to choose tougher-leaved aquarium plants.
If you have fish that come naturally from an environment that has a lot of vegetation, aquarium plants will have a positive effect on their well-being and increase their activity, making for a lively, healthy and interesting aquarium.
They can also act as filtration for the fish tank and are good at absorbing pollutants. By using aquarium plants, you can reduce the nitrate levels in the water, creating a healthier environment for the fish. If you use tap water in your aquarium, the water will probably contain metal compounds which can cause problems for the fish over time. Plants will help to absorb these compounds, making the water safer.
Artificial aquarium plants can also benefit your fish. Plastic plants are made from materials that are safe and non-toxic for your pets and will provide them with a hiding place and a fun environment to be part of. They are also a great way of decorating the tank without the need for upkeep.
Artificial plants are much easier to care for than live ones, requiring no lighting equipment and they will not decay over time. If you have fish that are prone to eating or digging up their plants, silk or plastic aquarium plants are an excellent alternative.
Whether you choose to use live or artificial is down to the type of fish you keep, how experienced you are with keeping them, and your personal preference. Both kinds of aquarium plants provide many benefits for your fish and to the look of your aquarium.
There are many different types of plants available for your tank including foreground, midground, background, floating and carpet plants. Each are sold for using in different parts of the aquarium. Much like gardening, plants for your fish tank can be a hobby in itself, with many different varieties, colours and shapes to pick from!