How To Choose Goldfish Plants For Your Beautiful Aquarium
If plants use nitrates as food and convert them to proteins that fish eat, then you might expect them to be good for your goldfish. Plants can be helpful to your aquarium, but should be added gradually. There is a good case for the beginner using artificial plants as real plants can substantially alter pH and oxygen levels.
If you are dedicated to keeping live plants in your aquarium, you need to know that this is not a bad idea. Why? Plants play a vital role in a well maintained and balanced aquarium, because they help to lower the nitrate levels in your tank.
Select plants by size, leaf shape and color. Use tall ones for the back of the aquarium and middle or short for the center or front.
Make sure you use aquatic plants that are sold either potted or bare-rooted. Check for dead or damaged leaves and not to have rotten roots. Put each plant individually - do not add one more plant at a time. Do this to sure the Nitrogen Cycle and water parameters are are not highly influenced by the plants you will add.
Goldfish will eat them and you will keep replacing them if you buy them.
Gently hold the plant near the base and, using a finger of the same hand, make a hole in the gravel.
Some plants are sold as cuttings. Look for healthy plants with good green leaves and no dead or dieing leaves or stems. Cuttings are particularly prone to rooting at the base.
When you get your plants home, unpack them carefully. Once prepared from planting, lay them out on a tray in shallow, warm water to prevent them from dieing out. Allow yourself plenty of time to plant the aquarium. Rushing the process can damage the plants.
Useful tips on adding real plants to your aquarium:
- add one or two plants at a time, so the ecosystem can adapt
- if you add too many plants at once, the Nitrogen Cycle will be affected. The aquarium will also experience large fluctuations in oxygen levels in the day and in the night it might be stressful to your goldfish
Top 3 real plants that are easy-to-grow, decorative and hardy.
Water Milfoil (Myriophillum)
Water Milfoil is an ideal plant for providing fish something to feel secure, rest and relax. Water Milfoil has a plethora of small branches with long thin leaves, giving it the appearance of a giant green brush cleaner.
What is great about this plant is that once you have some, it is relatively easy to grow yourself.
Below are some tips on how to take your own Water Milfoil cuttings:
- find 5 longer stems cut them at the base with a pair of scissors
- remove the bottom 2 layers of leaves
- replant the 5 stems together in the gravel
Java Fern (Microsorium)
Java Fern is a broad-leafed plant, which grows easily and is decorative. It has long feather-shaped leaves. To grow this successfully, the roots need to be tied to a rock with rubber bands.
The thickened root will then grow out along the surface and upward from there when properly established.
Canadian Pondweed (Anacharis)
Perennial popular, Canadian pondweed, this has long caterpillar-like stems that can easily be pared to the desired length. It adapts well to the cold temperatures of a typical goldfish tank. Most pet stores will sell Canadian Pondweed.
These are often preferred as they will last longer, look attractive and provide some shelter and privacy for the fish from day one.
Whilst a variety of plants may be on sale, you must always check to make sure these plants are appropriate and should be:
- Fully submerged - some plants need to be entirely covered with water
- Partially submerged - some marsh-like plants will root if covered entirely with water
- Suitable for your aquarium. Ensure that any plants are safe for goldfish, as they like to nibble at them.
Seven Steps to Keep Algae Under Control
- Don't keep the aquarium in direct sunlight
- Don't leave the UV light for more than 8 hours a day
- Use snails to eat the algae
- Only feed fish as much as they can eat in 2 minutes. Uneaten food causes an increase in phosphates in the water, which can in turn increase algae growth
- Regular water changes will ensure that the nutrient levels in the water are low
- Use magnetic pad scrapes to remove algae from the sides
- Keep the curtain closed if your tank is near a window
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