• Tue. Jun 6th, 2023

A Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up a Planted Aquarium


Aquariums are ideal to create a peaceful atmosphere at home. If you’re looking for a more natural aesthetic, an aquarium is an excellent choice. It is a source of life and vitality. With a freshwater aquarium, we can create an ecosystem and bring the beauty of the ocean into our homes. 

The presence of real plants in an aquarium makes it easier for fish to feel at home. Freshwater fish benefit greatly from the existence of natural plants, which provide oxygen and remove CO2. There is no chance of leaking synthetic color from the plants because they are alive. Your freshwater planted aquarium will seem beautiful and exciting if you add colorful fish to the mix.

A freshwater aquarium setup must be one of your most pressing concerns. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for assistance in learning how to set up a planted tank.

Types of Equipment To set up the Aquarium 

You will need a few essentials to put your planted tank together. The following is a complete list of all of the items:

Varieties of plants (Java Fern, Anubias Nana, Java Moss, Wisteria,  Micro Sword, Moneywort, Indian Waterweed, and Pygmy Chain Sword)

  • Glass aquarium 
  • Planter bed foundation material
  • LED strips in the aquarium 
  • Driftwood
  • Rocks and crevices in the landscape
  • Filtering power
  • Heater
  • Assay supplies

If you’re creating a tank for creatures, be sure to include them. You may add the fancy Bettas, Tetras, Gouramis, and other goldfish with flowing fins as acceptable additions.

Should Know the Process 

You’ll want to pick a location with enough light to show off the aquatic plants for a planted aquarium. In order to do this, the tank must place near an electrical plug outlet as well as in a shady, less humid environment. However, if you want the plants to develop fast, avoid placing the tank in full sunlight. As a result, the tank will quickly overrun with algae and subject to constant temperature fluctuations in the daytime and nighttime temperature. 

When it comes to growing plants, they require a certain wavelength of light, and intense illumination is a no-no. It’s important to keep your tank’s plants in an appropriate range so that they appear lush.

  • 25 watts per liter (for low light)
  • 50 watts per liter (for medium lighting)
  • 0 watts per liter (for high lighting)

Avoid putting a planted aquarium in a crowded environment to show off its attractiveness. It may be in a fight with another pet or kids. Rather than putting it in an area with a lot of traffic, attempt to locate it near water.

Cleaning the aquarium’s accessories is critical since even the tiniest particles of dirt can hurt the aquatic ecosystem. To decrease tank cloudiness, thoroughly clean all substrates and the whole tank, avoiding the use of any soap. Keeping your plants in quarantine will ensure that they are free of duckweed and pest snails, which can be harmful to fish. Place the plants in the tank when you’re certain they’ve cleared of any danger.

A substrate is critical in a planted aquarium since with a non-planted aquarium, you may use any sort of gravel or sand you choose. Once this is done, it’s time to go further. You must, however, feed nutrients to the plants in the one you planted. Add varied-sized pebbles and grains so that organic matter can accumulate in the substrate, which is your best option. 

Roots are well-anchor by the various sands, rocks, and gravels. Preserve a size range of 2-5 mm for the substrate while keeping the substrate length at about 2-3 inches. Root fertilizers can used for Sword plants and other plants that rely only on their roots for their nourishment (if you use an inert substrate).

Vitamins and minerals including magnesium, nitrate, zinc, and iron are included in tablet-shaped root fertilizers that may be applied to the soil.

When you’re satisfied with the substrate, it’s time to mount the aquarium on a sturdy tank stand.

Once the substrate has been added, the filter and heater must be installed, and the water flow and temperature must be adjusted. However, don’t switch them on at this point. Driftwood, bogwood, pebbles, and everything else you need to make your aquarium distinctive and healthy may be arranged in any way you choose.

Final Words

Initiate the tank’s internal cycling. Add ammonia first, and then raise the concentration by 1 part per million (ppm) per day, starting with 2-4 ppm. Beneficial bacteria will flourish as a result of this. Now that your planted aquarium is complete, it’s time to introduce your new aquatic friends.

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