How to add new plants to aquarium

How to add new plants to aquarium

When adding new plants to an aquarium, there are a few key steps to follow to ensure that they establish themselves and thrive in their new environment:

  1. Rinse the plants thoroughly: Before adding new plants to the aquarium, it is important to rinse them thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. This will also help to remove any pesticides or chemicals that may have been used on the plants.

  2. Plant them correctly: Depending on the type of plant, it may need to be planted in a specific way. For example, some plants need to be planted in a substrate, while others can be attached to rocks or driftwood. It is important to research the specific needs of the plants you are adding to your aquarium.

  3. Provide adequate lighting: Plants need light to photosynthesize and grow. Make sure you have the right type of lighting for the plants you're adding, and that the light is positioned correctly over the tank.

  4. Add fertilizers: Some plants may require additional fertilizer to help them establish themselves in the aquarium. It is important to research the specific needs of the plants you are adding and to follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging.

  5. Monitor the water parameters: Keep an eye on the water parameters such as pH, temperature, and water hardness. Make sure they are suitable for the plants you are adding.

  6. Be patient: It can take some time for new plants to establish themselves and start growing in an aquarium. Be patient and give them time to adjust to their new environment.

It's also important to note that not all aquarium plants are suitable for all aquariums, so be sure to research the plants you're interested in and make sure they will thrive in the conditions you can provide.

Top tip for newly planted aquariums: Have your lights on for no more than 6 hours per day for the first 3-4 weeks. This helps avoid algae outbreaks whilst your tank is yet to mature, brown algae usually strikes first and is a sign of too much light.