Lighting & Plants in the Fish Aquarium
Aquarium plants are as important to aquariums as water is to
fish. Aquarium plants add more life to aquarium and make it to
look beautiful while completing the aquarium community
The most important thing to bear in mind with plants is to form
an attractive background, leaving ample space so the fish can
swim undisturbed and be seen. The tall, grassy type is best
planted at intervals in rows, while the feathery ones look
better when they are bunched into small clumps, which makes
them to appear like branching bushes.
When planting rooted plants, hold the tips of the bunch of
roots between the thumb and second finger and rest them on the
sand. Now with the first finger push the upper part of the
roots (where they join the stem) about 2cm into the sand.
Without moving this finger scrape with the thumb and second
finger some sand over any uncovered portion of the root.
When putting in rootless plants in bunches, the method
explained above is repeated, but this time the lower ends of
the stems are placed together and treated exactly as if they
It is important that the water surface should be right up to
the lower edge of the top angle iron of the tank, so that
looking from the front the water surface can not be seen and
the viewer gets the impression that there is no water in the
aquarium. If the level is allowed to fall below the top angle
iron the tank looks like a container holding water.
Aquarium Lighting is also important for aquarium plants
This depends greatly on whether you intend to successfully grow
plants or not. Lack of light causes colorful fish to fade and
clanch-reds to pink, green to white. The two main methods of
lighting aquarium are by the INCADESCENT and FLOURESCENT.
The total amount of light required is a matter of trial and
error. Too much light will turn the water green; too little
will stunt plant growth.
The lighting can be natural or artificial or a combination of
both. The best position is near a north facing window. This
should provide the ideal amount of indirect lights which an be
supplemented by artificial light.
The lighting should be housed in wood constructed stylishly
with the furniture and placed above the tank. if there is no
natural day light, the lights should be left on for
approximately eight hours per day.
If the water turns green, you cut down on the light.
The best light for showing off an aquarium comes from behind.
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