In today’s video we’re going to be doing the seven tips for buying new aquarium plants – and this is going to be a video recommending things that I’ve learned from the past seven years of buying aquarium plants. Some of the things you should do when you first get them how to stop them from melting. You know how to get a really beautiful planted aquarium going.
A lot of people run into trouble at the start, so this is going to be basically aimed at beginners, but some of you guys who are experienced are also going to pick up a few things in this video. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
Tips on Buying New Aquarium Plants
Tip number one is going to be that some plants aren’t even aquatic plants. Now this is normally going to be in your big box stores and things like that. Normally your local fish stores won’t sell. You know aquarium plants that aren’t not aquatic. Basically, what these plants are is they’re either for terrariums or they just simply are quick display easy to grow plants that look good, but then you add them to the aquarium and they melt away. So you want to be really cautious of this.
Basically, I’ll list up a video up in this top right hand, corner watch that video and all 10 of those plants are going to be really safe plants to add to an aquarium and they’re. Also going to be really easy to grow, but you’re not going to run into this issue with plants that you shouldn’t buy. So, you kind of got to look around.
Do your research before you go to a fish store and try and figure out what you want before you get there, and that way you won’t run into these problems when you get there like buying plants that just you bring them back in there, not even aquatic Plants that they just melt away, so that’s my first tip, buy plants that are actually aquatic plants. Don’t make that mistake. I’ve got plants right at the start that were not aquatic. I don’t even remember what species they were and they just melted and yeah, not good. It’s just a waste of money.
My second tip is going to be to try tons and tons of different plants to see what works now. Obviously, if you’ve got an aquarium, that’s low-tech has no fertilizers. Has no CO2 don’t go out there and try and buy like a really expensive. You know dwarf hair grass or like hc cuba, carpet or things like that, because, honestly, it’s never going to work. What I mean with this tip is to try every single plant. That’s like easy to grow and see what grows best in your aquarium, because everyone’s got different water.
Everyone’s got different, you know lights and things like that and it’s hard to say what’s going to grow best in your aquarium, so you might completely surprise yourself and find that you’ve got a certain plant growing, really well, but then another plant that you thought would grow Really well doesn’t grow well at all.
Tip number three wraps into tip number two and it’s not buying enough plants from the start, so my mentality and a lot of other people’s aquarium mentality.
So, it’s just try and create balance in your aquarium and we kind of want to do this from the start. You don’t really want your aquarium to try and find its balance, and what I mean by this is you want to get the chemicals and the plants and the fish all working together to keep the ecosystem really stable. Now, one of the biggest problems that you’re going to run into is plants can be expensive and especially if you buy a lot for a big aquarium, but people kind of go, I can probably get away with this and buy like one or you know two little tiny plants – and the issue is with that – you don’t really get the balance straight away.
So, what can happen when we have imbalances is huge, cloudy fluctuations in bacteria in the water or the worst being algae now. Algae is not such a bad thing. Algae can be really an indicator of a healthy aquarium, but you know we can get huge algae blooms if we don’t have enough plants absorbing minerals and nutrients in the aquarium that the algae can use and just bloom.
So, what you want to do is buy huge amounts of plants from the start like fill up the aquarium, and that way you got the balance going from day one. You don’t really want to be waiting around for your coin. To balance out, it’s worth the extra investment.
Tip number four is gonna, be something that’s super useful for newbies, and this is gonna be before you go to the big box store or to the local fish store. Please look online. Look for other hobbyists in your area, on my craigslist or on Facebook, and things like that for aquarium plants straight out of their aquarium, because, first of all, all the plants that come in and imported into your fish store into the big box stores are grown in Farms and normally they’re grown immersed.
So, what that means is they’re grown out of water but kept wet basically to grow, and what happens is when you bring that into your aquarium? It will grow, but it melts away. You know it has a harder time acclimating to your water, by buying from a hobbyist that plant has already been grown in water. That’s nearby like in your area, so the plants already acclimated to the water. It’s already been grown submersed and it’s just gonna settle into your aquarium, really quick and grow. Really quick and the other thing too is it’s normally cheaper hobbyist will give it away for free, sometimes so. Basically, this is a really useful tip. You’re gonna save money, you’re gonna save time, you’re gonna save headaches buy from hobbyists near you tip
Number five is gonna be to trim the leaves of your aquarium plants before you add them, so this isn’t going to be like for wisteria and Things like that, that’s kind of a different box of frogs, we’re talking about here. You, like your crypts and your amazon, swords and kind of anything. That’s similar to that, you don’t want to trim like bacopa leaves, and things like that, and you also don’t want to trim leaves of plants that you buy from hobbyists that have already been grown in the water.
The reason we trim leaves is if we suspect the plant has been grown out of water, because what happens, like I said, is you bring the plant from growing outside of the water immersed and you bring it into your aquarium. Submerse and the plant has developed leaves to be out of the water immersed leaves and what the plant does is. It goes into a state of shock and it changes those leaves and drops off those leaves and melts away to grow. Its new submersed leaves.
So what will happen is people will add their plant to the aquarium like their crypt or their amazon sword? The leaves will melt away then they’ll take out the plant before it can even start doing its. You know growing its new aquatic leaves and say: oh the plant’s dying. Basically, if you’ve bought like plants that have been imported chances are yes, they’ve been grown out of water trim. The leaves because, what’s going to happen, is you’re going to get your plant growing. Those aquatically is from day one, because what the plant’s going to also try and do is save those leaves that’s melting under water, and it’s going to use energy to try and do that when it could just be using all this energy to grow.
New leaves up. So, a really useful tip and something that I heavily recommend doing. I did that for all of my tissue cultures and things like that, it’s really beneficial.
Tip number six is going to be to float your plants to let the roots grow. So this is going to be more useful for things like wisteria and water sprout and stuff like that, because those plants are really prone to having like really weak roots when they come in.
Basically, if you buy a plant – and it’s got no roots – don’t plant it into the substrate, because what you’re going to do is promote rot and that’s going to rot away the stem before it can, even you know, develop some roots to start absorbing nutrients. So, if you get a plant and it’s got no roots, try and float it on the top of the aquarium for a bit and don’t submerse it into the substrate, leave it on the top and let it develop some roots. I’ve done this with wisteria. I’ve done it with water spray, I’ve even done it with jungle fowl and what it’ll do is I’ll grow new roots and then once those roots have started to grow plant it in the substrate and you’ll be sweet.
You’ll avoid rot on your stem and it’s going to be really good. This is something that I haven’t had to use much, but something I’ve definitely used in the past to try – and you know, acclimate a plant into a new aquarium and then tip number seven is going to be something that’s pretty self-explanatory and this is going to be To make sure your fish can’t mess with your plants, so big fish like angelfish and you know pretty much any kind of fish when an aquarium is first set up. If you add plants with fish they’re going to try and mess with it, especially if it’s melting and things like that, like your pleco’s going to try and eat the melted leaves – and you know, you’re – going to cause yourself a bunch of headaches.
So what I recommend doing is before you put fish into an aquarium like during the cycling period. Add the plants. But when you add the plants, you kind of want to like add some kind of fertilizer, maybe from the start, to give them some nutrients to use. Because plants need nutrients to grow. Basically, what I’m saying with this tip is to try and set up your aquarium from the start with the plants. Let the plants settle into the aquarium and then add your fish once the plants have you know, grown in they’ve got their roots in and basically that way the fish aren’t going to be easily able to rip up plants in your aquarium and then a little.
A bonus tip here and something that I’m a huge endorser of is keeping things really simple. This is not a hard hobby at all, and I really don’t like it when people are having headaches with their aquariums, I want it to be as easy as possible for people and bonus tip number. Eight is going to be just to leave things alone like people mess with their aquarium so much, and it makes me cringe so hard just leave it alone. Let the plant like plant it and leave it, don’t touch it. Let it grow, let it figure things out. Don’t like cut off leaves after you’ve already planted it and just leave it. Let it settle in most of the time all the plants that I grow figure out a way to grow and there’s not many things in your aquarium. That’s going to kill a plant except for you moving it around and stressing it out that way. So pretty much that’s going to be the video guys!
Thank you so much for watching it. I really do appreciate it and I’ll see you guys in the next one.