Some freshwater fish will eat their way through a planted tank in a matter of hours. If you want to cultivate a planted tank that also houses fish, consider some of these top six species.
Many aquarium hobbyists underestimate the amount of time and effort it takes to set up and maintain a thriving planted tank. Not only do you need to think carefully about which plants you want to grow, but you have to consider the right substrate, the filtration system, the water temperature, water chemistry, and even the arrangement of your plants. By the time you get all of those details figured out, you have probably forgotten all about your fish!
While it is true that there are some species of freshwater aquarium fish which are voracious plant-eaters and not recommended for planted tanks, there are just as many (or more) species which can do very well in a planted tank. Keep reading to learn more about the challenges associated with a planted tank and to receive recommendations for plant-friendly species and tips for their care.
What are the Challenges of Keeping a Planted Tank?
When you visit the pet store or see pictures of beautiful planted aquariums online, you may be amazed at the lush green color of the plants and the density in which they have grown. Tanks like these make it look easy, but keeping a planted tank healthy and thriving is not as simple as you might think. Aquarium plants are living things so they require certain nutrients in order to grow and thrive. The main nutrients that aquatic plants need are water (of course), light, and food. Plants are photosynthetic organisms which means that they use light as a source...
Crayfish can make a unique addition to your freshwater aquarium.
When you think about a home aquarium, you probably picture a glass tank filled with colorful fish. But fish aren’t the only creatures you can keep in an aquarium! If you are thinking about building a new freshwater tank environment, consider stocking it with something truly unique – freshwater aquarium crayfish. Crayfish look like tiny lobsters and they come in an array of bright colors. These freshwater invertebrates can be a challenge to keep in some cases, but their beauty makes it all worth it.
If you are curious to learn more about freshwater aquarium crayfish, keep reading! Here you will learn the basics about what freshwater crayfish are and how to care for them in a home aquarium environment. You will also receive detailed tips for choosing the right species of freshwater aquarium crayfish for your tank!
What Do You Need to Know About Crayfish?
The first thing you need to know about freshwater aquarium crayfish is that they are a type of invertebrate. These creatures do not have an internal skeletal system – instead, they have an exoskeleton (almost like a shell) that is shed as the crayfish grows. Crayfish can be found in a wide variety of different habitats around the world including freshwater and brackish water. Some species can survive in saltwater for a few days, but there are no marine species of crayfish. Crayfish are also solitary animals that tend to hide in cracks, crevices, and caves – they will also fight off fish and other crayfish...
If you want a thriving, brightly colored aquarium then consider picking your freshwater fish by color.
When choosing the fish for your aquarium there are variety of different things to think about. Many aquarium hobbyists design their aquarium around a certain type of environment or they choose a specific grouping of fish. For example, you can an Amazon biotope tank using species native to the Amazon River and cater your tank to the water parameters naturally found in this environment. One thing that many aquarists do not think about when stocking their tank is color. If you want the brightest, most colorful freshwater tank possible, consider choosing your fish by color.
Popular Aquarium Fish Species by Color
Freshwater aquarium fish are typically not as brightly colored as tropical saltwater fish, but there are still some beautiful specimens out there. Below you will find a brief overview of some of the most colorful freshwater fish species divided by color:
Blue – Blue is a very common color in saltwater tropical fish but there are also many freshwater fish that exhibit bold and brilliant blue hues. Many betta fish, for example, exhibit deep blue colorations and there are several blue cichlid species as well. For example, the German blue ram, a smaller cichlid species, has bright blue spots on its body. These fish grow up to 3 inches in length and they can be kept with most community species in a lushly planted tank. Peacock cichlids are also blue in color, particularly Aulonocara nyassae, sometimes known as the blue peacock cichlid.
Cultivating a planted tank is different from cultivating a fish-only tank. The articles in this category will help you learn how to setup a planted tank and what you need to do to keep your plants healthy.
The aquarium lighting system you choose for your tank will not only affect your tanks appearance but its performance as well. The articles in this category will help you choose the right system for your tank and will provide you with the information you need to make the most of your aquarium lighting.
What you choose to feed your fish will have a direct impact on their health and vitality. The articles in this category will help you understand the nutritional needs of your aquarium fish and will also provide the information you need to create a healthy, balanced diet for your fish.
Understanding freshwater fish diseases is the key to treating and preventing them. The articles in this category will help you deal with freshwater fish diseases and they will also teach you how to prevent them.
The way you decorate your tank makes a big difference in its appearance.
STOCKING THE TANK
The fish you choose to stock your tank is not a decision that should be made lightly. The articles in this category will help you understand the basics of fish compatibility and will provide you with other information you need to make an informed decision when stocking your tank.