7 Interesting facts about Aquatic Plants.
Live plants produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and ammonia in the water that fish generate. Hobbyists may use a pump and air stone to push fresh oxygen into the water to keep fish alive. However, in a planted aquarium, the live plants will be able to provide air that fish would need to survive. The best plants to choose when looking to oxygenate water are submerged species, such as hornwort, as these are capable of adding oxygen directly to the water.
Yes, it’s true aquatic plants also bloom and blossom.
Anubias – One of the most popular and rewarding aquatic plants to keep, anubias will actually form flowers underwater where your fish can enjoy them.
Aponogeton – Best suited to a mature, soft water aquarium, these plants are quick to bloom if carefully handled. They produce purple flowers which then turn into green seed cases, safe for your fish to snack on.
Giant Hygro – Though often fragile in transfer, this is a tough plant when it gets established. If permitted, it will grow over the edge of your aquarium and down the side, with trailing violet flowers.
As depth below the surface increases, the amount of sunlight available to aquatic plants decreases. Some plant species have anatomical, cellular or biochemical adaptations that allow them to carry out photosynthesis successfully in deep or murky water despite the decreased availability of sunlight.
Land plants have one photosynthetic strategy where aquatic plants use different light harvesting strategies
4.Colors of Aquatic Plants
Many different colors can be found in different plants, typically dependent on the quality and spectrum of light that they receive.
Light penetration in water (usually ocean water although this also applies to fresh water) alters which color wavelengths occur at different depths. Within the first 30 feet reds, oranges, yellows and purples fall off of the available spectrum leaving blues and greens penetrating into the deeper waters. Since green plants use reds and oranges for photosynthesis, green plants can no longer function at any depth greater than 10 feet. Therefore for a plant to undergo photosynthesis it must be of a color that absorbs blues or green. The complement color to green is red and for blue is orange, so that is why brown and red algae is found at depth and green algae is found at the ocean surface or in tide pools.
5. Life span
Plants are divided into three separate sections “Annuals”, “Perennials” and “Biennials”. Based on the life cycle’s plants are divided into these segments. Most of the aquatic plants never die if provided proper requirements. If you consider the cuttings, the plant can be immortal as each cutting turns out to be a new plant, just as the original.
As well as providing oxygen,Live plants also plays an important role in managing algae growth. The plants will utilize nutrients in aquarium water that otherwise may encourage excessive algae growth. Without aquatic plants, the nitrates and phosphates in the tank act as natural fertilisers for nuisance algae
Plants have the added benefit of improving water filtration by absorbing excess nutrients from waste.In utilizing nutrients in the water, live plants act as an additional filtration system. Plants will work in conjunction with a external filter to keep water sparkling clean and healthy.
Aquatic Plants are Integral part of fish and its habitat. Plants just doesn’t act as a show piece they provide balance to your aquarium.
“What is the essence of a beautiful landscape? The compositional beauty produced by flora and other things may be part of it, but isn’t it ultimately a perfectly functioning ecosystem? It is, in fact, a balance. The world of aquarium is no exception…..’what type of environment would I prefer if I were a fish’ was always at the base when the layouts were created.” – Takashi Amano
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