As Caecilius Statius says “He plants trees to benefit another generation.” So plant in the very Aquaponic system. Plants are the natural healer and food gives to the living components that survive along with them. They are not only a thing of beauty but make your aquatic life healthier. An Aquaponic system is complete when it has the presence of live plants that nurture both the environment and the fishes present in the aquatic life.
Live plants contribute to a healthy lifestyle for the fishes and reduce the stress that can be caused by low level of oxygen in the tank when unwanted algae build up. They not only help with reducing stress but they also prevent the unwanted algae from growing in the tank. An evergreen plant provides a more natural environment for the fishes to swim in. When place lives plants for the first time in your aquatic life it is essential to check if they are compatible with the fishes in the tank. Plants like Moneywort, Sagittaria, or Sword plants are adaptable to grow in any environment without affecting the fishes. For starters, these plants serve as a great choice.
Plants serve as a bridge between fish, food, and oxygen. They are pleasant to the eyes and are a hiding place for fishes in the time of stress and fear. The plants like fishes grow, it is mandatory to cut them and maintain their growth on a regular basis. Make sure that there are no other small snails or any other components present on the plants, which can affect the complete aquatic life cycle. Plants require an adequate amount of light to process the necessary food that they need and to survive in an aquatic life. The lighting should be adequately arranged before placing the plants in the aquarium.
The fishes and plants help each other in the very lifestyle they live. The waste of the fish and the carbon dioxide from the fish becomes nutrients for the plants that help the fish in all aspects by providing natural biological filtration and a healthy environment with pure oxygen. The plants and fishes have a chemistry that can be portrayed with the healthy lifestyle of the fishes. When cleaning the tank be sure not to siphon the plants along with the other algae. The siphon can be used to clean the soil and the other sediments that have settled on the soil. Algae can be another harmful agent, it is, therefore, necessary to remove them in the sides of the tank and also on the plants. When algae are seen sprouting on a plant, action should be taken immediately to remove them.
When cleaning the tank make sure to wash the leaves of the plant gently to clean away any residues that settle from the leftover food. Care should be taken to choose slow growing plants so that they avoid making the tank look clumsy and make it difficult for the fishes to swim. The relationship between plants and fishes can be established only in aquatic life. These plants along with the fishes, make up the chain of living components in an aquatic life, that are eye catchers for onlookers and the people who own them.
These plants serve as a balance to the aquatic life, by providing various benefits from them. They are a natural carpet for fishes to feed on and hide. Before deciding to add a plant to you aquatic life, be sure to know where each plant is going to be planted and what you’re going to do in future too. Adding to plants even rocks and driftwood can be added to make it more natural aquatic life for the fishes. Here are some plants that you can start using in your aquatic life for starters….
Anubais and Java Fern
Before the plants can be placed in the aquarium, make sure to set up adequate light, carbon dioxide, and fertilizers. When purchasing plants, make sure to buy budding plants so that they grow in the aquarium and enhance the good health of the fishes and their surrounding aquatic life. The design and aquascape should be done in such a manner, that it helps fishes to grow without any defects and diseases. Use shorter plants in the front and the larger plants towards the back.
Supplementary plant nutrients should be added to sustain and develop the growth of the plant within the Aquaponic system. Do not dispose of aquarium plants in any waterways. Many of them are non-native and can be a hindrance to the drainage system or the waterway. Instead, if you have excess plants, let them dry out and dispose of them in the trash. Consider the basic chemistry of your water supply. Many water systems remove radium by exchanging them with sodium ions. This water ‘softening’ has a profound effect on water in a long time. Consider adding black water tonic, or a mass filter.
Almost any plant can be grown in a media-based Aquaponic system as long as it is not acid loving, such as a blueberry bush. Since there is very little competition for food, water, and oxygen in the root zone, plants can be planted much closer than in soil – up to twice as dense. The only real consideration is competition for light in the canopy of the mature plant. Make sure to plan for the ultimate size of each plant vs. its neighbors to make sure everyone will get the sunlight or grow-light exposure that they need.