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Aquatic Plants To Spice Up Your Fish Tank

No aquarium looks complete without some aquatic plants. Most than just an aesthetic role, however, water greens are essential to the aquarium. They ensure the supply of oxygen that is necessary to sustain life among the aquatic creatures.

They do this through photosynthesis, during which they produce carbohydrate and liberate molecular oxygen in the process.They also exhaust organic waste released by the fish hence helping to prevent algae from overgrowth since fish organic waster is mainly composed of nitrogen and phosphate, which are fertilizers for algae growth.

Water plants is also an ideal habitat for bacteria that continuously decompose and synthesize chemical compounds to ensure a healthy environment for the fish. Scientific studies have proven that water plants are able to purify water by eliminating pollutants, such as Salicylic acid, Carbonic acid, detergents and other toxins. Finally, water plants is both a favorite playground and spawning ground for fish.

Breeding Fish

If you are thinking of trying your hand at fish breeding, you must be prepared to face the many challenges ahead. First of all, acquire some knowledge about the breeding habits of the species you wish to breed. Is the fish a livebearer or egg-layer? What is the best ratio of males to females for that species? What is the best spawning age for that fish? What are the ideal conditions (eg nutrition and water quality) for the fish to spawn? Besides spawning traits, varying parenting styles in the fish world must also be considered. Some fish eat their own eggs or babies (called fry), while others are fiercely protective and care for their young until they are capable enough to fend for themselves. If your fish do spawn successfully, the next challenge is boosting the survival rate of the eggs and fry. Adult fish consider eggs and fry to be excellent food; even the fry's own parents enjoy eating them. If you don't separate them, your breeding efforts could go to waste.

Here Are Some Ways Of Increasing The Success Rate

Use A Breeding Tank

  • Eggs and fry need very clean water to hatch and grow. Usually, a bare tank with only a sponge filter as filtration is used, as it's easier to keep clean. Debris and food remnants can be easily spotted and siphoned off daily. Also, if the eggs and fry remain in the community tank, it is not possible to make frequent water changes as this may stress the other fish.
  • Place parent fish in a breeding tank and remove them once they have spawned. Provide dense foliage or plastic spawning grass for breeding livebearers, to allow the fry to hide from their parents until the latter are removed from the breeding tank.

Protect Eggs And Fry In Community Tank

  • Place obstacles like slate or glass slabs, a mop or plants in the tank to provide places where the eggs can attach themselves. Remove the eggs to the breeding tank after spawning is completed.
  • Place a breeding trap, netting, grate or a bed of marbles in the tank to prevent fish from getting at the eggs that have been laid on the substrate, and provide the fry with a safe place to grow.
  • Some cichlids protect their babies well enough to just be left in a community tank, although their aggressive behavior could stress the other fish in the tank. In fact, there are species of cichlids that will turn on each other if there are no other fish in the breeding tank for them to threaten.

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