Creating The Best Planted Aquarium

Aquascaping can be as simple and low maintenance, or as intricate and artistic as you'd like it to be! There is little doubt that aquascaping plants for an aquarium transform a fish tank into a dreamy landscape of gently blooming plants and quietly make your fishy habitat somewhere they love to call home.

If you'd like to turn your green thumb towards your plants in aquarium environments, here are some pointers from the AllPetSolutions team to get your aquascape started!

Tanks and Substrate for Aquarium Plants

As with any planting, the soil, fertiliser and environment need to be right. It's also well worth considering a crystal clear low-iron tank to have excellent visibility of your plants for the aquarium as they grow.

The substrate for a tank is important - you'll need a high-quality substrate with small to medium-sized pellets, and have enough gravel to weigh down the plants. Aquarium fertilisers are also a good option.

Large gravel can be bulky, and create toxins in the water that are harmful to your fish. Of course, it's also best to check before you buy aquarium plants and substrate that they're all compatible with your fish.

Rocks and Wood for Aquascaping

Plants for the aquarium come in thousands of shapes and sizes. Mosses and ferns can grow happily on rocks and wood, or floating aquarium plants can add a mesmerising vertical aspect to your aquarium.

Adding different mediums creates a unique environment, so never be afraid to experiment with different aquarium planting at alternating levels!

Rocks and driftwood are an easy way to introduce new textures and add depth.

Choosing Aquarium Planting

A great idea when choosing aquascaping plants in aquarium habitats is to think about the size and shape of your fish tank, and selecting a variety of plants. Think colours, shapes, sizes, textures - with some for the foreground, some for the back of the aquarium and some mosses to grow steadily on rocks and wood.

You'll need compatible aquarium plants that are happy living in the same temperature water - so it's best to start with defining the pH levels, light and heat requirements of your fish, and then choosing plants to suit.

And, most of all, have fun with it! Aquascaping plants look beautiful, and are great for fish to hide, sleep, play and enjoy a diverse fish tank habitat. AllPetSolutions recommend starting with low maintenance aquarium plants (check out our guide for the top five!), and then exploring more intricate plant species when you're confident to do so.