What should I look for when buying freshwater plants?
Aquarium plants, when thriving, are very beneficial to the health of your aquarium. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide produced by your fish and release oxygen. Additionally live plants utilize harmful pollutants such as ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, phosphates.
We carry a large variety of low, medium and high light plants. By knowing detailed information about your aquarium setup we can determine which plants will thrive in your current set up or help you upgrade to create your dream planted aquascape.
We only sell submersed grown plants. Many stores sell plants that have been grown immersed, or out of water, in greenhouses. The problem with this is there is a long acclimation period while the plants get use to being submersed. During this process, the plant can succumb to algae, and other problems, which can lead to the death of the plant. We also only sell true aquatic plants. Another problem that we see is stores that sell semi-aquatic or bog plants as aquatic plants. These plants will have a very limited life-span in your aquarium.
Any stem plant is grown in-house, then cuttings, or clones, are what is sold to you. Usually your cutting will start growing a root system within about a week of being planted. Once your stem has grown out a bit, it can be cut and cloned again. This process can be repeated multiple times.