Growing Plants From Your Aquarium

Every single aquarium should have house plants growing out the top of it. There is so many benefits to having something such as pothos growing out of your tank. In this article, we will discuss the numerous benefits that can be enjoyed in growing these plants. We will also talk about how to get started.

There are many great benefits for growing plants out of your aquarium. The number one reason that I argue every tank should have house plants growing out of it is nutrient extraction. Plants consume nutrients such as nitrates to help fuel their growth. Fish keepers will know that nitrates are created in the process of breaking down the waste made by fish. In smaller concentrations, nitrates are of no danger to fish, however, if they build up to too great a level, they will be toxic. Normally we would have to do regular water changes to remove these nitrates. Growing plants out of your tank will assist in removing these nitrates. This can mean  you will need to do less maintenance, or you can have more fish with the same level of maintenance. It should be noted that it may take a lot of growing time for your plant to reach a size where it has measurable impact on nitrate levels in your aquarium. We recommend monitoring these levels until you get to know your tank. 

One of my personal tanks at home is a 90cm Lake Tanganyika aquarium. It features Gold Occellatus and Julidochromis Dickfeldi. In this aquarium, I have a few good size pothos plants, and a very large peace lilly growing out of it. This aquarium only needs water changes once every 3 months or so on average. The fish in this tank are all happy and healthy. this shows the benefits that can be had from growing houseplants out of your tank. 

The second benefit is that these plants can make you a bit of extra money to help fuel your hobby. In aquariums, these plants grow so fast. this is what sucks out the nitrates from the water. However, when these plants are growing so fast, it is natural to expect that they may get too big! This is a good thing! You can take cuttings of these plants, and sell them to other hobbyists. For the more common varieties of plant, you will not get crazy amounts for your cuttings. Say between $5 and $10 on average each. However, they will be pumping them out so fast that you will be able to sell heaps of them. This is going to be more than enough to help pay for the food for the fish for example. 

There is plenty of varieties of plants that will thrive growing out of aquariums. I have listed some of my favourites below. 

  • Pothos
  • Monstera
  • Philodendron
  • Syngonium
  • Peace Lillies
  • Tradescantia Zebrina 
  • Lucky Bamboo
  • Kumura Vine

For all of these plants, all you need to do is submerge the roots, and leave the leaves above the surface. The plants will take it from there! 

Growing plants like pothos out of your aquarium is a must in my opinion, no matter what fish you are keeping. There is so many benefits 

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