The Aquarium Guide

Benefits of Having Floating Aquarium Plants

Floating aquarium plants are an amazing feature to have in any tank. Floating plants are not attached to the bottom of the tank and they come in a lot of different shapes and sizes from very small to over a foot in diameter. Some of them have roots that hang in the water from the plants floating above them.

Floating Aquarium Plants

What are the benefits of floating aquarium plant?

With so many different types of species of floating aquatic plants, you can definitely find the one that fits your aquarium the best. However you might be wondering why would you have floating plants in your tank? Well, today I’m going to share some of the benefits of having such plants in your aquarium.

Floating aquarium plants provide shades

Providing the perfect shading for your other water plants and cover for your fish from the tank lights during the day is an important part of every aquarium. Creating a shade for the fish will really bring out their potential and their different colors. Just remember, if you choose to cover the whole surface of your tank it will possibly reduce the growth of your other plants, so it’s wise not to overdo it.

Floating aquarium plants provide aeration

The aeration in a planted aquarium is usually regulated by live plants just as it would have been in the wild. Some of the floating aquarium plants regulate oxygen so that the fish can breathe.

Mosquito Fern - Floating Aquarium Plants

Filtration, Protection, and Prevention

Floating aquarium plants can be helpful as filters to remove all fish waste in the aquarium. The bacterium growing on the plant is used as a filter media and it can deal with biological and/or chemical filtration unbelievably well. Absorbing the chemicals that can be harmful to the fish can be a very daunting time for the floating aquarium plants so it’s always wise, but not mandatory, to have a backup filtration system at hand. These floating plants will be a great protection for your fish helping them to avoid diseases and finding a great place for fish to hide or play.

Floating plants gives a wilderness appearance to your tank

Floating aquarium plants give you the feeling of a wilderness with some of them having roots that hang down freely. Having a natural looking environment will not only add to the attractiveness of the aquarium, but it will also allow your fish to feel right at home.

Floating plants as alternative food

In a planted aquarium, the fish will never be underfed or be exposed to diseases because of irregular feeding. Usually, the only food source will be the food you feed them, but with floating aquarium plants your fish will have something else to eat or nibble on as they are full of nutrition and add to a well-balanced diet, just what every healthy little fish (and big ones, too!) need.

Normal Duckweed

To have or not to have

Floating plants are a wonderful addition to any tank. They have great benefits like being cost efficient, provide nutrition and oxygen, and they look great in any aquarium. Another great aspect of a floating aquarium plant is that it does not need constant maintenance, thus making your life a little easier in caring for your fish. They can flourish and grow into beautiful specimens worthy of watching and fitting in with your amazing underwater amazon or paradise, whichever you prefer. So it is definitely something worth having if you could fit it in your aquarium.

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