Frequently Asked Questions
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Emersed plants refers to aquatic plants that are grown out of water. Most plant farms will grow their plants emersed for the simple fact that it is cheaper to grow, maintain as well as ship and adapt to your new tank environment.
Most aquatic plants can be grown out of water (emersed). When grown out of water, you may notice a physical transformation in the plant. Leaf shapes, colours and growth characteristics may differ. Some aquatic plants will only flower when in its emersed stage.
Here is an example of Rotala Rotundifolia
Non aquatic plants are plants commonly sold at your local pet shop as aquatic plants. These plants will NOT grow in your tank as they are not adapted to. Most of these plants will seem like they grow initially but all of them do indeed stop growing and melt eventually.
Why are they still selling these plants? These plants are actually meant for ripariums. Some stores, however do still advertise these as aquatic plants.
Don't waste your money and don't be fooled! Check out our list of non-aquatic plants commonly sold as aquatic plants (with pictures):
Low tech plants refers to plants do not require CO2 or lots of light. There are many options when it comes to these easy to grow plants.
Please refer to the following link:
There are various methods for injecting/diffusing CO2 into a planted aquarium. Some methods include, a ceramic CO2 diffuser, external CO2 reactor, etc.
For more information, please read through this thread write-up:
CO2 Basics and Diffusion Methods
You should preferably start a new thread under "Aquascaping and Member's Setups" and upload your pics via the "Upload a File" tab . Alternatively, you can use an image hosting site such as Flickr or Photobucket and add a link to your shared pics in (for example) your signature on forum. Click or tap the "Members" tab up top. On your right (under progress bar) you'll see "Find member". Type in the members nick or part thereof and it'll show you a list of member names that start with what you typed.
Results may vary for different tanks but the standard is approximately 8 hrs. We have some lovely articles or links to articles here on APSA. Please click on the following links:
What light do plants need and how can we choose a good lamp?
Lighting Parameters for Photophilic Aquarium Plants
Interesting article on the importance of light for plants
Rule of thumb with any fish are that if it fits in its mouth it is food. This answer depends on your budget and the plants you want to grow.
Please take a look at this thread for more info on different substrate options best suited for you: