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Other than the aesthetically pleasing benefits of a well decorated aquarium as explained in the section decorating your aquarium there are many benefits other benefits to growing and maintaining aquatic plants within your aquarium. A prime example as to why it is beneficial to grow your own aquatic plants is by maintaining the plants you are also providing your fish with a healthy, balanced environment. An article by Home Aquaria perfectly explains the four benefits as to why decorating your aquarium is the best option.
Now thoroughly convinced that acquatic plants are key feature for any fledgling aquarist you will find below some key points to remember when growing your own aquatic plants.
Correct lighting is paramount for the health and growth of all aquarium plants which absorbs the carbon-dioxide gases the fish breathes out.
If there is too much light this will cause the appearance and growth of algae, and depending on the type of algae will turn the water within the aquarium green due to algae overgrowth. This can be hazardous for all the inhabitants of your aquarium. Too little lighting in an aquarium will result in living aquatic plants to die resulting in less absorption of carbon-dioxide gases produced by your aquariums inhabitants.
GH and PH
The substratum refers to the material that is used on the bottom of your aquarium in which the roots of your aquatic plants will hook to, take in nutrients and grow. Other than a decorative piece for your aquarium having a substrastum has other benefits such as storing and supplying vital nutrients and minerals alongside being a home to beneficial bacteria. The type of substratum used should be taken into consideration, and is dependent on the water paraments of your aquarium; specifically freshwater or saltwater.