Starting an Aquarium? Follow Our Aquascaping Tips and Consider These 5 Starter Plants

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If you have ever been to a friend or neighbor’s house and seen a beautiful garden, you may think that they have a green thumb and simply know all there is to know about gardening.  What you may not consider is that they have carefully chosen plants that are easy to take care of, giving their garden a lush, picturesque quality. The same goes for aquariums. If you are thinking of starting an aquarium, you can use this same tactic by choosing plants that are low-maintenance and will thrive with even a beginner’s care.

If you’re unfamiliar with cultivating underwater environments, one of our most recommended aquascaping tips is to pick the right aquarium plants for beginners. Some plants require more care, so avoid those when you are new to aquarium plant care. One of the principal concepts for beginners is to think of the aquarium in terms of foreground, mid-ground, and background.

Start With Low-Growing and Spreading Plants

Among aquascaping experts’ most recommended tips is to place some small plants in the foreground that will spread and fill the substrate. Known for its hardiness and fast growth, Java moss (Vesicularia Sp.) is a great aquarium plant for beginners, which can grow up to 5 in. with an optimal growing temperature between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. As a general aquascaping tip for this plant, you’ll want to keep a bright light on your java moss throughout the day.

As another low growth hearty plant, Anubias nana (Anubias Sp. “nana”) is also a great addition to your aquarium’s substrate and hardscape foreground as it generally grows slowly up to 4 in. With its wide leaves, this plant contrasts nicely with Java moss’ grassy tufts.

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Our Beginner’s Guide to Aquascaping

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At Complete Aquatic Systems, we know that putting your first aquarium together can be a bit challenging. That’s why we’d like to offer a few tips in this beginner’s guide to aquascaping. With a few basic principles, you can develop a unique look for your aquarium with the help of living plants. Aquascaping is all about enhancing the relationship between your fish and their adopted environment along with incorporating plant life along with hard elements like rocks and driftwood to enhance the look of your aquarium. Ultimately, vivid and visually pleasing aquatic environments find the balance between variety, contrast, and simplicity. With those ideals in mind, here are a few tips for your first aquarium.

Design by Thirds

Aquascaping is ultimately about enhancing your aquarium and developing a look that you enjoy. Aesthetically, we recommend following the rule of thirds to guide your aquascaping project. This basic design principle utilizes the visual tendency to look at certain focal points in a given layout. If you imagine that your aquarium is divided into 9 equally-sized areas, you can place a few key elements in a way that delights your fish and provides a harmonious visual balance.

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