Planted Tank VIP
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
In some aspects, yes it is easier. In tanks without plants, nitrates will be high and frequent water changes are necessary to keep them in check. With a planted tank, water changes are still vital, but at less frequent intervals, and the aforementioned vacuuming of the gravel can be avoided.
Fish generally do much better in planted tanks. Plants absorb nutrients that would be otherwise harmful to fish (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and other toxins) and expel oxygen.
But there are a few additional specifications to monitor with a planted tank that do make up for the difficulty. As long as you have an adequate substrate and lighting, you'll have to ensure the plants are recieving nutrients and CO2.
In the long run, a planted tank has been one of the most enjoyable types of aquariums I've ever kept.
- Sam P -
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