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Top 8 Aquarium Seeds for Aquascaping

A planted aquarium is often considered as one of the best forms of aquariums and as you have guessed, the plants form a big part of such an endeavor. You can go for the usual method of purchasing plants and then planting them in the aquarium but this method comes with a lot of caveats such as the relative difficulty of getting an even spread of the plants and the higher mortality rate. An alternative is using seeds which can give a much more desirable result and here are some of the seeds available with us.

Aquarium Dwarf Grass Seeds (Eleocharis Parvula): If you want a lush carpet that is relatively easy to grow then this is your best bet. Germinating Aquarium Dwarf Grass Seeds is a straightforward affair if you have a nutrient heavy substrate. CO2 dosing isn’t mandatory but can be beneficial. The Aquarium Dwarf Grass can grow quite quickly once it gets established and therefore requires regular trimming.

Mini Dwarf Pearl Seeds (Hemianthus Callitrichoides): The Mini-Dwarf Pearl is another alternative for a carpet plant and it gives a leafier look to the carpet. It stays quite small at a maximum height of 3 cm or 1.2″ and thus does not require trimming. It does need a fine substrate that will allow its delicate roots to spread. It also requires some form of CO2 injection, high levels of lighting and water flow for ideal health.

Mixed Aquatic Seeds (Short grasses, Small Leafs): This is a collection of foreground and carpet plants all of which are easy to care for and are best suited for someone who is looking for some variety in their planted aquarium. All these plants require moderate lighting and water flow and do not require CO2 injection. This pack contains the seeds for Dwarf Baby Tears, Dwarf Hairgrass, Marsilea Minuta, Anubias Nana, Pygmy Chain Sword, and Dwarf Sagittaria.

Marimo Algae Seeds (Aegagropila linnaei): This is one of the coolest addition that you can make to your planted aquarium. It is not exactly a plant, but a form of algae. These moss balls are velvety soft to the touch and require decent levels of lighting. They propagate by splitting and make for a great oddball specimen in a planted tank.

Colorful Aquatic Mini Leaf Seeds: When we think of a planted aquarium, we immediately picture something green. However, the best planted aquariums tend to incorporate other colors as well to produce a nice contrasting effect. This pack consists of 50 seeds and you can choose from one of the four colors of electric blue, teal, royal blue, and pink variants for a truly spectacular aquarium. Keep in mind that these plants do require moderate to high lighting, CO2 injection and adequate water circulation.

Bucephalandra Seeds: The Bucephalandra is one of the most beautiful plants in the aquarium hobby. It requires high levels of lighting and CO2 injection along with fertilizer dosing. This is one of the more challenging plants to grow but equally rewarding too. Water flow should also be strong to ensure that the Bucephalandra can get the best conditions for its growth.

Brazilian Pennywort Seeds (Hydrocotyle leucocephala): This is one of the easiest to keep plants and your best bet if you are planning to start your first planted aquarium. It can withstand many different water conditions and isn’t too demanding when it comes to lighting or fertilizer requirements. All this does not mean that the Brazilian Pennywort is unattractive. If anything, it is quite pretty and makes for a great foreground and midground plant.Water Lily Lotus Pond/Bowl Seeds (Nelumbo Nymphaea): The Water Lily Lotus is meant for ponds or bowls and makes for a beautiful centerpiece. They are easy to grow thanks to the fresh and viable seeds provided by us, ten of them, that you get in each pack. The beautiful and majestic flowers can bloom for two full months under ideal conditions.

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Local Aquarium Fish Clubs in New York

Nothing is better than being able to share your enthusiasm with fellow aquarium-lovers. Joining an aquarium club can be a rewarding thing to to. If your are looking to trade fish and plants or knowledge, these clubs are a great fit for you. The following list contains the most up-date active aquarium fish hobby clubs in the New York metropolitan area.

Brooklyn Aquarium Society   (Location: Coney Island, Surf Ave and West 8th St, Brooklyn, NY)  Established in 1911 and has only grown stronger since. We are a friendly, family oriented, non-profit organization which welcomes hobbyists who want to learn more about aquaria keeping, and want to share their expertise with others. The Society is multi faceted, with interests; from marine fish and reef keeping to freshwater tropical fish and plants to goldfish and ponds. See ya around! Saltwater and freshwater, monthly meetings, big name speakers, bowl show, videotape library, auctions, raffles, refreshments. Members receive BAS publication–Aquatica. Open to the public. Meetings held at 8:30pm on the second Friday of month at the New York Aquarium–Education Hall at Coney Island, Surf Ave and West 8th St, Brooklyn, NY.

The Allegheny River Valley Aquarium Society  (Location: 212 Laurens Street, Olean, NY 14760)  We are a not for profit organization that promotes the education,the development and the preservation of the fish keeping hobby. ARVAS was founded in 1979. Monthly meetings are the 2nd Friday of every month at 7:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Monthly meetings consists of a brief business meeting, a program that is hobby related and is usually a speaker or a video, a bowl show, door prizes, a mini auction and refreshments. Yearly club activities include a yearly auction, an aquarium tropical fish show, a summer family picnic, a Christmas party and awards dinner, growth contests, shop hops, and field trips. We have a BAP (breeder awards program) and a HAP (horticulture award program). We also belong to FAAS (Federation of American Aquarium Societies).

Central New York Aquarium Society  (Location: 148 Sanders Creek Pkwy
East Syracuse, New York 13057)  CNYAS is a non-profit educational organization with a goal of furthering the study of all forms of aquatic life. In order to achieve this, we promote the interest in, and encourage the breeding of, aquatic life. Through the exchange of ideas and distribution of information concerning the hobby, we will advance our members’ knowledge of the hobby, providing valuable information to those who seek it. We have an auction at every general meeting. This gives everyone a chance to buy supplies and fish.

Greater City Aquarium Society  (Location: Queens Botanical Garden)  Are you a fellow tropical fish and aquarium enthusiast? Be part of our aquarium society. Greater City Aquarium Society (GCAS) in New York City, NY is the perfect group for you. Our aquarium society is a member of the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies and the Federation of American Aquarium Societies. Since 1922, Greater City has been a venue for enthusiasts to meet and discuss aquarium-related topics and concerns. Our aquarium society meets every first Wednesday of the month (except January and February) at the Queens Botanical Garden. Membership dues are $20.00 annually, for individuals or families. This fee includes ten issues, one for each month of the year starting March, of our award-winning magazine, ‘Modern Aquarium’.

Long Island Aquarium Society  (Location: SUNY Stony Brook’s Maritime Science area, Stony Brook, NY 11794)  The Long Island Aquarium Society, Inc. (LIAS) is Long Island’s oldest organization aquarium club. We meet monthly and on special occasions to share ideas and encourage breeding, showing and exchanging of fresh and salt water aquatic life. The membership is made up of men, women and children of all ages and levels of experience. Included are nationally renowned individuals who are eager to share their experience and expertise in all aspects of aquarium and fish management. We welcome visitors (including young people), and we’d love to have you join us! We meet on the 3rd Friday of each month (except July and August). Check www.liasonline.org for meeting time, location and topic. A typical meeting begins with a talk by an expert on some aspect of aquariums. We then break for snacks, coffee and chatting about fish. This is a great time to meet new people who share your interest. We continue with raffles and an auction of fish, plants and other creatures. Other events include an annual ocean seining outing to catch tropical wanderers.

The Tropical Fish Club of Erie County  (Location: Chicken Coop, VFW Post 8113, 299 Leydecker Road in West Seneca)  We are an aquarium club for the tropical fish hobbyist. The Tropical Fish Club of Erie County welcomes all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Come join us! The purpose of this club is to bring hobbyists of Tropical Fish & Aquatic Plants together who are interested in breeding, raising and or showing fish and aquatic plants. The Tropical Fish Club of Erie County was formed in April 1987. The 6 original members decided the The Purpose of the Tropical Fish Club of Erie County is to bring hobbyists of tropical fish and aquatic plants together who are interested in breeding, raising and or showing fish and aquatic plants. To educate the public in how to care and maintain tropical fish and aquatic plants. To aid through lectures, videos or slide presentations on different aspects of the tropical fish hobby. A newsletter was started and members shared their experiences breeding fish, sharing ideas, and letting others know of events in the hobby. A Tropical Fish, Aquatic Plant and Supply Auction was held for the first time in February of 1988, the auction has become one of the largest of it’s kind on the East Coast. The club has hosted All Species Fish Shows and Conventions.

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Traditional Dutch Style Aquascaping

What Makes a True Dutch Style Aquarium

Dutch aquascapes are characterized by their abundant plant life, with as much quantity and diversity as needed to fulfill the hobbyist’s visual image. Typically the entire foreground is fill with plant life. Larger-leafed species of plants are more typical in Dutch style aquascapes.

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The Water’s Edge – Vivarium/Paludarium Style Aquascaping

 

vivarium – generally tropical; high humidity, well planted, running water features

terrarium – generally arid; low humidity, dryer climate animals, little water (suited well for frogs)

paludarium – vivarium or terrarium with a large body of water. 50/50 water/land type tanks

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Maintaining the Iwagumi Layout in the Natural Aquarium

Untitled-1In an Iwagumi layout, only one type of rock is used as a composition material, and generally only a few types of aquatic plants are planted in a simple arrangement. Due to this simple composition, the strength of the presence of the rocks and their overall impression are influenced greatly by the arrangement of aquatic plants and the denseness of their growth. Therefore, the selection of the aquatic plants and the timing of their trimming are very important.

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Amazonian/Jungle-Style Aquascaping

 

This aquarium style tries to emulate some sort of jungle, like the Amazon for example. The key to this aquascaping style is the wild, lush, uncontrolled appearance. From all aquascaping styles this is the less intensive one in terms of maintenance. Everyday plant trimming is not needed, as you don’t want to give the impression this aquascape is hand made.

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