Informational Guide (Nutrition and Maintenance)
Experience Level: Beginner
Nutrition and Maintenance
Aquarium plant fertilizer should be added according to the dosage instructions on the label.
Plants do best with a consistent supply of fertilizer applied moderately and frequently. House plant
fertilizer contains nitrates and should never be used in an aquarium.
Use an algae scrubber pad to remove algae from the sides of the aquarium and a gravel vacuum to remove debris from the gravel. Do not disturb plant roots during the gravel cleaning process.
Plants should be cut back or thinned out as needed to maintain the desired aquascape. Dead foliage should be removed regularly.
Regular Water Changes
For optimum health, regular water changes not only prevent the undesirable accumulation of excess nutrients, but also remove nitrates and other waste products of the fish and plants.
For optimum water quality, 10% water changes are recommended each week. Monthly, you should change 25% of the water. Always add a dechlorinator or water conditioner to tap water before adding it to the aquarium. Do not use soaps or detergents to clean aquariums or decor, as they may be toxic.
Always wash your hands before and after handling plants, placing your hands in the water, touching anything in the aquarium, or after cleaning the aquarium. Adults should assist young children with hand washing and monitor children around pets.
Do not clean habitats or equipment in the kitchen sink or near food preparation areas.
Do not release plants or pets into the wild. They likely will not survive, but they may transmit diseases to the wild animals or otherwise be harmful to the environment.