Water Garden (Aquatic Plant) Care
Congratulations on your water garden! We hope you had an excellent time putting it together. To help your success in it’s care here are some basic tips! If you need any assistance or have any questions please let us know!
Currently all varieties of aquatic plants we stock are considered beginner level plants. They are hearty and low to medium light tollerant.
A NOTE ABOUT TRANSPLANT SHOCK:
Your new plants may experience some symptoms of transplant shock during the first week or so of living in their new homes. The below list of symptoms are normal and should stop within about a week. Leaves that are damaged as a result of transplant shock normally don’t recover. Remove damaged leaves after one week, all new growth will normal and healthy! If your transplant shock symptoms persist more than two weeks please let me know, further steps may be required. But don’t worry almost always symptoms clear within a week!
– Browning of lower leaves
– Lower changing color or falling off
Keep your new aquarium at about room temperature. If your aquarium is being kept directly in a window, especially if it is Western or Southern facing be careful not to let it over heat. If the water gets too warm it may damage your plants.
CHANGING THE WATER:
Change the water in your new aquarium about once a month or whenever algea appears. Use a baster or siphon to carefully remove the old water and replace with new water. Tap or filtered is just fine for the varieties we carry.
All our plants are low to medium light. Keep near a light source such as a window or grow light. If your plants start to turn yellow or pale in color they most likely need a little more light. However since most of our plants are low light as long as they get some filtered light such as through a nearby window they should be just fine!
Water plants just like normal plants require fertilizing. The substrate used in class is equipped with some nutrients but after a few changes in water they will require fertilizer to keep growing happily. We recommend using our substrate fertilizer pellets. One pellet feeds all plants in a 3×3 inch area. Nestle one pellet under the substrate about once a month to feed your plants. This fertilizer is great for all aquatic plants and feeding under the substrate instead of in the water helps prevent the growth of excess algae.
If your aquarium starts growing algae you may combat this by either using a commercial algaecide which we sell or can be found at a pet store. You can also siphon or baste the water out and wipe the sides with a cloth or paper tower.
If you have reoccurring issue with algae blooms try putting your aquarium in a location with a little less light and or heat. Overly high light conditions and water that is too warm encourages the growth of algae. You may also find that increasing the frequency of changing the water in your aquarium or introducing a snail into the environment (available at pet stores and soon at Urban Sprouts) will prevent algae from growing.
IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS:
Please let me know! I’m here to help you be successful in caring for your plants! If you have any questions, comments or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me via email, text, phone call, or on Facebook or Instagram.