Lighting In A Plantarium- Part 2

What you will not find in the wild are plants growing for long periods in very deep or muddy water. Such water does not allow enough light to pass through for plants to grow. Some plants do grow in areas where the water is deep and turbid for parts of the year, but these plants typically lose their leaves when water conditions rob them of light, and then regrow their leaves and starts to flower when water levels drop, the current slows, and the water becomes clearer. While adaptive in the wild, this behavior is obviously undesirable in an aquarium plant. Source: Sunken Gardens/ By: Karen A. Randall

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Lighting In A Plantarium- Part 1

One thing that is absolutely essential to plant growth is adequate light. Some aquatic plant species have adapted to grow in shady settings. Among them are many ferns and mosses as well as Anubias species and many Cryptocoryne species. These plants have been the long- term mainstays of the aquarium world because they grow well even under fairly dim aquariums lighting. Other species grow wild in open areas with shallow, clear water. These plants, in general, are much more demanding in the aquarium, needing much higher light levels to thrive. Many of the most beautiful and brightly colored aquarium plants are in this category and are well worth the extra effort required to maintain them. Cryptocoryne Cordata is an example of a plant that has adapted to grow where many other plants cannot. This particular variety, from...

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