Putting plants in your aquarium can have many benefits and improve the health of your fish –
3 Benefits of Aquatic Plants in the Aquarium
1. Providing Oxygen
Aquatic plants produce Oxygen (O2) through the process of photosynthesis. They also absorb Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Ammonia (NH3) which are produced by the fish.
2. Nesting Grounds
Aquarium plants provide a safe nesting ground for fish to lay their eggs so, there should enough plants in order for your fish to safely lay their eggs, especially during seasons when they breed.
3. Natural Habitat
Since fish in your aquarium are out of their natural habitat, by adding plants, you are improving the quality of the water in your tank and creating an environment closer to their natural habitat.
Things to remember –
Be careful when deciding to add more plants to your aquarium as they need ample light for photosynthesis. Without enough light, plants reverse the process and produce Carbon Dioxide, which could be harmful for your fish.
Place a freshly cut leaf in a beaker of water and put it in a sunny spot. After an hour, check the leaf. You will notice that little bubbles have appeared on the leaf and on the side of the glass.