Category Archives: Planted Tank Technique

Getting Started

by John Tullock OK, you’ve decided to explore the fun and fascinating hobby of planted aquariums. Where should you begin? How to answer that question depends largely upon your expectations. Here are some suggestions regarding different ways to go and how to get there. Low Tech, Low Maintenance If you don’t want to spend a […]

Thoughts on Paludarium Design

by John Tullock Are you the type of person that appreciates a real challenge every now and then? If so, I suggest you look into designing and building a paludarium. According to the Aquatic Gardeners Association, a paludarium is an “aquarium with above and below water aquascaping.” This is not to be construed, as is […]

Some Final Thoughts on Carbon Dioxide

by John Tullock Carbon dioxide is essential to plants, but a carbon dioxide system is not essential for some planted aquariums. Tanks with slow-growing, low light plants such as ferns and many species of Cryptocoryne do just fine without supplemental carbon dioxide. On the other hand, a large, brightly illuminated tank filled with fast-growing stem […]

Carbon Dioxide Part Two: Estimating Concentration

by John Tullock In Part One last week, I discussed the importance of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the planted aquarium, and described several types of equipment used for adding CO2 to improve plant growth. In this post, I will discuss how CO2 concentration can be estimated when the pH and alkalinity of the aquarium are […]