Compare Aquatics


by Compare Aquatics on 07/10/2013 - 01:26 am

Aquascaping is the craft of arranging aquatic plants, rocks, stones, cavework or driftwood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium. Another phrase for this, gardening under water.  Styles for Aquascaping include the garden like Dutch style and the Japanese-inspired nature style. Most commonly, aquascape house fish as well as plants. However it is possible to create an aquascape with plants only, or with rockwork or other hardscape without any plants. Maintenance within an aquascaping must be taken into consideration and is just as important as creating an artful underwater landscape. Many factors must be balanced in the closed system of an aquarium tank to ensure success of an aquascape. These factors include filtration, maintaining carbon dioxide at levels sufficient to support photosynthesis underwater, substrate and fertilization, lighting and algae control.

The united states-based aquatic gardeners association has about 1,200 members. Aquascape hobbyists trade plants, conduct contests, and share photographs and information via the internet.