When purchasing plants or even livestock from fish@home please ensure that you know what you are doing.
At fish@home we are very particular about the types of fish and plants we sell and who we sell them too.
The reason behind is simply that when you purchase something from us we expect that you are completely knowledgeable on how to take care of the item you have purchased. We WANT your fish and plants to THRIVE in your aquarium and we want you to be completely satisfied that you have purchased something that lasts you it’s full lifespan.
Too often have I heard customers complain about plants dying in their tanks only to later find out that the only lighting that they have is a blue fluorescent! Okay, so how is your plant supposed to photosynthesize? Photosynthesis is merely the creation of sun energy into sugar thus creating a food source for all plants. Chlorophyll is the substance in a plant that does two things. 1] It is the base of photosynthesis and; 2] it is what makes most plants green.
For proper plant growth photosynthesis has to take place and this comes from light which is almost always the sun. However, we are explicitly told not to keep fish tanks or tropical aquariums anywhere near the sun because this could cause algae growth. So, by using artificial light we can create an environment that is much like natural sunlight to allow for proper photosynthesis of our aquatic plants.
Providing a minimum of 12 hours of artificial light will cause your aquarium plants in your fish tank to grow healthy and properly. It also possesses the ability of creating the tropical atmosphere that these plants are accustomed to.
Also remember that providing proper heating is a MUST. This is because the plants belong to a tropical atmosphere were the water is kept warm for most of the time. If the natural light drops or the heat drops the plant will either die or remain dormant and show no signs of growth.
In a nutshell, please ensure that you have enough fluorescent light in your aquarium before buying plants. Also, research the plants needs in terms of fertilization and nutrients.