Selecting The Right Substrate For Freshwater Aquarium

Aquarium gravel or the floor of the freshwater aquarium which look amazing and the plants grow properly in it has proper chemical substrate, one which helps grow the plants and does ensure that the not only stay alive and lively but also helps in maintain hygiene, different particles in water may harm the fish and some might not be able to fight it off on their own, and without the help of chemical substrate it will be impossible to deal with that sort of particles, we can only do this much regarding cleaning and maintenance and there are different chemical agents which keep the water clean and the plants grow, that is the basic reason why it is very important to select the right type of substrate for freshwater aquarium.

10 gallon fish tankThe size of the substrate also plays an important role in the growth and development of aquatic plants, the perfect size of the granule should be anywhere between 3 to 8 mm, it has been noticed that large granules might look prettier but these somehow block the root growth which ruins the entire plant, and the plants which do not have robust roots can also be crushed by bigger granules, so keep it in mind that you have to select the granule size of the substrate just based on the aesthetics.

Once you have selected the right size of substrate for your freshwater aquarium you then have to decide the depth of the substrate, again you would not just think about the looks but you will decide the depth considering the type of aquatic plants that you would place, plants with larger rootstocks would require more depth, the standard planted aquarium substrate depth is anywhere between two to three inches but you should make the final decision based on the type of aquatic plants you buy.