| November 20, 2018, 6:12 am
Human beings have always been enchanted by nature. Be it in the form of sky high flying birds or deep sea creatures, nature has always showcased its mystical powers. In modern times, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban environments. Given this separation, we always strive to be close to nature as much as possible for the much needed serenity we deserve.
A planted aquarium is nothing but one such affordable nature setup, one can keep at home easily and enjoy over the years. Nature being the inspiration in the origin of planted aquarium, it exhibits the delicate balance that exists between the flora and fauna in a small area, which can be easily displayed in a living room. This art form of creating a planted aquarium is referred to as aquascaping. These aquascape illustrate miniature portrayal of forests, valley, waterfalls or mountain. On the other hand, the ecosystem in these tanks are real territories where the abiotic and biotic components coexist. Aquascaping setups are broadly of two types: Nature Style and Dutch Style. In the early 1990’s, Mr. Takashi Amano pioneered the art of ‘Nature Aquarium’ style. The Nature Aquarium style is all about layout, with natural stones and woods being used to build a mini nature or represented as life size. In contrast to it, Dutch Style is more about implementing rich contrast using vivid color and playing with texture of plants and their leaves. Whatever may be the style of one’s tank, it definitely explores the dynamic of aquascape and layout along with the symmetry and asymmetry of our beloved nature.
For a healthy growing and beautiful vibrant aquascape photosynthesis is undoubtedly the most crucial step. Photosynthesis in water plants takes place in the same way as in terrestrial plants. Water, Light and Carbon dioxide help aquatic plants to photosynthesize and produce their own food. The oxygen released in this process give the fishes a rich content of oxygen dissolved in water. At the same time the CO2 and the waste produced by the fish is providing the essential nutrients to the plants for photosynthesis. Thus, the flora and fauna in a planted aquarium thrive on this symbiotic relationship.