Setting Plants

Setting aquarium plants

Before setting plants in your aquarium, it is best to draw up a planting plan. This will provide for swift and trouble-free planting and avoid the need to relocate any aquatic plants once they have been set.
For this purpose, draw an outline of the aquarium as seen from above on a sheet of paper. Sketch in the technical devices, e.g. filter and water heater, then the installed terraces and decorative elements (stones, roots). Finally, position the individual groups of plants in the plant plan.

Fast-growing plants help to prevent algae
Our recommendation: Cover around 80 % of the bed with plants. At least half of the initial stock of plants should consist of fast-growing varieties. This provides a reliable means of preventing algae infestations. Aquatic plants create a healthy climate for the fish and ensure that a stable ecological balance is maintained in the aquarium on a sustained basis.

1. Vorbereiten der Pfanzen
a.

 Remove the plant from the pot.

b.

Carefully remove as much stone wool from the roots as possible without damaging them.
Small, densely growing plants are often difficult to plant when you have removed the stone wool. In this case, only remove the bottom portion of the stone wool.

c.

If the roots are too long and difficult to spread out, trim them with a sharp knife or scissors.
If the stem plants are too long, trim them from the roots. New roots will soon grow.

 

  
2. Foreground plants
Pour water into the aquarium until it is around 1/3 full. Set plants in the foreground first of all. Flat-growing varieties which will remain short are ideal here. Prepare plants as described (remove foam or rock wool, shorten roots) and set in the front third of the aquarium.

 

Important
When pouring the water into the aquarium, be careful not to stir up the bed! Place a flat porcelain plate in the aquarium. Pour the water slowly into the aquarium over this plate. Ensure that the water is not too cold, as this may harm the plants. 25 °C is ideal.

a. Remove potted plants from their pots, remove plant substrate (rock wool) and clean under running water. Cut the roots back to approx. 1 cm, without damaging the thick root stock.

b. Cut off stem plants above the rock wool or remove rock wool and the lower leaves. Press each stem into the bed in an upright position, to a depth of 3-5 cm. Observe the right spacing: The outer leaves of the individual plants should be just touching.

Tips:

Press plant deep into the bed, then pull it so far out again that it sits in the bed as it did in the pot. The root stock should point downwards to enable the swift formation of new rootage.
You should use a sharp, clean pair of scissors to cut the roots and to shorten stem plants. A good pair of tweezers is very useful when setting smaller plants.


3. Middle
Now top up the water until the aquarium is half full, prepare medium-sized plants and set them in the middle part of the aquarium. Then carefully add more water.

 

4. Background
When the aquarium is almost completely full of water, prepare and set large background plants. These provide an effective means of concealing filter components and the pH electrode. When all the plants have been set, top up the water until the aquarium is totally full. 
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