Posted on 27 October 2009 by

Underwater Gardens

acquariumBy Vanessa Richins

As a kid, we had both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.

We would put in plastic plants to provide places for the fish to hide and make the tank look less bare.

As I grew older and started caring for my own aquarium, I ventured into the world of live aquarium plants.

They offer more to the aquarium and the fish themselves, since they provide some food for the fish to nibble on, as well as adding oxygen to the water and making the environment more suitable. When my pineapple swordtails had live babies, they hid among the leaves until they were big enough to escape being eaten.

I also had fun exploring some plants that seemed very exotic. We secured mangroves (purchased from eBay) into pieces of styrofoam and let them float on top of the water. They would have done a bit better if the water had been more brackish (mangroves like salty water), but it was fun to explore. We also placed papyrus stems in the water.

An aquarium garden is a fun way to do some urban gardening if you don’t have any space for “real” gardening. You can tend living plants and design entire underwater landscapes, creating a peaceful oasis in your own living room.

A gardening friend on Facebook posted the link to a gallery of award winning underwater gardens. The pictures featured in the L.A. Times piece come from the the last five years of winners in the Aquatic Gardening Association’s Aquascaping Contest.

These pictures will give you some wonderful ideas on how to create your own watery gardens. It makes me want to set up an aquarium again.

Which is your favorite?

One Response to “Underwater Gardens”

  1. Clara Says:

    Where do I buy some sand,pebbles and plants for my aquarium?

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