To add that special effect and enhance the natural setting within your aquarium, try using live plants instead of fake plastic plants. The use of live plants will not only add a pleasing visual appeal, but will also help maintain your tank. By adding oxygen to the water, the use of live plants helps keep your aquarium balanced and will aid in fish health.
Once your plants are established in a clean, well lighted tank, you must care for them by making sure they receive the nutrients required for healthy growth. Plants need both macro- and micro nutrients. Macro nutrients are usually found naturally in tap water and in the fish themselves. These nutrients include nitrates, sulfates and phosphates. Macro nutrients should never need to be added to the water of the tank. They exist on their own. Micro nutrients are needed in very small amounts. Copper, iron and zinc are among the micro nutrients live plants will need to survive in the aquarium.
As a rule of thumb a fish only aquarium will be fine with a regular T12 or T8 fluorescent tube somewhere around 15 to 40 W. The only thing you need to remember is that you need to change the tube every year because the light quality does deteriorate with age. As I said with a how to aquascape the lighting needs to be upgraded and it does depend upon the depth of the tank, the species of plants you choose and the desired growth rate. If you are using fluorescent tubes you need roughly 2 to 5 W per gallon and a colour temperature somewhere between 5500 and 6700 deg Kelvin. Generally speaking one or more T5 tubes should suffice. Remember to change the tube regularly every six months.
I would recommend pacman frogs to anyone who has a genuine frog interest, but not to a beginner. The aggressive tendencies and live feedings usually deter the squeamish, but it you genuinely love frogs, then this is one to definitely add to the collection. They can usually be found at local pet stores and are anywhere from 20 – 100 dollars depending on size. Small babies can even sell for 10 dollars, and there are many patterns and colors to choose from. There is even an albino pacman that is very popular in the pet industry.
Algae woes are inevitably the down side of planted aquariums. An aquarium that previously had little or not algae, and was able to be controlled by a dwarf plecostomus, snail and/or otocinclus, may now be covered in numerous forums of the stuff!
Raised Pond – a formal pond can also be construced above ground from bricks, blocks or stone. There will be less waste to carry from the site, however the cost of the construction materials will be higher than an in-ground pond.
Tomato frogs are endangered due to deforestation in their home of Madagascar, but they are commonly bred in the U.S. and are kept widely in captivity. Perhaps some day there will be a program to get the frogs back out into the wild in large numbers.
The males of honey gourami have beautiful bright orange-yellow color. The females are plain, have slightly shaded brownish orange body with a silvery fluorescent glow. They prefer aquariums with some thickly planted areas and with some open swimming areas. They usually eat anything you provide them with. These fish are moderately easy to breed, though a little more difficult than the dwarf gourami. For a pair, prepare a 40-liter aquarium without air stone or filter. The male will build a large bubble nest. The eggs will when laid float up into the bubble nest, where the male will guard over them until they hatch and the fry becomes free swimming, which is when he should be removed. The female should be removed right after spawning.