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Aquarium Plants in Nature

The plants we see in our aquariums can grow differently in the wild.

By Oliver Lucanus |

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The planted aquarium hobby has become very popular, and the number of live aquatic plants available to the aquatic gardener is greater than ever. However, conditions in nature are very different from the artificial environment in our aquariums. Many plants we keep in the water year-round today are the result of careful cultivation by specialists. So how do our aquarium plants look in nature?

Aquatic plants often live submerged only for some months during the rainy season, and their appearance greatly differs from what we are used to in the aquarium. Plants that grow emersed (out of the water) have tougher, more sturdy leaves than submersed (under-the-surface) ones. Many popular aquarium plants live as swamp or marginal plants with their roots or rhizomes submerged in water and the leaves above the surface in the tropical sun.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the January 2012 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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