Tank PlantersTM are a new method for growing aquarium plants. The Tank Planter system uses an enclosed planter cup to hold nutrient-rich gravel along with plant roots as a self-contained unit. Tank Planters offer important advantages. Slow-release fertilizers in the planter gravel serve as long-term nutrient sources that feed the plant roots, reducing the need for fertilizer dosing. You can use Tank Planters with any existing aquarium substrate.
The picture above shows a Tank Planter with a rooted ‘Green Gecko’ crypt plant. Tank Planters work best with rosette or bulb plants that have strong roots systems. Such as the following:
- crypts (Cryptocoryne)
- swordplants (Echinodorus)
- aponogeton (Aponogeton)
- crinum lilies (Crinum)
Tank Planters are less suitable for plants that grow on hard surfaces (Java fern, Anubias) and aquarium stem plants (Bacopa, Hygrophila etc.).
The following lists some of the situations where Tank Planters are especially useful:
- bare-bottom tanks
- angelfish and discus display
- Geophagus cichlids and other digging
- breeding tanks
- low-tech & no-tech displays
We especially enjoy the fun of assembling simple no-tech setups in small jars, vases and aquariums. The picture below shows a simple yet beautiful display with a crypt plant and a swordplant in an antique 2-gallon aquarium.
See our Tank Planters catalog pages for our complete line of Tank Planter multi packs and combination packs…
Riparium Supply: Tank Planters