Category Archives: Planted Aquariums

New Dates Announced for the AGA 2020 International Aquascaping Contest

The AGA Aquatic Gardeners Association International Aquascaping Contest is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year in August.


Are you Salty or Fresh? Pick a side: Meet Freshwater Hobbyists Ed, Willy and Scott

Meet some freshwater hobbyists from all over that are as passionate about the hobby as any aquarists you have ever met. Some of them have kept reef tanks and find interesting differences between the salty side and staying fresh.


Scapers get your IAPLC entries in before May 31

It’s just days now until the International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest 2020 closes for entries.  The IAPLC is the original aquascaping contest and was conceived by the late great Takashi Amano of Aqua Design Amano fame, the godfather of modern aquascaping. The largest aquascaping contest in the world, in its 20th year it now receives […]


Trimming your stem plants like a professional. An illustrated tutorial.

Often fast-growing, stem plants are the aquatic plant of choice for the background or the middle of a tank. They require a substrate to root into and under good water quality and nutrient balance, these plants will soon grow a new root system and grow tall.


Freshwater Shrimp Keeping and Shrimp Safe Products from Brightwell Aquatics

At Marine Depot, we carry much more than saltwater products. We also carry a large range of freshwater products like live plants, CO2 supplies and glassware, fertilizers and shrimp safe products.


Prime Fuge Review: The Best Refugium Light We’ve Ever Tested—Grow Macroalgae FAST!

The all new Prime fuge was designed specifically for refugiums to promote faster and more robust growth among your macroalgae.


Thinking About Setting Up A Freshwater Planted Tank? Here’s What You’ll Need

Planted aquariums are not difficult but they do provide a challenge both in aquascaping along with plant care. Many tropical fish develop richer colors when kept with live plants. Follow along as we take a bottom to top approach to setting up a planted aquarium.


High-Tech Plants for High-Tech Aquariums: Dennerle In-Vitro Live Plants Now Available

Instead of harvesting plants from the wild, Dennerle selects the strongest plants with the most attractive features. These are cloned in a laboratory, ensuring every plant will be a beautiful specimen in your aquarium.