Here on JacobsAquarium.com you'll notice we have the care requirements listed for each plant we sell on every product page. Although these are generic tips, they do help point you in the right direction. However, I thought it would help to further explain what these care requirements mean. Below you'll find our definition of each one. Please note that some of the opinions expressed in these paragraphs are just that, our opinions and not necessarily will they help you grow each plant we sell with 100% success. Allot of what goes into keeping a aquatic plant alive depend on the grower, the hobbyist, you.
Scientific Name: A scientific name is used by scientists to define the genus and species of aquatic plants. They hold no bearing on the care of a aquatic plant but are simply provided by us to help in anyway, should you desire to further research our plants.
Light Requirement: Some plants prefer well lit environments while others grow perfectly fine in dim, shady areas of a planted tank or ecosystem. The lighting requirements we list on each plant product page define the best possible environment the plant will grow in. Some plants that prefer high light for example can still grow in medium to low light environments, but for the sake of providing accurate and helpful information. We list the most desired lighting conditions for each plant. If you are unable to provide the proper lighting conditions for the plants you're interested in, we recommend doing further research. You may be able to get away with growing the plants you desire in lighting conditions that are dimmer or brighter then what we recommend.
Substrate: I have always said "A planted tank is as only good as its substrate." In my opinion, substrate is the most important thing. Well above, lighting, water parameters or CO2. Some plants prefer a substrate that's packed with nutrients. For example, the well known and highly recommended ADA soil. While others can grow in just plain gravel or sand. However, keep in mind, a plant is a plant. It needs nutrients in one form or another. If its not getting nutrients from the substrate, it can absorb it through the water in your aquarium. This is where liquid nutrients help out allot and this is the reason we're able to grow almost all of our inventory in pure sand. But, as I've said for many years in allot of my YouTube videos, if you can afford the good stuff, do it. You can't go wrong with nutrient rich substrate, even if the plants you want to grow don't necessarily need it.
Fertilization: As I mentioned above, some plants prefer an environment packed with nutrients. However, some more demanding plants, require even more. This is where CO2 is required. As much as I have tried, there are just some plants that will simply not grow without CO2. Dwarf Baby Tears for example won't grow at all or just slowly deteriorate without CO2. Some may challenge me on this and that's fine, we all have our opinions. But I've been in the game for many years, grown allot of plants, tried many times to grow them all different kinds of ways and I highly recommend, if you see a plant on our website that requires CO2 and you don't have a CO2 injection system. Don't buy it. You'll only be disappointed. Also, you may notice for some plants we have "Nutrient Dosing" listed as its primary fertilization requirement. This simply means the plant will grow just fine in an environment where liquid, dry nutrients or nutrient rich substrate is abundant.
I hope this helps you further understand our plant care recommendations and of course if you have any questions, please fill out the form on the "Contact Us" page and we will respond as quickly as we can. Thank you!