How To Grow Aquarium Plants FAST!


(dramatic music) – [Dustin] What’s up, fish tank people? Dustin’s Fish Tanks bringing it to you. Talking about how to grow plants fast. How’s everybody doing? I’m hope you’re doing well. Today’s video, we’re going to talk about how to grow plants faster. We’re going to talk about lights, we’re going to talk about substrate, we’re going to talk about food and CO2. We talked about lights last week and we want as much light
as we can get our hands on. Folks, you can always reduce light, but it’s a lot harder to add. We don’t want light to
be our limiting factor. I built a greenhouse, not a warehouse. But you’re not alone, folks. I have been there, too. This is my old piranha tank. It is an old 55, 48 inches long, with only a 36-inch single fluorescent being used over it. We want as much light as possible, (upbeat music)
we can always reduce light. Second things, CO2. Carbon dioxide. Anyone who has used CO2 knows how fast an increase in CO2 can grow your plants. But there are two major
problems with using CO2. One, when it runs out, you immediately take your
tank extremely off balance. And then number two, too much CO2 will kill your fish. Ask me about the time when I had the CO2 running too high on my 220, and all of my Boesemani Rainbows were at the surface gasping for air. But let’s stop, let’s take a step back. I want to talk about CO2 in the wild. First, how do most aquarium
plants grow in the wild? Answer, above the surface
of the water line, or right below it. Why? CO2 and light. But I want to talk about
herpes for a minute. Duckweed, the herpes of aquarium plants. Why does it grow so fast? First, it floats on the top of the readily available CO2 aquarium. Second, it gets the most unfiltered light from the sun or from your light source. There is no dirty water that the light has to struggle through to
penetrate down to the bottom, losing energy along the way. (upbeat music) But let’s go back to
growing plants quickly. What about plant food? This is an Amazon Sword, arguably the heaviest
root-feeding aquarium plant. This is an Amazon Sword
growing in Greenhouse 2.0. This is an Amazon Sword
growing four degrees from the equator in Peru, in the Amazon. In both instances, they are growing and thriving in good substrate. Dirt, mud, soil, whatever. Plants can’t move. They are entirely reliant
on the area around them for their nutrients. You and I can go get food. Plants are basically stuck
with what they are provided. What is the most consistent
thing plants have? It’s not the sun up, sun down, one day hot, one day
cold environment, nope. It’s below the surface. This is what is constant. In the words of the Beastie Boys, “How we gonna kick it,
gonna kick it root down?” So, you want to grow plants faster? Here’s three steps, in this order. One, figure out how to get
the most light possible and the best quality of
light to your plants. Two, figure out how to get
your plants as much CO2 as possible without killing your fish. And three, figure out
how to get your plants as much food as possible, where they eat, as much food as possible. But wait, there’s more. Mother Nature does not
have a CO2 regulator sitting there providing CO2. So, how do all these plants get the CO2? They either A, grow up
and out of the water into the CO2-rich atmosphere, or B, they are getting
CO2 which is provided from all the organics
breaking down in, on, or below the substrate.
(upbeat music) Kind of like how a dirted
tank gives off CO2. If you like this type of content make sure you hit that like,
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19 thoughts on “How To Grow Aquarium Plants FAST!

  1. Great video and it is extremely helpful with the plant knowledge you provide. It was a question of mine of where do those plants get CO2 in nature and your explanation as usual was excellent!

  2. And for those of us who don't run CO2, wouldn't you agree that water changes are great for growth?
    Fresh water can bring fresh CO2 for the plants, potentially bring nutrients for the plants, and even bring in oxygen which helps aerobic bacteria to flourish and speed the process of nitrites being converted to nitrates which are used by plants.

  3. Great to the point video. All my tanks have organic potting soil, I don't think I'd use any other substrate. 👍

  4. I love when you hit us with this kind of video. It’s like you’re saying “don’t believe me? try It for yourself.” Tank on brotha!

  5. Thanks to Dustin I have organic potting soil in all 3 of my tanks. My plants really thrive.

  6. Ive found in my 20 years experience is awuarium plants are really easy to grow.. you litterally shove it in the substrate be it rocks. Dirt. Sand and itll grow with almost any decent light.

    The real challenge are growing corals in salt water. Plants were meh for me so i switched most of my tanks to salt water tanks. I have one 92g corner bowfront thats still fresh water with plants but thats it.

  7. Hey Dustin I order a bottle of your liquid CO2 booster last week and i still haven't gotten an email letting me know if it was shipped

  8. Can I get a plant guide?
    I saw one at a fish store who does business with you? I went in it must have been a bad time cause this person knew very little about almost everything they was trying to sell! Do you have anybody in mass you deal with? Again how can I get that laminated plant guide from you?
    I have a ten gallon and a twenty gallon I would love some red plants that will do good in with high or low light

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