Covering the back wall of your aquarium with moss or plants can be quite a challenge. Here we show you how to do this...
Planning when to plant the aquarium can be tricky. You don't want the plants to survive long until you have time. After all, the quality will not improve. You also don't want the plants to be there when you want to start planting. So difficult... or is it not that bad?
Imagine; you have ordered and received plants, but you don't want/can't put them in the aquarium until a few days later. What now? Or what if the package with the plants has been delayed? First of all I want to reassure you. Aquarium plants can survive outside the aquarium for a reasonable amount of time.
The plants we send are all grown above water (except for a few species). This has the advantage that they have strong leaves and stems (and are free of algae). When plants arrive at us, they have already been on their way from the supplier for 1 or 2 days. They almost always arrive in excellent condition and do not suffer from transport. Ordered plants are immediately packed with care and forwarded. Can't get any fresher than that. The rest of the plants are in stock and stored in our special climate cabinets. With a constant temperature of 18℃ we can keep them for a long time. They retain their strength and can withstand a knock during transport.
Unfortunately, not every parcel deliverer is equally careful. We therefore do our utmost to pack the plants properly. When it's cold, we wrap them in bubble wrap. Our experience and testing has shown that spending a week in the box is no problem for most plants.
That actually differs considerably per plant species. Keep in mind: the softer the leaves, the faster they deteriorate. Hardy plants such as Anubias, Java fern and Bolbitis last a very long time. Soft plants such as Bacopa australis, Limnophila hippuroides and Micranthemum umbrossum will deteriorate quickly. These types of plants automatically suffer more from handling, transport, etc., because they are more sensitive. They are more sensitive to temperature, dehydration or too high a moisture content. It is also striking that slow growers are often stronger than fast growers, but that aside.
It would of course be a shame if the aquarium plants die before they are in the aquarium. Here are some tips to limit the damage:
- Never put plants in direct sunlight
- Prevent temperature fluctuations (do not place above a radiator)
- Better keep too cool than too warm (better in the garage, shed or utility room than in the living room)
- Never let the plants dry out
We would advise you to leave the plants in the packaging for a maximum of a few days. So leave it on the tempex dish in the buttoned bag, in the closed box. However, what can also offer a solution is to put them in a layer of water of 2-3 cm. A washing-up bowl, bucket, Curverbak or old aquarium can serve this purpose well. This should then be covered with, for example, cling film to prevent it from drying out. Occasionally air and spray if necessary. Be careful with sunlight and excessive condensation.
Another solution can be to temporarily hang the pots in the aquarium, with rock wool and all. Then they will also remain good for some time.
In an in vitro cup there is a microclimate with a tuned balance between nutrition, plant material and oxygen/CO2. We have in vitro cups that are still reasonably intact after 2 years of storage at room temperature (see photo). Depending on the type, degree of storage and hygiene during production, they can sometimes become unusable within a week. These will be exceptions. We recommend the same tips as in the list above. Here too, plant species with soft leaves are more likely to suffer from non-ideal conditions. It may be said that in vitro cups can be stored for much longer on average than plants in pots. More weeks than days...
It goes without saying that no guarantees can be given on this information. At Azaqua we do everything we can to keep the quality as high as possible.
We would also like to advise you to plan the planting of the aquarium plants well. When this becomes a rush job, the result will never be as beautiful as when you take the time to do it. Not immediately time? Then save the plants until a better moment. But....don't wait too long.
PS. We also hear from customers several times that they simply keep their plants in the fridge for a short period of time. What is your experience with keeping aquarium plants? We are very curious. Let me know in the comments.