Monday, October 21, 2013

Photosynthesis in your aquarium



What is Photosynthesis?


Plants have oxygen-producing capabilities. In the process of photosynthesis, plants and some species of bacteria possess the ability to use the energy from the sun to convert water, carbon dioxide, and minerals present in the environment into organic material that is essential for plant growth. A by-product of photosynthesis is oxygen.


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Source: http://autonopedia.org/garden-and-farm/livestock/5-preparing-the-pond/


To create an ideal tank environment where plants and the fish population can thrive well, there must be a light source of sufficient intensity which will be the source of energy for photosynthesis to take place. There should also be a continuous supply of carbon dioxide when the tank is lit as well as a reliable supply of other essential nutrients needed by plants for photosynthesis to occur.

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