10 Helpful Planted Aquarium Accessories

By Billy | Updated: September 21, 2022 | Posts
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There are a lot of planted aquarium accessories that are pointless.

But there are also one’s that I often use and highly recommend.

After setting up and maintaining my live planted aquarium, these are the accessories I’d recommend. They have saved me a lot of headaches.

Water Testing Kit

The most important thing about your aquarium is keeping the water healthy. I heard someone say once that “you’re not a fish keeper, you’re a water keeper.” And the more I get into this hobby, the more that statement rings true.

Figuring out the pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels will help prevent health issues.

The best way to test your water is by using this API Master Test Kit. It’s straightforward and will help you immensely.

API Water Test Kit
$27.08
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09/24/2022 06:51 am GMT

Brush Cleaner

Algae is inevitable. There are ways to minimize it, but you’ll need something to scrap it off your glass. I bought this brush from Amazon, and it works well.

But, you can honestly use anything soft that won’t scratch your glass. I even saved an old toothbrush to get small corners I can’t reach with the first brush mentioned.

Aquarium Brush
$6.99
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09/24/2022 08:39 am GMT

Net

The size of your net will depend on the size of your tank and fish. I started with a 5-gallon aquarium and some neon tetra, so I picked up this nano net. I do have to say, though, that you get what you pay for. It’s built extremely cheap. Looking back, I would’ve spent a little more for a sturdier net. The nano net I mentioned above often bends at the base, and I have to bend it back. Not a big deal, but still annoying.

I then bought this Aquarium Coop net, and it’s very sturdy. It’s made of plastic. But sturdy plastic that won’t bend.

Aquarium Co-Op Fish Net
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Python Siphon

A gravel vacuum (also referred to as a siphon) is important for two reasons…

Before learning about these, I would do water changes with an old cup.

One.at.a.freaking.time.

Yeah, that’s not the move. Save yourself time and purchase one of these. Spend the money for the python brand siphon – it’s much better quality. Once you get used to using them, they’re very satisfying. Or that’s a ‘just me’ thing. IDK

Python Siphon
$65.99
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09/24/2022 03:38 am GMT

Aquascaping Kit

If you have live plants, they’ll grow. So, you’ll want something to trim them with. This is called the art of aquascaping. I picked up this kit from Amazon, and it’s worked well.

You can get away with using regular scissors you have lying around the house. The benefit of buying a kit is they’re usually cheap and last a long time. Plus, they’re usually stainless steel, so you won’t have rust issues.

Stainless Steel Aquascaping Kit
$13.99
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09/24/2022 12:00 am GMT

Drip Acclimator

Depending on the hardiness of new fish you stock in your aquarium, you’ll probably want to use a drip acclimator. That way, they can gradually get acclimated to your water parameters.

If your fish is sensitive, and you put them into your tank without slowly acclimating, they could get shocked and die.

So do your fish and your psych a favor. Don’t be lazy and acclimate your new fish with this drip acclimator.

Accudrip Acclimator
$14.99
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09/24/2022 01:01 am GMT

Specimen Container

This is one of the most underrated fish tank accessories. I use it to put my brush and aquascaping kit in when I’m not using them. But you can also use it to attach to the side of your tank to hold your fish if you need to do serious adjustments.

It’s not a necessity, but it is convenient to have.

Specimen Container
$13.60
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09/24/2022 12:51 am GMT

Root Tabs

Usually, your substrate’s nutrients will deplete after one year, and you’ll have to add more. The easiest way to do this is to buy root tabs. It depends on how many plants feed via the roots you have in your tank. For my 5-gallon, I put two new root tabs every three months, and it works well.

It’s all about trial and error.

Aquarium Coop Root Tabs
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Kitchen Collander

If you read my post on beginner aquarium mistakes, then you know how important a kitchen colander is. It spreads your water out so it doesn’t disturb your plants or substrate. You can get any type of colander.

Just make sure it’s a size that can rest on the top of your tank. It’ll make your life easier if it’s small enough to rest on the top of your tank, rather than you having to hold it while pouring.

Stainless Steel Colander
$13.99
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09/24/2022 04:41 am GMT

Super Glue

I remember watching videos of people using super glue to attach wood/plants to rocks. This surprised me because I thought it would’ve leached toxins. Most super glue brands will be fine, but to be safe, this is the one I use.

It’s useful to have around when you’re rescaping your tank and want to make sure everything stays in place.

Super Glue (2 Pack)
$5.45
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09/24/2022 03:41 am GMT

Bottom Line

I tried keeping this list concise, including the accessories I actually use. Not just a list of everything I could think of.

If you have anything else that you think should be included, email me.

Billy

I've been building freshwater aquariums with my dad since a young age. A few years ago, I shifted my focus to low-tech planted tanks. My goal is to share my experience to help make yours easier.
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