Why are aquatic pond plants necessary?
1) They naturally filter for your pond water of harmful toxins
2) They provide shade from the sun, reducing algae growth
3) They provide some predator protection (such as heron)
How many plants should I have in my pond?
Keep in mind that too many plants can create oxygen deficiencies at night when plants consume oxygen and give off carbon dioxide. Low oxygen levels can be harmful to your fish.
Water lettuce and hyacinth, however, are great alternatives to water lilies, as they provide the same shade at a fraction of the price and multiply on their own. While hyacinth are known to bloom purple flowers, water lettuce does not flower and looks just like edible lettuce does. These two plants are free-floating, as their root base hangs freely in the water and trap dust particles and small debris in root base. They also die off when the temperature starts to drop in the September months.
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