Accessed through the lower section of the Temperate Lands glasshouse is the Aquarium. The 15 aquarium tanks are primarily for the growing aquatic plants. They are also filled with tropical fish; from shoaling fish like the neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) from the acid waters of the Amazon to the more agresive Malawi cichlids from alkaline African lakes, that have entertained generations of children on rainy days.
The aquatic plants they live in the waters of our planet
have originated from many plant families.
See how many types of aquatic plant you can find in our aquariums while you enjoy watching the fish.
Growing in water is not without its problems, the plants need to bubble off oxygen. Absorb carbon dioxide from the water to derive carbon one of the building blocks of cell growth. Light becomes ever more diffuse as the water becomes deeper. Nutrients have grabbed from the water as it passes or sucked from the mud at the bottom. Indeed it can even be a challenge to stay in one place in fast flowing water, extensive roots can help. Seeds must be able to float until they can find a suitable place to germinate. Predators must be repelled by tasting unpleasant or by being difficult to bite.
Despite these difficulties, with our help some non-native aquatic plants are becoming invasive and threatening our own native aquatic plants. Be a responsible aquarist, always dispose of aquatic plants responsibly by drying them out and composting them. Find out more at Plant Life
Videos of some of our tanks