Aquatic Horticulture, Middle TN.




Solve your planted aquarium problems with the click of a button.

"Made my day! I went and tried to do it all myself. And failed, miserably. Got Reef Route Aquatics out to my house and made my tank and critters all beautiful and instruments worked like it suppose to. Recommend this company to anyone."
-Tooky Took
Goldfish Aquarium


Planted aquarium service

Planted Tank Service Agreement $90 - $200

Average service agreement for planted tank service is around $80 – $200. Aquarium size and types of setups and methods determine total cost. Some systems may require bi-weekly appointments to ensure needs of the plants are met. (Price is based on reoccurring monthly appointment and size of aquarium and pending consultation.) 

Additional Services Included

In addition to what we provide with aquarium maintenance, our planted tank services may also include the following:  

  • Equipment maintenance – CO2, dosing pumps. 
  • Visual check of equipment, PAR check on lighting, filtration.
  • Visual check of disease, swimming and breathing of fish and inverts. 
  • Fertilizer – (Simple one part)


Planted aquarium maintenance isn’t all that much different from a reef tank to a certain degree. Water changes are done to replenish trace elements for the plants just like coral. Regular maintenance will keep the conditions prime for plant growth.

Here’s some of our highlighted services that come with your planted aquarium service agreement:

  • Plant trimming
  • Fertilizer (Simple one part)
  • Replace CO2 tank
  • Algaecide treatment. 


Regardless of he method of fertilization you chose, or the use of C02, Reef Route Aquatics can help keep your aquarium clean and your plants green.

Differences Between Planted Tank versus Fish Only

First off lets define the differences between the 2 systems. This will help you, and Reef Route Aquatics understand and identify the tasks, objectives, and scope of work needed to successfully keep both.

One of the major differences is lighting. Planted tank setups almost always have a higher PAR or better than average lighting setup. Either Metal halide , sodium vapor, or intense LED’s to name a few. A fish only aquarium doesn’t even really need lighting at all. The main purpose of lighting in a fish only system is to see the fish. It doesn’t need to be powerful, and should be dimly lit. After all we’re just trying to view fish, not grow unwanted algae.

The second major difference is the dependency of trace elements. Not to be misunderstood, any aquarium with a plant would or could benefit from some extra fertilizer, but a planted tank would most likely suffer if not dosed on a regular basis.  In order for Reef Route Aquatics to call a planted tank a “Planted Aquarium,” it must require additional supplements.

The substrate is the last real difference between the two. Substrate for a fish only aquarium should really be cleaned every 4 weeks. This helps remove detritus and uneaten food that causes issues with algae. With all the different substrate methods and types for planted aquariums, cleaning the gravel or sand is almost a no, no in most cases. We either don’t want to disturb the substrate, or we end up removing nutrients that the plants could be using naturally.

So there you have it. These are the major differences between planted and fish only systems. If you have any further questions? Feel free to visit our BLOG page on the subject or send us an email. We’ll be more than glad to help out a fellow hobbyist.


Check out the list of services we offer. We handle everything from aquarium installations, custom aquarium design, to aquarium cleaning. No matter what you need, we got you covered.

Aquarium Service
Fish tank cleaning can be a job! Have your aquarium cleaned and serviced by an Aquatics Specialist. 
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Aquarium Installation
Custom aquarium design and setup. Allow our experience to save you time and money.
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Aquarium Relocation
Across the room or across town. We're professional aquarium movers? Let us worry about the details. 
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Aquarium Monitoring
Monitoring service for a low price. Having a second set of eyes is a great form of redundancy.
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Turtle Tank Service
Keeping a turtle tank clean can be a challenge. We also service other semi-aquatic reptiles and animals.
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Aquarium Testing
ICP-OES, lab grading aquarium water testing. We'll help you understand what's going on, and how to fix it.
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Planted Aquarium Service
Aquatic Horticulture Service will keep the conditions prime for plant growth.
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Reef Tank Service
There a lot more going on in a reef tank,. We can keep everything maintained.
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Aquarium Design​
Your dreams are never too far from reality. Imagination, and budget are the only restrictions.
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Quarantine Service​
Offerings quarantine services for all types of aquatic life. We’ll deliver the healthiest specimens
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If you're in the Murfreesboro Area

Please stop by Animal City on NW Broad St. They have high quality fish and equipment, and there staff is more than helpful!