Aquatic Horticulture, Middle TN.

Expert Care for Lush and Healthy Planted Aquariums

Nurturing Your Aquatic Garden to Flourishing Perfection


Planted aquarium service

Lush and Healthy Aquatic Garden

  • Expert Plant Care

  • Nutrient Balancing

  • Algae Control

Premier Fish Tank Cleaning Services In Nashville

Time and Effort Savings for Aquarists

  • Scheduled Maintenance

  • Proactive Issue Prevention

  • Customized Plant Selection

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Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Free Planted Tank

  • Aquascape Design

  • Healthier Fish

  • Sustainable Practices



Cultivate the Ideal Planted Aquarium

Maintaining a lush and thriving planted aquarium is a rewarding endeavor, but it comes with its share of challenges. As a planted tank enthusiast, you’ve likely experienced the frustration of dealing with overgrown plants, nutrient imbalances, and the constant battle against algae. The time and effort required to keep your planted tank in its pristine state can be overwhelming, leaving you questioning the vitality of your aquatic garden.

With each cleaning and maintenance session, you’ve realized the intricacies involved in nurturing your planted aquarium. Keeping a balanced ecosystem, optimizing plant growth, and managing water quality can feel like an unending struggle. DIY cleaning solutions often fall short, and the potential for disrupting the delicate balance of your planted tank adds to the frustration.

At Reef Route Aquatics, we present the definitive solution to your planted aquarium challenges. Our planted aquarium maintenance and tank cleaning services are meticulously crafted to transform your aquatic garden into a flourishing oasis of greenery and serenity.

Our team of experts specializes in the care and maintenance of planted tanks. We offer a comprehensive range of services, from routine cleaning and water parameter management to nutrient optimization and plant care. With our guidance and expertise, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of your planted aquarium without the stress of maintenance. Let us be your trusted partner in achieving a vibrant and healthy planted tank, where your aquatic garden thrives and your plants radiate natural beauty. Rediscover the tranquility and vitality of your planted aquarium with Reef Route Aquatics.

Additional Planted Aquarium Service 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)
"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

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.


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.


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

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

If you're in the Nashville Area

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Visit Aquatic Critter on Nolensville Road. Huge selection of fish and equipment, and their staff is very knowgledable!