Which plants are best suited for an Aquarium?
- Author: Apeksha Rawat Published: 21st May, 2020
Growing plants in an aquarium is a popular hobby of plant enthusiasts. It enhances water quality and helps prevent algae growth. The live plants in an aquarium produce oxygen during daylight hours that is used by fishes and helps stabilize pH. In turn, fishes release carbon dioxide that plants use as a source of food.
A well-planned planted aquarium provides enjoyment and relaxation to eyes. The beautiful green plants regulate the aquarium ecosystem by removing harmful chemicals from the water. Here is a list of best-suited plants for people who are planning to start a planted tank for aquarium.
Money plants can be placed on the top of the aquarium and allowed to grow roots in the water. This is beneficial for both plants and aquariums as it absorbs nitrates and uses them for growth. With adequate light, the money plant will thrive. It is also a Vastu plant that is known to bring fortune to the home and make it look aesthetically appealing.
Java moss is one of the most common aquarium plants, which is easy to maintain and difficult to kill. It can tolerate the temperature around 22-32 degree celsius. The growth accelerates in medium-high lighting conditions. The java moss has been known to float; therefore, it is advised to attach it to something to prevent any float away.
Anacharis is another easy-to-care, low-maintenance aquarium plant. It has dark green leaves that provide a lush feel to aquariums. Anacharis can adapt to a wide range of water conditions but thrive in temperatures around 22-25 degree celsius. It grows well in moderate light, whereas if the lighting is too high, it promotes the growth of green algae hair on Anacharis. It can be planted directly on a surface or left to float.
Java Fern is a popular aquarium plant that is best suited for beginners. It is a low maintenance plant and is quite popular among people because of its unique shape. Java fern grows best in water that’s 22-25 degree celsius. The growth is optimal in low-medium lighting. It can be planted in any area of the aquarium without distracting from the hardscape.
Hornwort is another low-maintenance aquarium plant that floats freely on the surface of the aquarium. It has the ability to survive in a wide range of temperatures. Hornwort can grow up to 24 inches and can be simply propagated by cutting down the stems. It needs minimal lighting to thrive. It is recommended to plant hornwort in the substrate to allow lighting to reach the underlying plants.
Amazon sword is a fantastic plant for aquariums. It is easy to maintain and can grow in a wide range of conditions. Amazon sword is the perfect aquarium plant for beginners as it can survive well with a low level of nutrients and lighting. It needs direct lighting and temperature around 22-27 degree celsius and usually grows up to 20 inches tall.
Water wisteria is an easy-to-grow aquarium plant, which is quite popular among beginners. This species of aquatic plants is called bunch plants. It can either be found floating on the water’s surface or rooted. This plant requires direct light and does well in the temperature range of around 23-26 degree celsius. It grows up to 20 inches high and 10 inches wide, but with lower lightning, it will grow considerably smaller. It has lace-like green leaves that look like a green carpet-like cover for aquariums.
These beautiful aquatic plants are perfect for creating an aesthetically appealing aquarium that adds charm to your interiors.