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50 Best Plants for Aquariums

50 Best Plants for Aquariums

One of the greatest additions to your home will be an aquarium.

They are usually low maintenance and are a fun activity for the entire family.

Studies have also proven that setting up an aquarium in the house reduces anxiety levels,

helps regulate blood pressure and lessens the probability of depression.

Furthermore, aquariums can serve as a great educational tool for children and teaches them basic responsibility and commitment.

However, just getting an aquarium and adding some fish to it is not enough.

What makes an aquarium attractive is plants and various ornaments, such as small wheels and driftwood.

Combining these two and adding some good light will get you a gorgeous aquarium display that has guests, friends, and family glued to it for several minutes.

Let’s look at some of the top plants for aquariums:

 

50 Best Plants for Aquariums

  1. Moneywort
  2. Hornwort
  3. Rotala Rotundifolia
  4. Pygmy Chain Sword
  5. Hygrophilia polysperma
  6. Cryptocoryne wendttii
  7. Anubia nana
  8. Hava fern
  9. Amazon sword
  10. Java moss
  11. Water lettuce
  12. Vallisneria spiralis
  13. Cryptocoryne balansae
  14. Elodea densa
  15. Red Ludwigia
  16. Marimo ball
  17. Duckweed
  18. Water wisteria
  19. African water fern
  20. Tiger lotus
  21. Water trumpet
  22. Lilaeopsis
  23. Dwarf baby tears
  24. Anubias
  25. Aponogeton ulvaceus Bulb
  26. Dwarf Aquarium lily
  27. Parrot’s feather
  28. Water hawthorn
  29. Umbrella hair grass
  30. Brazillian waterweed
  31. Carolina fanwort
  32. American waterweed
  33. Vallisneria
  34. Hydrocotyle Japan
  35. Hygrophilia
  36. Lucky bamboo
  37. Spongeplant
  38. Aponogeton crispus
  39. Dwarf hairgrass
  40. Marsilea minuta
  41. Pogostemon helferi
  42. Dwarf sagittaria
  43. Echinodorus Ozelot Leopard Green
  44. Cryptocoryne lutea
  45. Guppy grass
  46. Pilea moss
  47. Bacopa
  48. Micro crypt
  49. Amazon frogbit
  50. Arrowheads
50 Best Plants for Aquariums
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50 Best Plants for Aquariums

 

 

50 Best Plants for Aquariums

1.    Moneywort

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The Moneywort plant is ideal for aquariums, especially those with fresh water

An excellent choice for your aquarium is Moneywort.

Botanically known as Brahmi to herbalists, it is an easy-growing plant that adapts to a wide variety of conditions. 

The Moneywort plant is ideal for aquariums, especially those with fresh water.

Under the lights, the plant appears bright green to lime, making a stunning display.

You can either grow it fully or partially submerged, but ensure it receives some sunlight.

It attains a height of about 12 inches but may even grow taller unless pruned. 

Initially, the plant grows horizontally until it reaches the water surface.

The plant is often used in vivariums and aquariums alike, considering its ability to grow well in various settings.

Furthermore, maintain a stable water temperature for it to grow healthy. 

  • Scientific name: Lysimachia nummularia, Creeping Jenny
  • Family: Primulaceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (22.2° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

2.    Hornwort

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Hornwort is an excellent choice for freshwater aquariums

The Hornwort plant, scientifically known as Ceratophyllum demersum, is an excellent choice for freshwater aquariums.

The plant has an easy-care routine and grows to about 24 inches in the ideal settings. If you’re a beginner, the Hornwort plant is for you.

It can be grown as a rooting or floating plant; both look great. The plant likes dappled sunlight so it can maintain its characteristic green color.

Moreover, it is propagated from its side shoots and grows pretty fast, so you may have to reduce its size now and then.

The Ceratophyllum demersum plant is hardy, especially when in the wild. If you are in a region such as New Zealand, it may be more invasive than usual.

  • Scientific name: Ceratophyllum demersum
  • Family: Ceratophyllaceae
  • Temperature: 60° – 86° F (15° – 30° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

3.    Rotala Rotundifolia

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Rotala Rotundifolia has a green to red color, making aquariums look vibrant and bright

Another easy plant to grow in aquariums is the Rotola Rotundifolia. It has a green to red color, making aquariums look vibrant and bright.

Attaining a height of about 12 – 13.5 inches, the Rotola Rotundifolia plant likes low light levels and infrequent feeding.

The plant originates from Southeast Asia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

It is a common weed in rice paddles and is often confused with its close relative, Rotala indica.

It was introduced to the United States only some time ago and thrives in most regions.

  • Scientific name: Rotala Rotundifolia
  • Family: Lythraceae
  • Temperature: 62° – 82° F (16.6° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 4.0 – 8.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

4.    Pygmy Chain Sword

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Pygmy Chain Sword is a delight to grow in aquariums Photo Credit: @chacara.takeyoshi on Instagram!

Also known as the Narrow-leaf plant, Pygmy Chain Sword is a delight to grow in aquariums.

The plant belongs to the Alismataceae family and has a moderate care level.

It is naturally green and needs filtered sunlight to maintain this.

Growing to a maximum size of about 6 inches, the plant can be propagated by seeds, runners, and Adventitious plants.

Pygmy Chain Sword works exceptionally well as a foreground plant in aquariums.

It takes the form of a green carpet, which looks colorful and lush. Maintain a temperature range of 65° to 80° F for the healthiest growth.

  • Scientific name: Helanthium tenellum
  • Family: Alismataceae
  • Temperature: 65° – 80° F (18.3° – 26.6° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.2 – 7.6
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

5.    Hygrophilia Polysperma

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Hygrophilia Polysperma a great choice for aquariums

Next up, we have the Hygrophilia Polysperma plant, a great choice for aquariums.

Its common names include Dwarf Hygro, Dwarf Hygrophila, and Indian waterweed.

The plant belongs to the famous Acanthaceae family and is fairly easy to grow and maintain.

It is a red to green color and maintains it in the right settings.

It grows to a height of about 24 inches when placed in dappled sunlight, watered occasionally,

and given good-quality feed. Maintain a water pH of 5 to 8 and a temperature of 64° to 86° F for the healthiest growth.

  • Scientific name: Hygrophilia Polysperma
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Temperature: 64° – 86° F (17.1° – 30° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.8
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

6.    Cryptocoryne Wendttii

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Cryptocoryne wendtii is an excellent choice for freshwater aquariums Photo Credit: @tivamo_ug on Instagram!

An excellent choice for freshwater aquariums is the Cryptocoryne wendtii plant. A true green beauty, it is quite easy to manage.

The plant reaches a height of about 5 inches after several months and is usually propagated by runners.

The Cryptocoryne wendtii plant likes moderate light levels and should ideally be placed at the front or center.

Maintain a range of 72° to 78° F for this one and keep the pH between 5 to 8.

The wide pH range should tell that the Cryptocoryne wendtii plant can tolerate a considerate range of temperatures.

  • Scientific name: Cryptocoryne wendtii
  • Family: Araceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 78° F (22.2° – 25.5° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 5.0 – 8.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

7.    Anubia Nana

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Anubias nana may grow it partially or fully submerged, an aquatic beauty has an easy-care level

First talked about widely in 1899, the Anubias barteri var. nana was considered a varietal species in 1979.

This aquatic beauty has an easy-care level, requiring a pH of 6 – 7.5, a temperature of 72 to 82 F, and moderate sunlight.

The plant attains a height of about 7 to 8 inches when cared for correctly.

It is mostly propagated by the rhizome method and often grows attached to driftwood and rock in the aquariums.

A temperature range of 72° to 82° F works fine for this plant, along with neutral pH.

The Anuiba Nana plant has dark green thick leaves that often latch onto rocks. You may grow it partially or fully submerged.

  • Scientific name: Anubias barteri var. nana
  • Family: Araceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (° – ° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

8.    Java Fern

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Java Fern one of the most popular aquatic plants 

One of the most popular aquatic plants is the Java fern.

You may not see other plants in aquariums, but you will come across this one when looking for aquarium plants.

The popularity is only justified, as the plant has a vibrant green color that lights up the entire tank.

Botanically known as Microsorum Pteropus, the Java fern reaches 7 to 8 inches within a few months.

Overall, it is easy to manage and requires only basic care.

Provide it with low to moderate sunlight, temperatures ranging from 68° to 82 °, pH of 6 – 7.5, and KH of 3 to 8.

You can also attach Java fern to rocks and wood. It grows slowly but gains a good rate once fully established.

The plant mostly grows along the freshwater streams and rivers in Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Thailand, and China.

Furthermore, it produces pods that can be propagated into new plants.

If you have an amazon river theme in your mind for the aquarium, the Java fern plant is for you.

  • Scientific name: Microsorum pteropus
  • Family: Polypodiaceae
  • Temperature: 68° – 82° F (20° – 27° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

9.    Amazon Sword

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Amazon Sword another vibrant green plant that excellently decorates aquariums

Up next, we have the Amazon sword, another vibrant green plant that excellently decorates aquariums.

The plant is known as Echinodorous amazonicus botanically and is from the Alismataceae family.

It needs moderate care, consisting of temperatures from 72° to 82° F, 6.5 to 7.5 pH, and 3 to 8 KH.

The plant is mostly propagated via peduncles.

The famous Amazon sword is inexpensive and readily available in several plant stores and gardens.

The plant’s leaves may shadow other plants as they quickly grow to the surface.

However, it won’t give you much trouble if you prune it whenever needed.

  • Scientific name: Echinodorous amazonicus
  • Family: Alismataceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (22.2° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

10. Java Moss

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Java Moss is another popular aquarium plant

Scientifically known as Taxiphyllum Barbieri, the Java moss plant is another popular aquarium plant.

Belonging to the family of Hypnaceae, the plant likes low might, a pH of 5.5 to 8, hardiness of 6 to 20 Dgh, and temperature of 59° to 82°.

Overall, the Java moss plant has a moderate care routine. Attaining a height of 3 to 4 inches, the plant’s green color gives the aquarium a great vibrant look.

I recommend growing this one as a foreground plant for a lovely look.

It hails from Southeast Asia and is also widely found in the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Japan.

The Java moss plant is another beauty you can attach to rocks and driftwood. Maintain its ideal conditions for a happy and healthy Java moss.

  • Scientific name: Taxiphyllum barbieri
  • Family: Hypnaceae
  • Temperature: 70° – 90° F (21° – 32° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 5.5 – 8.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

11. Water Lettuce

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Water Lettuce plant has a pretty manageable care routine and grows well in freshwater

Yes, you read it right; there exists an aquarium plant called water lettuce.

The name comes from the plant’s resemblance to the common lettuce, but its needs differ from the latter.

Overall, the plant has a pretty manageable care routine and grows well in freshwater.

Botanically known as Pistia stratiotes, the Water lettuce plant is a floating plant from the Araceae family.

  • Scientific name: Pistia stratiotes
  • Family: Araceae
  • Temperature: 70° – 80° F (21.1° – 26.6° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

12. Vallisneria Spiralis

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Vallisneria Spiralis is another excellent choice for aquarium

Scientifically known as Vallisneria spiralis, this one is another excellent choice for aquariums.

It is from the Hydrocharitaceae family with a mature size of 17 to 20 inches.

Grow it as a background plant, providing it with conditions such as 6 to 9 pH, 60° to 86° F, and moderate light.

Initially, it may be tricky to handle since the plant doesn’t flourish until its roots establish fully.

However, the Vallisneria spiralis plant grows normally once it adapts to its surroundings.

  • Scientific name: Vallisneria spiralis
  • Family: Hydrocharitaceae
  • Temperature: 60° – 86° F (15° – 30° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.0 – 9.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

13. Cryptocoryne Balansae

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Cryptocoryne Balansae an unusual-looking plant is another good choice for aquariums Photo Credit @kazzyossy10969 on Instagram!

An unusual-looking plant, the Cryptocoryne Balansae is another good choice for aquariums.

The plant is a member of the Araceae family, requiring moderate care.

It likes medium sunlight, temperatures of 72 to 82 F, and a pH of 6.5 to 7.5.

You can propagate the Cryptocoryne Balansae plant with seeds and runners and grow it as a mid-background plant.

It thrives in environments with plenty of phosphate and calcium.

  • Scientific name: Cryptocoryne Balansae
  • Family: Araceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (22.2° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based top soil
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

14. Elodea Densa

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Elodea Densa a beautiful addition to your aquarium

A beautiful addition to your aquarium will be Elodea densa, a member of the Hydrocharitacea family.

It is fairly easy to grow, needing low light levels, pH of 6.5 to 7.5, and temperatures of 59° to 82° F.

I suggest growing it as a background plant, so the colorful plants appear brighter.

Elodea densa is an oxygenating plant; therefore, it is often sold with fish and small aquariums.

Originating from South America, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, the plant thrives in warm climates.

  • Scientific name: Elodea densa
  • Family: Hydrocharitacea
  • Temperature: 59° – 82° F (15° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

15. Red Ludwigia

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Red Ludwigia plant to your aquarium for a touch of pink hues

Add the Red Ludiwgia plant to your aquarium for a touch of pink hues.

The plant makes a statement within the water tank with its green and pink foliage. It is from the Onagraceae family and has a moderate care routine.

The plant likes low to moderate light, 72 to 82 F, and a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. it gains a height of about 16 to 18 inches when fully mature.

Moreover, I recommend growing it as a midground plant.

  • Scientific name: Ludwigia repens
  • Family: Onagraceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (22.2° – 27° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

16. Marimo Ball

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Marimo Ball plant is ball-shaped and looks wonderful in aquariums

The plant’s name gives away its appearance; the Marimo ball plant is ball-shaped and looks wonderful in aquariums.

It is commonly referred to as Moss balls and scientifically known as Chladophora aegagropila.

  • Scientific name: Chladophora aegagropila
  • Family: Chladophoraceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (22.2° – 27° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

17. Duckweed

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Duckweed is a good choice for aquarium since easy to grow

Botanically known as Spirodela polyrhiza¸ Duckweed is a good choice for aquariums. It is also known as Bayroot and Water lens.

It is easy to grow, requiring moderate natural light, neutral pH, and warm temperatures.

  • Scientific name: Spirodela polyrhiza
  • Family: Arums
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (22.2° – 27° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-based topsoil
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

18. Water Wisteria

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Water Wisteria in your aquarium for some pop of color Photo Credit @j_aquascape88 on Instagram!

Plant a Water wisteria in your aquarium for some pop of color. Botanically known as Hygrophila difformis, it is quite manageable.

The plant looks excellent under bright yellow lights and only needs basic care.

It adds oxygen to the water and provides shelter to the fish. It is also inexpensive and rarely gives any trouble.

  • Scientific name: Hygrophila difformis
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

19. African Water Fern

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African Water Fern is another vibrant species that will brighten your entire aquarium Photo Credit: @aqua_scapesza on Instagram!

Next, we have the African water fern. This plant is another vibrant species that will brighten your entire aquarium.

Botanically known as Bolbitis heudelotti, it is pretty easy to maintain. It likes a neutral pH and 74° to 84° F temperatures.

It is also called as Creeping fern and Congo fern.

  • Scientific name: Bolbitis heudelotti
  • Family: Dryopteridaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 84° F (23° – 28° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

20. Tiger Lotus

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Tiger Lotus plant will add color to your aquarium like no other

The Tiger Lotus plant will add color to your aquarium like no other. Botanically known as Nymphaea lotus, it is a moderate care plant.

Tiger lotus’ red to pinkish foliage enhances the other colors in the tank and attracts several fish.

It grows to over 14 inches within some months with a medium growth rate.

The Tiger lotus plant comes in various sizes and shapes, giving you the freedom to choose the variety that suits your aquarium’s theme best.

  • Scientific name: Nymphaea lotus
  • Family: Water lilies
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

21. Water Trumpet

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Water Trumpet is used to warm climates, plant is a good option for aquariums

Botanically known as Cryptocoryne beckrttii, the Water trumpet plant is a good option for aquariums.

It originates from Sri Lanka, so water trumpet is used to warm climates.

It reaches about 4 to 6 inches within months and has an easy-care level. Place it in midground for an attractive look.

  • Scientific name: Cryptocoryne beckrttii
  • Family: Arums
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

22. Lilaeopsis

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Lilaeopsis it has a short stem that looks good as a carpet Photo Credit: @comipez on Instagram!

A great choice for aquariums is the Lilaeopsis, also called the Brazilian Micro sword plant.

It has a short stem that looks good as a carpet. You may grow it partially or fully submerged.

The Lilaeopsis plant forms a dense carpet under the correct conditions, such as CO2, moderate lighting, and feed.

  • Scientific name: Lilaeopsis
  • Family: Umbellifers
  • Temperature: 72° – 85° F (22.2° – 29.4° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.8 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

23. Dwarf Baby Tears

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Dwarf Baby Tears produces clusters of small leaves that are ideal for breeding tanks

Next on the list we have Dwarf baby tears, another good option for aquarium plants.

It produces clusters of small leaves that are ideal for breeding tanks.

The Dwarf baby tears plant enjoys mild to moderate lighting, plenty of oxygen, good feeds, and moderate humidity.  

Initially, it is slightly tough to manage. However, the plant flourishes at a good rate once fully settled.

  • Scientific name: Micranthemum callitrichoides, Hemianthus callitrichoides
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 5.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

24. Anubia Nana Golden

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Anubias Nana Golden mostly grow along streams and rivers, but you will also see some varieties in marshes

One of the easiest plants for beginners is the Anubias, botanically also known as Anubias.

The plant is classified as an Arum and is aquatic to semi-aquatic.

Hailing from the Araceae family, they are natives of the western and tropical African regions.

They mostly grow along streams and rivers, but you will also see some varieties in marshes.

They are usually broad and dark and come in various types.

  • Scientific name: Anubias Nana Golden
  • Family: Araceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (22.2° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

25. Aponogeton Ulvaceus Bulb

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Aponogeton Ulvaceus Bulb gives rise to rippled leaves that form a beautiful pattern inside the tank

Fortunately, the Aponogeton Ulvaceus bulb plant’s care is not as tough and long as its name.

It is a fairly manageable plant requiring the basics only. It gives rise to rippled leaves that form a beautiful pattern inside the tank.

It is a tolerant species that works well as a background plant.

  • Scientific name: Aponogeton Ulvaceus bulb
  • Family: Aponogetonaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

26. Dwarf Aquarium Lily

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Dwarf Aquarium Lily produces unique leaves that enhance your aquarium’s look

The Dwarf Aquarium lily produces unique leaves that enhance your aquarium’s look.

It is an easy plant that should ideally be planted halfway out of the substrate, or else it dies.

It originates from India and Southeast Asia.

  • Scientific name: Nymphaea Stellata
  • Family: Water lilies
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (° – ° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 5.0 – 8.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

27. Parrot’s Feather

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Parrot’s Feather is another excellent choice for aquariums, often growing alongside streams and lakes

Botanically known as Myriophyllum aquaticum, Parrot’s feather is another excellent choice for aquariums.

The plant hails from the South American and Amazon regions, often growing alongside streams and lakes.

It has fronds that need direct sunlight to flourish. It is prohibited in Washington due to its nuisance as a weed.

  • Scientific name: Myriophyllum aquaticum
  • Family: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Temperature:
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.8 – 8.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

28. Water Hawthorn

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Water Hawthorn in the aquarium, they enjoy cool water conditions

The Water Hawthorn is a bulb that thrives in big aquariums.

It usually is dormant in the summers, when its natural habitat in South Africa dries up.

The plant blooms later on in the fall and spring seasons.

In the aquarium, they enjoy cool water conditions but can tolerate a wide range.

The Water Hawthorn plant’s leaves float on the water surface, offering shade to the fish and other plants.

  • Scientific name: Aponogeton distachyos
  • Family: Aponogetonaceae
  • Temperature: 32° – 75° F (0° – 25° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Cool and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

29. Umbrella Hair Grass

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Umbrella Hair Grass giving the fish plenty of hiding places a great choice for aquariums Photo Credit: @jual_ikan_hias_batulicin on Instagram!

Scientifically known as Eleocharis vivipara, the Umbrella grass plant is a great choice for aquariums.

The plant grows densely, giving the fish plenty of hiding places. It is thin-stalked and reaches about 240 inches if left unchecked.

If you have a large aquarium at home, this one is for you.

The Eleocharis vivipara plant propagates via runners in substrates and thrives in nutrient-rich waters with ample light.

It also makes a good background cover in tanks with filters and other materials.

  • Scientific name: Eleocharis vivipara
  • Family: Sedges
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 5.0 – 7.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

30. Brazilian Waterweed

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Brazilian Waterweed grows fairly well in nutrient-rich waters and bright, dappled light Photo Credit: @ranger_perspective on Instagram!

A native of the temperate areas of Brazil and Uruguay,

the Brazilian waterweed grows fairly well in nutrient-rich waters and bright, dappled light.

Trim the offshoots for a neat look.

  • Scientific name: Egeria densa
  • Family: Hydrocharitaceae
  • Temperature: 61° – 90° F (16° – 32° C)
  • Soil: Well-draining, organic, and rich soils. Add peat moss or perlite for enhanced drainage.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.6
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

31. Carolina Fanwort

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Carolina Fanwort is mostly rooted in the stagnant water mud or slow-flowing water in its natural habitat

The Carolina fanwort is an herbaceous perennial hailing from North and South America.

It is also known as fish grass, cabomba, and Washington grass.

It is mostly rooted in the stagnant water mud or slow-flowing water in its natural habitat.

  • Scientific name: Cabomba caroliniana
  • Family: Cabombaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 4.8 – 7.8
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

32. American Waterweed

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American Waterweed produces roots at intervals and then anchors to the substrate or floats freely at the tank

Another perennial is the American waterweed, naturally found in all the warm regions of America.

It starts in the mud at the tank’s bottom when young. It gradually produces roots at intervals and then anchors to the substrate or floats freely.

  • Scientific name: Elodea canadensis
  • Family: Hydrocharitaceae
  • Temperature: 65° – 75° F (18.3° – 24° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

33. Vallisneria Gigantea

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Vallisneria Gigantea has strong and tough leaves that herbaceous fish rarely nimble on great choice for aquariums

A vibrant green plant, the Vallisneria gigantea is a great choice for aquariums.

It is mostly found in tropical and subtropical regions of equator countries.

It has narrow, linear foliage that can attain a height of about 5 feet, making a good water surface cover.

The plant has strong and tough leaves that herbaceous fish rarely nimble on.

Prune it regularly to prevent them from shadowing other plants.

  • Scientific name: Vallisneria gigantea
  • Family: Hydrocharitaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

34. Hydrocotyle Japan

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Hydrocotyle Japan plant has vibrant green leaves that grow in bunches in the Japanese aquascapes

A native of Australia and New Zealand, Hydrocotyle Japan is a perennial herb.

The plant has vibrant green leaves that grow in bunches in the Japanese aquascapes. Trim it every now and then for a classy look.

  • Scientific name: Hydrocotyle tripartita
  • Family: Araliaceae
  • Temperature: 72° – 82° F (22.2° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

35. Hygrophilia

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Hygrophilia plant is also known as swamp weed Photo Credit: @chacara.takeyoshi on Instagram!

This one is grown worldwide in tropical aquariums.

The Hygrophilia plant is also known as swamp weed, a rapidly growing species that reach up to 2 feet in the right conditions.

  • Scientific name: Hygrophila angustifolia
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Temperature: 68° – 82° F (20° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

 

36. Lucky Bamboo

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Lucky Bamboo either partially or fully submerged in the aquarium

You can grow Lucky bamboo either partially or fully submerged in the aquarium. It is native to Central Africa and isn’t a real bamboo.

Its common names include ribbon dracaena, Sander’s dracaena,

Chinese water bamboo, curly bamboo, Belgian evergreen, Goddess of Mercy’s plant, and ribbon plant.

  • Scientific name: Dracaena sanderiana
  • Family: Asparagus
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

37. Spongeplant

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Spongeplant is a free-floating plant that thoroughly enjoys freshwater

This is a free-floating plant that thoroughly enjoys freshwater.

It arises in Central and South American cities but is now also present in other American states.

Spongeplant forms thick mats all across the water’s surface, offering a pleasant shade.

  • Scientific name: Limnobium laevigatum
  • Family: Hydrocharitaceae
  • Temperature: 39° – 95° F (4° – 35° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 5.0 – 8.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%
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38.Aponogeton Crispus

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Aponogeton Crispus it forms long and wavy leaves that make an appeasing sight, it likes medium to large tanks

The Aponogeton crispus plant likes low-light along with average humidity it forms long and wavy leaves that make an appeasing sight.

It is also called betta bulb at some chain pet stores due to their easy care. It likes medium to large tanks with neutral pH water.

  • Scientific name: Aponogeton Crispus
  • Family: Aponogetonaceae
  • Temperature: 59° – 90° F (15° – 32° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

 

39. Dwarf Hairgrass

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Dwarf Hairgrass is found in freshwater with plenty of light Photo Credit: @naturalenvironmentaquatix Follow on Instagram!

The Dwarf hair grass is found in freshwater with plenty of light.

  • Scientific name: Eleocharis parvula
  • Family: Cyperaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

40. Marsilea Minuta

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Marsilea Minuta makes a good ground cover and grows only a few inches tall

The Marsilea minuta makes a good ground cover and grows only a few inches tall.

  • Scientific name: Marsilea minuta L.
  • Family: Marsileaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

41. Pogostemon Helferi

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Pogostemon Helferi unique plant forming zigzag foliage. It also grows in a blooming pattern that forms an attractive hardscape Photo Credit: @moosh.aquascape Follow on Instagram!

The Pogostemon helferi is a unique plant forming zigzag foliage. It also grows in a blooming pattern that forms an attractive hardscape.

  • Scientific name: Pogostemon helferi
  • Family: Mints
  • Temperature: 75° – 86° F (24° – 30° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

42. Dwarf Sagittaria

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Dwarf Sagittaria it is ideal for mindscapes attaining a maximum height of 4 to 6 inches

This is a low-maintenance plant attaining a maximum height of 4 to 6 inches; therefore, it is ideal for mindscapes.

  • Scientific name: Sagittaria subulata
  • Family: Alismataceae
  • Temperature: 75° – 86° F (24° – 30° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 8.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

43. Echinodorus Ozelot Leopard Green

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Echinodorus Ozelot Leopard Green is another beauty that will enhance your aquarium’s look Photo Credit: @rio_living180 on Instagram!

This Echinodorus Ozelot Leopard Green plant, commonly known as Ozelot sword, is another beauty that will enhance your aquarium’s look.

It grows exceptionally well when planted about 3 – 4 inches (8 – 10 cm) deep in the aquarium susbstrate or gravel.

Ensure that the susbtrare is not too small or large for healthy growth.

  • Scientific name: Echinodorus Ozelot Leopard Green
  • Family: Alismataceae
  • Temperature: 59° – 86° F (15° – 30° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water. Clay-like soil.
  • pH: 5.0 – 7.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

44. Cryptocoryne Lutea

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Cryptocoryne Lutea is an undemanding plant ideal for aquariums beginners

The Cryptocoryne lutea, also called Sri Lanka Crypt, is an undemanding plant ideal for beginners.

Unlike Crypt wendtii, it has slender green foliage that will give your aquarium a neat look.

It manages with pretty much all light levels and substrates.

You may have to prune it from time to time to keep its leaves looking healthy and fresh.

  • Scientific name: Cryptocoryne lutea
  • Family: Arums
  • Temperature: 71.6° – 78.8° F (22° – 26° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.8 – 7.2
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 50% – 80%

 

45. Guppy Grass

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Guppy Grass is ideal hiding spot for shrimp and young fish, especially the guppy fish

It is a nursey plant that grows in dense clumps with thin green foliage.

It forms the ideal hiding spot for shrimp and young fish, especially the guppy fish.

Moreover, it is a fast grower, especially when rooted in a substrate or allowed to float around in the tank.

It prefers low to medium light, 74° – 82° F temperatures, and neutral pH of 6 to 8.

The Guppy grass plant is ideal for protection, decoration, and elimination of excess nitrites from the tank.

  • Scientific name: Najas guadalupensis
  • Family: Hydrocharitaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 8.0
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

46. Pilea Moss

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Pilea Moss grows well as mats in medium to large aquariums Photo Credit: @acuariofiliaenvenezuela on Instagram!

The Pilea moss usually doesn’t adhere to structures, unlike other mosses. It grows well as mats in medium to large aquariums.

  • Scientific name: Monosolenium tenerum
  • Family: Urticaceae
  • Temperature: 75° – 86° F (24° – 30° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 5.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Cool and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

47. Bacopa

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Bacopa famous plant with oblong leaves and ladder-like stems

Bacopa is a famous plant with oblong leaves and ladder-like stems. It varies from greenish-yellow to brown.

  • Scientific name: Bacopa caroliniana
  • Family: Plantaginaceae
  • Temperature: 58° – 90° F (15° – 32° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 5.0 – 9.0
  • Environment: Warm/cool and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

48. Micro Crypt

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Micro Crypt slow-growing plant with long, narrow foliage and ruffled edges  Photo Credit: @thebiigblue on Instagram!

The Micro crypt is a slow-growing plant with long, narrow foliage and ruffled edges.

  • Scientific name: Cryptocoryne Becketti. Thwaites ex
  • Family: Araceae
  • Temperature: 75° – 86° F (24° – 30° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

49. Amazon Frogbit

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Amazon Frogbit has shiny, dark leaves that look wonderful in aquariums

Amazon Frogbit has shiny, dark leaves that look wonderful in aquariums. They offer a spawning refuge for several fish.

It has a moderate care routine, so it will not give you a lot of trouble. Amazon frogbit plant is also called sponge plant in some states.

The plant has rounded or heart-shaped leaves when they are young. As it matures, the Amazon frogbit plant may change its shape slightly.

The plant has a vibrant green appearance with dots in high light levels. In contrast, it turns darker in low light.

The sponge plant name comes from the sponge-like structure of the leaves; they are filled with air, so the leaves often float along the surface.

The Limnobium laevigatum works great with guppies, swordtails, mosquito fish, platys, and mollies.

  • Scientific name: Limnobium laevigatum
  • Family: Hydrocharitaceae
  • Temperature: 74° – 82° F (23.3° – 27.7° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Environment: Warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%

 

50. Arrowheads

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Arrowheads common aquarium plant with grass-like leaves that resembles arrows

It is a common aquarium plant with grass-like leaves that resembles arrows. It removes excess nutrients and makes the tank look clean.

It is ideal for beginners as the arrowheads are pretty easy to manage.

Their bright green appearance forms a wonderful contrast against colorful fish in medium and large-sized tanks.

These plants prefer temperatures ranging from 74° to 78° F and low lighting. You can grow the arrowhead plant close to the substrate.

  • Scientific name: Sagittaria Subulata
  • Family: Water-plantains
  • Temperature: 74° – 78° F (23° – 25° C)
  • Soil: Active substrate, nutrient-rich water.
  • pH: 6.0 – 8.0
  • Environment: Cool/warm and humid
  • Humidity: 60%
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