How to Choose, Buy, Care for And Grow Your Own Aquarium and Pond Plants
Put simply, Aquariums look better when they’re home to live plants.
It truly is bringing a little piece of nature into your home, and can look quite stunning with different colors and hues of foliage swaying in the filter currents. You might even get to enjoy the occasional flower!
Live plants also offer a fantastic opportunity for you to personalize your aquarium(s), to really put your own stamp on how they look and are a great outlet for and way to show off your creativity.
But live plants aren’t only for aesthetics! They bring a great number of benefits to any aquarium lucky enough to have some.
Live plants remove toxins from the water better than any filter, use up carbon dioxide while producing oxygen for any fish or invertebrates, and also provide shelter and hiding places for fish, plus a more natural and exciting place for the fish in your tank to live.
However, being a living thing, plants do require some special care and attention to make sure they not only survive but thrive.
First of all, you need to choose the right plants that will enjoy the water qualities that are necessary for your fish. You need to supply the right substrate for the plants to anchor and root in. They need light, fertilizer, there’s a lot to consider!
In this section of the site, we help you choose the right plants to suit your type of tank, and it’s inhabitants, as well as give care advice and tips on plant health, pruning, growing, combating disease and more.
Introductory Articles to the World of Keeping Live Aquarium Plants
In this section, we have a collection of 4 articles designed to ease you gently into the world of keeping live aquarium plants.
From why you might want to grow plants, to how much work is involved, and a few tips on lighting, water parameters and other areas of care.
Individual Plant Species Profiles, Care Sheets and Guides
And now for our complete range of aquatic plant care sheets, one for each specific species.
In each of the following articles, you will find for each plant: Images and description; required water parameters; lighting requirements; buying advice; compatibility with other plants and fish; how to plant them; how to propagate them…and more besides.
Every article is packed with everything you could possibly want to know on each individual plant, so you can decide if it will fit in with your current tank and it’s inhabitants, and whether you feel you can put in the care needed for such a plant.
Not all plant species can be placed with all fish, and some plants need a lot more care than others…so choose wisely!
The Most Popular Plant Species
First we cover a list of 6 of the most popular plant species we’ve covered, going by the amount of visits each article has received over time.