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 luckly 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 short selection of articles to ease you gently into the world of keeping live aquarium plants. From why you might want to, to how much work is involved, and a few tips on lighting, water parameters and other areas of care.
- The Benefits of Keeping Live Plants in an Aquarium – To you and Your Fish
- Think You Want To Start Keeping Live Aquatic Plants? Here’s What it Takes!
- Water Quality, Nutrients, CO2 and General Care for Planted Aquariums
- Planted Aquarium Lighting Guide – What Type, How Much and How Long?
Some Recommended Plants for Different Uses and Level of Expertise
In this section, we take a detailed look at different collections of plants: From floating to rooted, to those that flower and those that don’t, with lists for beginners, low light tanks and more.
- Best Aquarium Plants for Beginners – Easy Care, Striking Beauty!
- Best Floating Aquarium Plants – Buying Guide and Recommendations
- Best Low Light Aquarium Plants – Easy Care, No Expensive Lighting!
- Best Plants for Goldfish Tanks and Aquariums
- Best Plants for Betta Fish Tanks and Aquariums
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 alphabetical order:
- Amazon Frogbit
- Amazon Sword
- Anubias Nana
- Hygrophila Corymbosa
- Java Fern
- Java Moss
- Parrot Feather