Fish in a well-planted aquarium can be one of the most enjoyable things in the world. Also, pet fish is one of the best options for people that do not have time for cat or dog. So an aquarium can be grate addition to your home.

However, we've found that many individuals do not realize how useful it is to introduce live plants to their aquariums and what to select. So hang with me I will tell you what you need to get.

Best Aquarium Plants for fish

1. Luckey bamboo

Most people argue that can you put Bamboo in aquarium?  Actually, it depends on the type of Bamboo you use. If you use Lucky Bamboo, you will be ok. Lucky Bamboo is a beautiful plant that gives your tank a touch of elegance. A bamboo planted aquarium can hold almost any fish. Bamboo also very efficiently lowers nitrates, making it common among those who learn how and where to grow it. It will be a gate addition to your tank.

Name of Specie: Dracaena Sanderiana

Propagation: Cuttings from the Plant 

Average Height: 5 – 25 inches 

Native Region: Asia 

Temperatures: 60 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit 

2.Cabomba Plant

Cabomba has been a very popular aquatic plant for countless generations in ponds, tropical fish, and coldwater aquariums. Very easy to maintain and very adaptable for varying water quality and thrives in bright light conditions. The plant is ideal to be used as a background display. 

Name of Specie: Cabomba Caroliniana

Propagation: Cuttings from the Plant 

Average Height: 18 – 22 inches 

Native Region: Central and South America 

Temperatures: 70 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit 

3.Moss balls

Moss balls are becoming forever more popular with today's Aquarists as they greatly contribute towards making stunning underwater world displays  and also serving as a water filter by removing microscopic elements. The algae moss  balls are slow growing around 3 to 5 mm a year and can be propagated easily by cutting  and separating parts of the balls and rolling them around in your hands for a few seconds to form a sphere. Moss Balls are ideal aquatic plants that can be used in the fore-  ground of aquariums, especially in designer aquariums with white marbled pebbles further complimenting them. 

Name of Specie: Cladophora Aegagropila (Moss Balls) 

Propagation: Cut into small pieces 

Average Height: 3 to 4 inches 

Native Region: Europe and Asia 

Temperatures: 38 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit 

4.Cryptocoryne plant (water trumpet)

Cryptocoryne is a beautiful Aquatic Plant species comprising of over 60 family members discovered to date and has been very popular with  Aquarists over the decades. Cryptocoryne (water trumpet) is one of my favourite  aquatic plant species and can look spectacular as background or middle planted displays in an aquarium, especially when complemented with an ornate piece bogwood as part of the landscape. Another similar species is the Aponogeton Family of  Plants, with over 40 varieties from Africa, Asia, and Australia

Name of Specie: Cryptocoryne Undulata

Propagation: Main Plants Produce Runners 

Average Height: 10 to 14 inches 

Native Region: India, Asia, New Guinea 

Temperatures: 70 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit 

5.Rotala plant

Rotala is a beautiful plant with small delicate leaves, and when planted in bunches in an Aquarium, can contribute significantly to make a stunning scene. The aquarium's ideal position for this plant species is towards the back or used in the middle to form plant displays. 

Name of Specie: Rotala Rotundiflolia

Propagation: Cuttings from Main Plant 

Average Height: 18 to 22 inches 

Native Region: Southeast Asia 

Temperatures: 66 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit 

How Plants Benefit Aquariums   

Plants can have many benefits for the aquarium and fish living in it. I can mention a few of the critical factors.

1.Protect fish by ammonia poisoning.

Poisonous ammonia is readily absorbed by plants, even if sufficient nitrogen may be present in the water's substrate or abundant nitrogen. This is because ammonia has a determined and overriding preference for aquatic plants, and that will protect your fish.

2.Protect fish by removing metals

Fish can or may not be directly killed by heavy metals, but they may hinder reproduction and reduce appetite, leading the fish to succumb to illness ultimately. Plants readily take up significant quantities of 'heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, copper and zinc from the water. The decomposition of plants also produces humic compounds which bind and detoxify metals.

3.Control algae.

Both in nature or aquariums, healthy plant growth seems to prevent algae. It is not clear how plants do this. However, plants produce and release a wide range of allelochemicals that are moderately toxic to algae

4.Increase biological activity within the tank.

Most microorganisms do not live freely in the water (bacteria, protozoa) but live attached to surfaces. Plans can be a good surface for them.

Pro tips

  • Designing a beautiful and easily maintained aquarium poses few problems if you stick with a few simple rules. First, limit yourself to a single habitat type. Don't try to mix fish with divergent water requirements in the same aquarium.
  • Stock only one to three species of plants per twenty gallons of water to achieve a natural look. Avoid creating a "botanical display case" in your aquarium. 
  • Because much of your success depends upon the quality of fish and plants you purchase, spend some time investigating the dealers in your area to find the best specimens possible.
  • Take care of transporting them home and acclimating them to your aquarium. Ideally, set up a quarantine tank and hold each new specimen for two weeks before transferring it to the display aquarium. 

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