Red Stem Plants

9 Red Stem Plants: Your Aquarium’s Most Colorful Addition

Red aquatic plants can make a beautiful visual display in your fish tank, adding a bold splash of color to your aquascape that contrasts perfectly with the green leaves of your other planting. However, red aquarium plants are notoriously difficult to grow and maintain successfully, but there are a few species that beginners can take … Read more

Carpet Plants

11 Best Aquarium Carpet Plants for Your Tank

Aquatic plants make a beautiful addition to almost every tropical freshwater fish tank. Carpeting plants can fill in the aquarium’s foreground, adding a lush green, lawn-like carpet that provides shelter for shy fish and vulnerable fry. Some carpet plants also create glittering oxygen bubbles when you give them plenty of light and CO2. You’ll need … Read more

Best Pond Plants

18 Best Pond Plants To Keep Your Ecosystem Healthy

You might think that fish are the best part of having a backyard pond, but the endless species of aquatic plants available really puts the entire ecosystem into focus! Plants are important for pond setups. They provide food and protection for fish, improve water quality, and can even help combat erosion. Luckily, many species require … Read more

Best Plants For Nitrate Removal

The Best Plants For Nitrate Removal

You may have heard that live plants are great to add to your freshwater aquarium to help with algae problems. But why? Plants take up nutrients, like nitrate, from the water to grow. Not only does this nitrate reduction method help reduce the number of excess nutrients in the aquarium water column, but it eventually … Read more

What Do Shrimp Eat

What Do Shrimp Eat? Plants and Proteins They Need In Their Diet

Marine and freshwater shrimp are becoming an extremely popular addition to many home aquariums. These peaceful little creatures are not only fascinating to watch as they scurry around the tank in their endless search for food, but they also make a great clean-up crew, helping to keep your tank tidy. So, shrimp are well-known for … Read more

Coontail Plants: How This Plant Can Benefit Your Aquarium

Coontail Plants: How This Plant Can Benefit Your Aquarium

Live plants have many benefits for the home aquarium and its community. Plants help to oxygenate the water, provide shelter for fish and fry, and create a natural-looking environment that’s aesthetically pleasing. There are many aquatic plants to choose from, including coontail, which is one of the easiest freshwater plants that you can grow in … Read more

Low light aquarium plants

9 Most Useful Low Light Aquarium Plants

If you’ve been in the aquarium hobby for a while, you’ll know that all aquarium plants need a source of light to grow and thrive. Not all plants are equal in their lighting needs, though: some need more than others while some not so much. Looking to set up a low tech aquarium with beautiful … Read more

Hardy Plants for Brackish Aquarium

7 Hardy Plants For A Brackish Aquarium

Some of the most popular species in the aquarium hobby, such as bumblebee gobies, are actually not freshwater fish but require a brackish tank. If you want to set up an aquarium for one of these species one thing you’ll need to think about is plants: most aquarium plants don’t appreciate being exposed to salt … Read more

Background Aquarium Plants

7 Beautiful Background Aquarium Plants

When setting up a planted aquarium, one of the best ways to achieve a balanced, natural look is to create depth using foreground and background plants. Foreground plants are low and usually don’t stand out too much, while background plants are tall and can be much more extravagant.¬† Keep reading for a list of beautiful¬†background … Read more

Nano Planted Tank

Nano Planted Tank: 6 Tiny Aquarium Plants!

A nano planted aquarium can be a great option for anyone short on space and money or if you’re just looking for a different kind of challenge. Despite their small size, they can still look just as lush as larger aquascapes and really brighten up a room. When setting up your nano aquascape you may run … Read more

Fast-Growing Aquarium Plants

7 Fast Growing Aquarium Plants!

There are plenty of reasons to want to go for fast growing live plants in your aquarium. Some fish love to nibble on plants, so it’s a great idea to grow them separately to add some variety to their diet. Fast growers compete with algae, are usually relatively easy to care for and can really … Read more

Floating Aquarium Plants

Floating Aquarium Plants | Benefits & Types

Floating aquarium plants, often with long decorative roots, are popular in many types of aquarium setups and for good reason! There are many advantages to keeping floating plants in your planted aquarium; although they may not always be ideally kept with plant species that require a lot of light, they are a great addition to almost … Read more

Coldwater Aquarium Plants

10 Easy Coldwater Aquarium Plants

Let’s be honest: tropical fish tanks can be a hassle. Sometimes, a busy life gets in the way of the maintenance they require, and that leads to a crumbling ecosystem and, unfortunately, dead fish. But a nice, lush aquarium can be a beautiful addition to your home. What to do… Well, you could always consider … Read more

aquarium plants

Plastic and silk aquarium plants: pros and cons!

Although I will personally always be a live plant lover, there are many reasons to go for plastic or silk plants in an aquarium. They can’t accidentally be killed, they can’t be eaten by hungry fish and they definitely don’t have to look bad. So what are the pros and cons of artificial plants? If … Read more

java fern

Tying aquatic plants to wood or rock

Most aquatic plants should be planted with their roots in the substrate just like regular plants – however, there are a few exceptions. Some of the most popular aquarium plants, like Java fern and Anubias varieties, should actually be tied to rock or driftwood. When planted in the substrate, they will grow very slowly or … Read more