surprising benefits of aquarium plants

12 Surprising Facts About Aquatic Plants’ Benefits

Many aquarists love aquatic plants for their aesthetic appeal. I think there’s nothing more beautiful and relaxing than a display of vibrant green foliage gently swaying in the current while brightly colored fish dart between the waving fronds. But plants are not just gorgeous to look at; they play a vital role in creating a … Read more

plants for betta fish

10 Plants for Betta Fish: Creating a Beautiful Habitat

Betta fish are straightforward to care for, colorful, glamorous, and full of personality, so it’s no wonder they make such great pets for aquarists! In fact, second to goldfish, bettas are the world’s number one fishy friend. In the betta’s natural habitat, the water bodies are heavily vegetated, providing shelter, protection from predators, and offering … Read more

black spots on aquarium plants

What Are the Black Spots on Aquarium Plants? (FAQs)

If you’ve discovered some black spots on your live plants, you may be concerned that there’s a problem to be addressed. In many cases, you’d be right. Black patches growing on aquarium plants is often due to ‘black beard algae’, a problematic type of algae that can overwhelm your aquarium if not dealt with urgently. … Read more

Spider Plants in Aquarium

Spider Plants in Aquariums – How To Ensure That They Thrive

Almost every college dorm windowsill or student apartment has at least one spider plant; mine certainly did! Spider plants are easy to grow and very adaptable, happily growing in a wide range of conditions and environments. But can you grow a spider plant in your home aquarium? The answer is yes, with a few caveats, … Read more

Best Plants for Shrimp

The Best Plants for Shrimp Tanks: A Complete Guide

Whether adding shrimp to an existing aquarium or starting a nano shrimp tank, you must ensure the shrimp you keep have the right environment. No ideal shrimp environment would be complete without aquatic plants. If you’re looking for the best plants for shrimp tanks, you have come to the right place. Keep reading to learn … Read more

red aquarium plants

17 Beautiful Red Aquarium Plants for Every Home Tank

Living aquatic plants are an excellent addition to any freshwater aquarium. The plants take nitrates from the water to use as fertilizer; they absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen through photosynthesis, providing shelter and spawning grounds for fish. Green plants look beautiful in any aquascape, but red aquarium plants add something special to the … Read more

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