Growing Java Fern Microsorum pteropus

Growing Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)

Java fern is one of my personal favorite freshwater aquarium plants for many reasons! This particular fern is very easy to care for as it doesn’t need additional carbon dioxide, a strong light, specific substrate, or any extra fertilizers. It’s also one of the only plants that work great with fish that are prone to … Read more

Fishbowl Alternative

Setting Up A Planted Fish Bowl

Because fish bowls, vases and other small containers are not a good home for fish, you may have a few lying around being used as a candy bowl or decorative piece. If you’re looking for something new and aquarium-related to try, setting up a planted aquarium bowl may be a good idea! The lush green plants … Read more

Aquarium Moss

Aquarium Moss

If you’re looking for a versatile, attractive, and almost-carpeting aquarium plant that’s suitable for beginners, chances are you may end up buying a species of moss. While the terrestrial version of this plant may not be regarded as very exciting, aquarium moss has many uses and looks great as a part of almost any aquascape. … Read more

Marimo Moss Balls

Marimo Moss Balls: Care & Info

Aegagropila linnaei, better known as the marimo or moss ball, is a type of algae that grows into green fluffy balls under certain conditions. Marimo moss balls are a popular fish tank choice because of their low-maintenance care, interesting shapes, and ability to also be kept in a bowl or vase.  Keep reading for everything you need … 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

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

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

8 easy aquarium plants

Easy Aquarium Plants You Can Add To Your Tank Today!

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner aquarist without much experience or an expert who’s looking for green without having to worry about upgrading lighting and CO2 installations — everyone needs a hardy, easy-to-care-for aquarium sometimes. Easy plants are decorative, remove nutrients from the water, and provide fish with a place to hide all while … Read more

underwater java moss plant in aquarium

Java Moss (Taxiphyllum Barbieri) Care Sheet

If you’re looking for an attractive, hardy, easy-to-grow aquatic plant to add to your setup, Java moss could be a good species to start with. In this guide, we tell you everything that you need to know about growing and caring for Java moss so that you can get the very best out of this … Read more

Red Tiger Lotus

Red Tiger Lotus (Nymphaea Zenkeri) Care Sheet

If you’re looking for an unusual aquarium plant to use as a centerpiece in your aquarium, you’re in luck. The red tiger lotus is an eye-catcher with its bright red colors and interesting leaf contours. These plants are colorful, easy to care for, fast-growers, and great additions to the planted tank for both those with … Read more

Caring for Dwarf Water Lettuce: lighting, humidity, and supplements

Caring for Dwarf Water Lettuce: Lighting, Humidity, and Supplements

Dwarf water lettuce, scientific name Pistia stratioes, is a member of the arum family of floating aquatic plants that you’ll see in many garden ponds and aquariums. The water lettuce is not only beautiful, but it can make a very beneficial addition to your tank. The plant propagates very rapidly, providing shady areas in the … 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

Anubias Nana Petite

Anubias Nana ‘Petite’ Aquarium Plant Care Sheet

Anubias nana ‘petite’, more formally known as Anubias barteri var. nana ‘petite’, might be one of the most in-demand species of freshwater aquarium plant currently available in the hobby. The small, richly-green leaves of this plant make it a favorite foreground addition for many aquascapers while its undemanding needs equally make it a favorite for beginners! Keep reading to … Read more

hornwort plant inside the aquarium

Hornwort (Ceratophyllum sp.) Care Sheet

Hornwort is one of the easiest freshwater aquarium plants to start off with and is also a favorite among seasoned hobbyists. These fast-growing plants thrive in low tech conditions and can help keep aquariums free of algae. However, their growth rate can become a nuisance and regular pruning will be necessary. Keep reading to find … 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