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

Caring For and Removing Bubble Algae

Caring For and Removing Bubble Algae

Bubble algae, the scientific name Ventricaria ventricosa, is also known by its common names “sea pearl” and “sailor’s eyeballs.” In a wild environment, the species is widespread and is often found on mangrove roots and attached to living rock. This form of algae is also an unsightly nuisance that can find its way into reef … Read more

How to care for Hygrophila in your aquarium

How to care for Hygrophila in your aquarium

Living aquarium plants give an aesthetic appeal to your setup, as well as providing hiding and spawning places for fish and helping to improve water quality by removing waste products and oxygenating the tank. In this guide, we take a look at some of the tropical aquarium plant species in the popular Hygrophila family. These … Read more


Growing Bucephalandra | Bucephalandra care & info

There are few plants that captivate aquarists like Bucephalandra seems to. This slow grower is available in many different types, each with its own leaf shape, size, and color. All species look great in an aquarium, require similar care, and can be grown by anyone with knowledge of their requirements (and a bit of patience). … Read more

hydrocotyle leucocephala

Growing Hydrocotyle leucocephala (Brazilian pennywort)

Hydrocotyle leucocephala, also known as Brazilian pennywort, is one of the most popular aquarium plants in the hobby. That’s no coincidence: this plant is cheap, grows like a weed and adds a great pop of green to your tank. Its easy care makes it a great choice for beginners. Keep reading for everything you need … Read more

echinodorus bleheri

Growing Amazon Sword (Echinodorus bleheri)

Amazon sword is a common name for multiple plant species in the Echinodorus genus, like Echinodorus bleheri and Echinodorus amazonicus. These lush, green rosette plants are among the most popular aquarium plants because they are very easy to grow, even for beginners. Keep reading for everything you need to know about Amazon sword care and … Read more

glass aquarium plant pot review

Review: Glass aquarium plant cup!

What’s an aquarium plant cup? As you can see in the photo above, an aquarium plant cup is exactly what the name suggests. These little planters have suction cups that allow you to place them anywhere in the aquarium. That means they’re a great option if you don’t want to limit the green to the … 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

hydrocotyle verticillata

Growing Hydrocotyle verticillata (whorled pennywort)

Hydrocotyle verticillata is a member of the pennywort family that’s appreciated by planted aquarium lovers for its interesting shape and growth pattern. Unlike most other Hydrocotyle varieties, Hydrocotyle verticillata is a creeping plant that should stay relatively low when provided with enough light, making it almost resemble a field of clovers or mushrooms in the … Read more