Live Aquarium Plants are an integral part of most aquariums and provide countless advantages. Live water plants help keep the water clean, remove carbon dioxide, and supply the oxygen required. Additionally, the green foliage makes for a great hiding place and breeding ground for the fishes while inhibiting algae's growth. Finally, they contribute to the beauty and the attractiveness of the whole setup.
Easy to grow live plants are available
Given all the above advantages, we still find that most aquarium owners prefer plastic plants over live ones. The main misconception here is that live plants are hard to grow and manage. Several water plant species make great Live Aquarium Plants, and not all require as much effort and upkeep as most people think. Many live water plants are hardy and easy to grow. Most of these grow in all kinds of waters and are compatible with most common aquarium fish. Listed below are some commonly purchased options:
Java Moss for aqua-sculpting
Java Moss is perhaps one of the most widely used live aquatic plants. It is compatible with a variety of waters and is almost impossible to kill. It grows in both bright and low-light conditions and is safe for any fish species. It requires minimum upkeep and can be used for the aquarium floor, and even attaches itself to objects. Therefore it can be grown on rocks and aquarium decorations and is also suitable for aqua-sculpting.
Java Fern ideal for beginners
Another easy to grow aquatic plant is the Java Fern. This plant is hardy and suitable for most temperature and water conditions. If planted correctly, after it reaches a certain growth-level, it is almost impossible to kill. The java fern can float and can also be used as a mid-level flora in your tank. This plant attaches itself to objects and grows well on rocks and other decorative structures. Various types of java fern are available.
Amazon Sword for a tropical look
Amazon Sword is another easy to maintain aquarium plant. This plant is ideal for tropical tanks where the temperature is on the higher side. They can be used as backgrounds, and their unique structure makes them great centerpieces too. They survive most loosely packed soils, mainly gravel. This plant is available in vibrant green and red colors.
Hornworts are beneficial in several ways
Hornwort is another one of the non-complicated Live Aquarium Plants and is excellent with many fishes. It is an amazingly tolerant plant and is suitable for most water types. It is also favorable for most fishes and is beneficial for surface-dwelling fishes, as food for herbivorous fishes, and shelter for eggs and fry. Some fish feed on the shrimp and snails that grow on the hornworts.