5 Easy to Care Aquarium Plants

Today let us look at some aquarium plants which are easy to maintain and grow.

There is quite a long list of easy to care aquarium plants. If I start talking about the whole list, then I may have to dedicate a whole website to this topic only. I don’t feel like doing that and at the same time you may get bored.

This is a hobby which me and you enjoy so why not enjoy it by learning bit by bit. So today let us look at only five of easy to care aquarium plants.

Water Wisteria

This is very easy to care for plant. You can call it an unproblematic aquarium plant. It also is a fast-growing plant.

Water Wisteria

Scientific name:

Water Wisteria is one of the easiest plants to take care of. It’s scientific name is hygrophila difformis. It belongs to Acanthaceae family.

This plant is good for middle or background of the aquarium.

Origins of the plant:

Water Wisteria is native to Indian subcontinent. It is seen mainly during monsoon season. It is found mainly in the shallow waters of marshland.

Physical appearance:

This plant grows to maximum size of about 50 cm or 20 inches tall and approximately 20 centimeters or 8 inches wide. When planting in the aquarium make sure there is enough space between plants for it to grow.

Substrate

Water Wisteria will grow in almost any substrate but it grows better in fine gravel. Ideally sandy substrate is best for it.

Water condition

This plant likes the water temperature between 21 and 28 degrees Celsius (70 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit). The ideal PH for this plant is neutral. Meaning it thrives in PH of 6.5 to 7.5. It likes soft to moderately hard water (2-8 KH).

Lighting

Water Wisteria will flourish well in moderate to high lighting conditions.

Amazon Sword

Amazon Sword

Scientific name:

Scientific name for Amazon Sword is Echinodorus grisebachii.

Origins of the plant:

Amazon Sword is native to amazon basin but now a days it is cultivated in the farms around the world.

Physical appearance:

This plant grows to maximum size of about 50 cm or 20 inches tall. This plant is suited for larger tanks.

Substrate

Amazon Sword will grow better in small grain gravel. It will also thrive in loose substrate or specialty planting substrate.

Water condition

This plant likes the water temperature between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius (72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit). The ideal PH for this plant is neutral. Meaning it thrives in PH of 6.5 to 7.5. It likes soft to moderately hard water (2-8 KH).

Lighting

Amazon Sword will grow in mild to moderate lighting conditions.

African Water Fern

African Water Fern

Scientific name:

Scientific name for African Water Fern is Bolbitis heudelotii. It is also referred to as Congo Fern.

Origins of the plant:

African Water Fern is native to tropical and subtropical Africa. This plant is true aquatic plant.

Physical appearance:

This plant grows to maximum size of about 15 to 40 cm or 6 to 16 inches tall. It can grow up to 25 cm (10 inches) wide. It is a slow growing plant.

Substrate

African Water Fern grows best when attached to a wood. This plant must be fully submerged in the water.

Water condition

This plant likes the water temperature between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit). The ideal PH for this plant is neutral. Meaning it thrives in PH of 6.5 to 7.5. It likes soft to moderately hard water (2-8 KH).

Lighting

This plant thrives in wide range of light levels.

Hornwort

Hornwort

Scientific name:

Scientific name for Hornwort is Ceratophyllum Demersum.

Origins of the plant:

Hornwort is one of the easiest plants to care for. It has originated in North America. It has grown easily and spread across all continents of the world except Antarctica.

Physical appearance:

This plant grows to maximum size of about 15 to 40 cm or 6 to 16 inches tall. It can grow up to 25 cm (10 inches) wide. It is a slow growing plant.

Substrate

Hornwort can be rooted in the substrate or can be left as floating plant in the aquarium. You can use it whatever suits your décor.

Water condition

This plant likes the water temperature between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius (59 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). The ideal PH for this plant is neutral. Meaning it thrives in PH of 6 to 7.5. It likes soft to moderately hard water (2-8 KH).

Lighting

Hornwort likes moderate to high lighting. Make sure the tank water is clear so the light can penetrate to the plant easily.

Dwarf Lily

Scientific name:

Scientific name for Dwarf Lily is Nymphaea stellata

Origins of the plant:

Dwarf Lily seems to be native to areas from Afghanistan to Indian subcontinent to Taiwan, South East Asia and Australia.

Physical appearance:

Growth of this plant depends on the depth of the aquarium. They do send shoots of leaves to the surface of the aquarium. These should be cut near its origin else in due time these shoots will cover the surface of the aquarium causing to block the light going to the depths of the aquarium. That will kill the plants there.

Substrate

Dwarf Lily is usually sold as a bulb with one or may be two leaves. It is supposed to be planted in the substrate half way only. Otherwise the plant will die.

Water condition

This plant likes the water temperature between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius (71 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit). The ideal PH for this plant is neutral.

Lighting

Dwarf lily grows in wide variety of light conditions. It can be grown in low light but grows faster and bigger in higher light condition.

General Note:

These were the five plants which are very easy to take care of. I appreciate you reading thru the article. If you have any question or comment please let me know below. 

6 thoughts on “5 Easy to Care Aquarium Plants”

  1. Hey Azim, This is a very informative article, and If I decide to have an aquarium one day then I can feel confident in knowing what kinds of aquatic plants to get. I like how you give details about each plant and how to care for it.

    Keep up the great works

  2. Your article has given me the impulse to start my own aquarium with the plants you recommend, but I don’t have any idea how to start? Could you provide some basic aquarium starting tips for someone like me who has no knowledge of how to get started, I am sure there are others after reading your article is interested in starting an aquarium with these plants as well

    Jeff

    1. Hi Jeff,

      Appreciate your input and yes I am thinking about writing a blog on how to start a basic aquarium. Today I am hoping to publish a post about the best fish for the aquarium.

      Regards,
      Azim

  3. Hi Azim, I wish I’d had your article when I first started trying to keep fish in a planted aquarium several years ago. I wouldn’t have had so many issues with trying to grow plants in the wrong light levels and had to revert to plastic plants and then gave up fish completely.

    You’ve inspired me to try again, now I just need to decide on the fish – do you have any recommendations for easy fish to start with in a beginner planted aquarium?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for your encouraging comment. To answer your question, yes actually I am just finishing next post about the best aquarium fish. Hoping to publish it sometime today.

      Thanks,
      Azim

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