Best freshwater plants for beginners

If you’ve never looked at a planted tank before, you’d probably be surprised at just how vibrant and lively the aquarium seems to be.

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here’s a list of the top 10 freshwater aquarium plants that are nearly impossible to kill, and grow quickly in most every kind of water.

Lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo is an easy-to-care-for houseplant that grows well in low, indirect light and water . This plant, which isn’t really bamboo at all, but instead is a type of tropical water lily called Dracaena sanderiana, is from Africa and is said to bring good luck and good fortune to the inhabitants of any space where it is grown. your lucky bamboo will be healthy and thrive – making you lucky to boot!

Money Plant

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Money plant ( pothos ) is one of few plants which can be directly rooted in water and may be this is the reason of its popularity among naive gardeners. Below is the step by step information of rooting money plant vine in the water.

Water Cabbage, Water Lettuce

It is a perennial monocotyledon with thick, soft leaves that form a rosette. It floats on the surface of the water, its roots hanging submersed beneath floating leaves. The leaves can be up to 14 cm long and have no stem.

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Water lettuce is often used in tropical aquariums to provide cover for fry and small fish. It is also helpful as it outcompetes algae for nutrients in the water, thereby preventing massive algal blooms.

JAVA MOSS

Java Moss is one of the most common plants in a tank. It’s low-maintenance, difficult to kill, and grows quickly.

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If you attach it to a rock, it’ll crawl over the surface of your tank. it has been known to float, so it’s best advised to attach it to something to prevent any float-away.

Appearance: Low, carpetlike growth pattern. Appears ‘fuzzy’.
Water Preferences: Tolerates anything between 72-90 degrees Farenheight. Growth is fastest around 73 degrees.
Lighting Preferences: Grows well in any lighting. However, growth is fastest in medium-high lighting conditions.
Uses: Decoration, substrate covering and stabilization, carpeting, protection, and breeding of certain types of fish.

DWARF BABY TEARS

These are my most favorite carpeting plant. It’s tough, hard-working, and a healthy carpet of DBT looks beautiful in many of the common aquascaping styles.

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As a bonus, if they’re producing oxygen, Dwarf Baby Tears have beautiful little bubbles that form on their leaves.

Appearance: Low, carpetlike growth pattern. Healthy carpets of DBT are thick and vibrant.
Water Preferences: Tolerates anything between 72-85 degrees Farenheight. Growth is fastest around 73-75 degrees.
Lighting Preferences: Grows best in bright lighting conditions, thought amount of light affects growth patterns. Brighter light means more compact growth.
Uses: Decoration, substrate covering and stabilization, carpeting, and protection.

AMAZON SWORD

The Amazon Sword is the staple of most aquascapes. It’s easy to maintain, fast-growing, and can be quite beautiful when arranged in the appropriate area.

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Note that these can grow quite big (up to 20 inches), so they’re most often planted in the mid-background area.

Appearance: Large swordlike leaves
Water Preferences: Grows best in water that’s 72-82 degrees Farenheight.
Lighting Preferences:Growth is optimal in medium lighting.
Uses:Background decoration, hiding plumbing and hardware, and protection.

JAVA FERN

Java Fern is very a very low maintenance plant, and has a unique look that appeals to most aquascapers.

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Its biggest benefit is its ability to be planted in nearly any area of the aquarium without distracting from the hardscape. It also looks quite good!

Appearance: Semi-striped, thick leaves. Appears in bunches.
Water Preferences: Grows best in water that’s 72-78 degrees Farenheight.
**Lighting Preferences:**Growth is optimal in low-medium lighting.
**Uses:**Decoration and protection.