5 Great Low Light Aquarium Plants For Your New Tank

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Aquariums are a great way to add life and color to virtually any room in your home or office. Unless you are an expert on freshwater aquariums, it is a good idea to stick to easy, or low light aquarium plants until you gain more experience. These plants do not require any care specific to them, allowing you to focus on your new aquatic pals.

1. Java Moss

Java Moss

This fluffy green plant looks and feels like some types of moss found in forests. It spreads along the tank bottom but can begin to climb the sides or other decorations. Redirect it in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Some small species of fish prefer this plant for laying their eggs.

2. Anubias Nana Petite On Driftwood

Anubias Nana Petite

This hardy plant hails from the jungle streams in Africa and are capable of adapting to a wide range of conditions and still thrive. It should be trimmed regularly to keep growth balanced and visually pleasing. You can also find the plant and driftwood separately because the plant naturally attaches to the natural wood. It is characterized by several broad leaves.

3. Java Ferns

Java Ferns

This plant attaches to wood or rocks with a large tangled root mass that keeps it securely anchored. Several dark green leaves grow out, shooting up eventually as far as the tank size allows. Some species of the fern have slightly different leaf structures, including short and wide. It reproduces by releasing little fernlets which take root elsewhere, providing you with more plants down the line.

4. Vallisneria


This tall plant is great for creating a lush background in your tank. Small fish and invertebrates will enjoy the hiding places it provides. It is important that you maintain control over the growth of these plants or you could end up with an abundance of them. This is because it grows by sending out runners, similar to some types of grass. These extensions will then begin to sprout up new grasses. With the corkscrew vals, the leaves grow in an exotic spiral design.

5. Cryptocoryne


Often just called Crypts, this family of plants is available in more than just green, making it a popular choice for many. The reds and bronzes that color some species can help to break up the visual image your plants are supposed to create. They are easy to grow and will not attempt to overpower your other plants. Be cautioned though that they might need time to transition. Occasionally, newly moved plants will die back and then regrow with renewed vigor.

One of the reasons that all of these plants are great for beginner aquarium enthusiasts is because they require minimal care. However, you can improve the appearance of your plants by using certain supplements. For instance, root tabs or flourite can benefit rooted plant growth.

Enjoy your low light aquarium plants and the fish you choose for your aquarium as well. The selection laid out here will give you sufficient plants to provide an inviting atmosphere for the fish and visual stimulation for you and others. Enjoy!

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