Top Freshwater Aquarium Plants: Tops Plants To Put In An Aquarium

By Mary H. Dyer | August 22, 2020
Image by Foto_by_M
by Mary H. Dyer
August 22, 2020

Aquarium supply stores offer a huge variety of beautiful aquatic plants and many are easy to grow, even for newbies. Are you wondering what plants to put in an aquarium? If you’re a beginner, or even if you aren’t, here are great aquatic plants for fish tanks.

Top Freshwater Aquarium Plants

What are the best lush plants for aquariums? Here’s a rundown of the top beginner aquarium plants for aquascapes:

  • Java moss – Java moss is one of the easiest plants for aquariums, but it’s best to attach it to driftwood or another stable object to keep it from floating. This fast-growing plant needs low to moderate light.
  • Java fern – Java fern, with long, green leaves, is easy to grow. Just attach it to a rock or other object and be careful not to bury the rhizome. 
  • Aquarium lilies – Dwarf aquarium lily is an easy, fast-growing plant that needs low to moderate light. Be sure to place the bulb with half above the substrate. 
  • African water fernAfrican water fern is a slow-growing plant, but once established, it’s easy to grow and looks lovely anchored to a rock. It needs high light levels.
  • Bunch plant – Water wisteria, also known as bunch plant, is an easy, fast-growing plant that needs low to moderate light. The interesting, lacy leaves add texture and interest to the aquarium. Water wisteria is easy to propagate. Just take a cutting of the stem and bury it in the substrate.
  • HornwortHornwort is an attractive plant that will float on the surface. Allow plenty of space, as it is a large plant that can grow up to 24 inches (60 cm.). Hornwort is easy to propagate; just snip a piece of stem and let it float or poke an end into the substrate.
  • Amazon sword – Amazon sword is a large plant with lance shaped leaves and a moderate growth rate. This easy-to-grow plant can reach lengths of 20 inches (50 cm.) and isn’t a good choice for a small tank.
  • Anubia – Anubias is one of the best beginner aquarium plants. Put it in a shady corner of the tank, then anchor it to a rock or driftwood. Be sure the rhizome remains above the substrate, or the plant will rot.
Tell us what you think: Leave a comment
4 people are already talking about this.
This article was last updated on
Read more about Top of the Crop
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

Get our latest eBook, “Bring Your Garden Indoors: 13 DIY Projects for the Fall and Winter”

As the seasons change, it’s time to think about bringing your garden indoors. From creating an indoor garden to using natural decor for your holiday decorations, our latest eBook features 13 of our favorite DIY projects for the whole family.

 Happy holidays from all of us at Gardening Know How.

  • Aquatic Warehouse
    Comment added March 26, 2021Reply

    Freshwater planted aquariums begin as straightforward tanks of water into which sea-going life is put with the objective of establishing a definitive oceanic climate. Some additional consideration and tolerance at the outset will go far toward making a solid and issue free aquarium for quite a long time to come.

  • Aquatic Warehouse
    Comment added March 26, 2021Reply

    Freshwater Aquarium are used by fish for any number of things, including safety, comfort, food, and reproduction, so they’re vital to any healthy aquarium environment.

  • Allen Solly
    Comment added September 14, 2020Reply

    Your info based article is as always good. You Can go and check off my site for in detail.

  • Dimpy
    Comment added August 29, 2020Reply

    Hello Admin
    Your blog is providing us useful information. I want to draw your attention toward a wonderful article based on “How to Plant a Flower Garden?” Go ahead and check more information at

Leave a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!