Selecting aquarium plants

Aquarium plants selection

Growth rates you can divide plants on the two groups fast and slow growing. Planting aquatic plants in a new set-up – consider how fast plants will start fully growing or shoot its roots. If you have more fast growing plants and just a little slow growing it will use huge amounts of nutrients soon. This may cause defiancies for a slower growing plants. For example, if you would like to grow slow growing plants like dwarf hairgrass, you need to plant it earlier or even grow emersed with minimum level of the water. After your slower growing plants are established you may introduce to your aquarium fast growing plants.

Planting areas a good balance of foreground, midground, and background plants, plus floating plants if you wish is important. Be aware that plants are sold in many differents stadiums of growth and it may grow much bigger, so try to not plant huge and very fast growing plants on the forground. Midground aquatic plants should be species that can handle regular trimming without suffering any long-term damage like star grass(heteranthera zesterifolia).

Leaf shape and color do you want interesting and contrasting display? Or rather green container of plants as a planted aquarium? Choose plants with different and interesting leaves and colors. Find out how they grow in the aquarium or in their natural habitat. This knowledge will help you to understand two things. How the plant will behave and what it will like. While selecting shape and color of the plants consider also how much lights it needs. Choose a good spots for each plants, to grow them nice.

Background aquarium plants

Alternanthera reineckii, Ammannia gracilis, Anubias barteri var. barteri, Anubias congensis, Aponogeton ulvaceus,

Bacopa caroliniana, Bardaya longifolia, Blyxa echinosperma, Bolbitis heudelotii,

Cabomba aquatica, Cabomba caroliniana, Cabomba piauhyensis, Ceratophyllum demersum, Ceratophyllum submersum, Ceratopteris cornuta, Crinum natans, Crinum thaianum, Cryptocoryne balansae, Cryptocoryne undulata, Cryptocoryne wendtii,

Echinodorus amazonicus, Echinodorus bleheri, Echinodorus cordifolius, Echinodorus grandiftorus, Echinodorus horemanii, Echinodorus macrophyllus, Echinodorus major, Echinodorus osiris, Echinodorus parviftorus, Echinodorus uruguayensis, Egeria densa, Eichhornia azurea, Elodea canadensis, Eusteralis stellata, Gymnocoronis spilanthoides,

Heteranthera zosterifolia, Hygrophila corymbosa, Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Crispa’, Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Glabra’, Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Gracilis’, Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Strigosa’, Hygrophila difformis 4*, Hygrophila guianensis, Hygrophila polysperma, Hygrophila stricta,

Limnophila aquatica, Limnophila indica, Limnophila sessiliflora, Ludwigia arcuata, Ludwigia brevipes, Ludwigia glandulosa, Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia palustris,

Microsorium pteropus, Myriophyllum aquaticum, Myriophyllum hippuroides, Myriophyllum scabratum, Myriophyllum tuberculatum, Najas indica, Nesaea crassicaulis, Nuphar japónica, Nymphaea lotus, Nymphaea lotus var. rubra,

 Potamogetón crispus, Potamogetón gayii, Rotala macrandra, Rotala rotundifolia, Roíala wallichii, Sagittaria subulata, Shinnersia rivularis, Spathiphyllum wallisii, Vallisneria americana, Vallisneria asiatica var. Biwaensis.

Midground aquarium plants

Alternanthera reineckii, Ammannia gracilis, Anubias angustifolia ‘Afzelii’, Anubias barteri var. barteri, Anubias gracilis, Anubias lanceolata, Aponogeton boivinianus, Aponogeton crispus, Aponogeton elongatus, Aponogeton madagascariensis, Aponogeton ulvaceus, Aponogeton undulatus,

Bacopa caroliniana, Bacopa monnieri, Bacopa rotundifolia, Bardaya longifolia, Blyxa echinosperma, Blyxa japónica, Bolbitis heudelotii, Cardamine lyrata, Ceratophyllum demersum, Ceratophyllum submersum,

Cryptocoryne affinis,Cryptocoryne albida, Cryptocoryne balansae, Cryptocoryne beckettii, Cryptocoryne ciliata, Cryptocoryne cordata, Cryptocoryne lutea, Cryptocoryne moehlmannii, Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia, Cryptocoryne undulata, Cryptocoryne walkeri, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Didiplis diandra, Echinodorus amazonicus, Echinodorus cordifolius, Echinodorus horemanii, Echinodorus opacus, Echinodorus osiris, Echinodorus pan/iflorus, Echinodorus quadricostatus var. xinguensis,

Echinodorus uruguayensis, Egeria densa, Eichhornia azurea, Eleocharis acicularis, Eleocharis pan/ula, Eleocharis vivípara, Eusteralis stellata, Fontinalis antipyretica, Gymnocoronis spilanthoides,

Hemianthus micranthemoides, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, Hydrocotyle verticillata, Hygrophila corymbosa, Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Glabra’, Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Strigos, Hygrophila guianensis, Hygrophila stricta,

Lagarosiphon major, Limnophila indica, Limnophila sessiliflora, Lobelia cardinalis, Ludwigia arcuata, Ludwigia brevipes, Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia palustris, Lysimachia nummularia,

 Microsoríum pteropus, Myriophyllum aquaticum, Myriophyllum hippuroides, Myriophyllum scabratum, Myriophyllum tuberculatum,

Najas indica ,Nuphar japónica, Nymphaea lotus, Nymphaea lotus var. rubra, Nymphaea stellata, Nymphoides aquatica, Potamogetón crispus,

Potamogetón gayii, Potamogetón mascarensis,

Rotala macrandra, Roíala rotundifolia, Rotala wallichii,

Sagittaria platyphylla, Sagittaria subulata, Saururus cernuus, Shinnersia rivularis, Spathiphyllum wallisii, Vallisneria americana, Vallisneria tortifolia.

Foreground aquarium plants

Anubias angustifolia ‘Afzelii’, Anubias barteri var. nana, Anubias gracilis, Anubias lanceolata, Aponogeton crispus, Aponogeton madagascariensis, Aponogeton undulatus,

Bacopa monnieri, Bacopa rotundifolia, Blyxa japónica, Cardamine lyrata, Cryptocoryne albida, Cryptocoryne affinis, Cryptocoryne balansae, Cryptocoryne beckettii, Cryptocoryne ciliata Cryptocoryne cordata, Cryptocoryne lútea, Cryptocoryne moehlmannii, Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia, Cryptocoryne siamensis, Cryptocoryne undulata, Cryptocoryne walked, Cryptocoryne willisii, Didiplis diandra,

Echinodorus bolivianus, Echinodorus opacus, Echinodorus quadricostatus var. xinguensis, Echinodorus tenellus, Eleocharis acicularis, Eleocharis párvula, Eleocharis vivípara, Eusteralis stellata, Fontinalis antipyretica, Glossostigma elatinoides, Hemianthus callitrichoides, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, Hydrocotyle verticillata Lagarosiphon major, Lilaeopsis novae-zelahdiae, Lobelia cardinalis, Lysimachia nummularia, Marsilea hirsuta, Micranthemum umbrosum, Nymphoides aquatica, Potamogetón mascarensis, Sagittaria platyphylla, Sagittaria pusilla, Samolus valerandi, Saururus cernuus.

Floating aquarium plants

Azolla caroliniana, Azolla filicuhides,

Ceratophyllum demersum, Ceratophyllum submersum, Ceratopteris cornuta,

Eichhornia crassipes, Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Lemna minor, Lemna trisulca, Limnobium laevigatum, Ludwigia helminthorrhiza, Micranthemum umbrosum, Najas indica, Nymphoides aquatica fístia stratiotes,

Riccia fluitans, Salvinia auriculata, Salvinia oblongifolia, Salvinia mínima, Salvinia natans, Trapa natans.

Specimen aquarium plants

Anubias barteri var. barteri, Anubias barteri var. nana, Anubias congensis, Anubias gracilis, Aponogeton boivinianus, Aponogeton crispus, Aponogeton elongatus, Aponogeton madagascariensis, Aponogeton u/vaceus, Aponogeton undulatus, Azolla filiculoides,

Bolbiiis heudelotii, Cardamine lyrata, Crinum natans, Cryptocoryne balansae, Cryptocoryne siamensis, Cryptocoryne undulata,

Echinodorus amazonicus, Echinodorus bleheri, Echinodorus cordifolius, Echinodorus macrophyllus, Echinodorus major, Echinodorus osiris, Echinodorus uruguayensis, Eichhornia azurea, Eichhornia crassipes, Eleocharis vivípara, Fontinalis antipyretica,

Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Microsorium pteropus, Nuphar japónica, Nymphaea stellata, Vesicularia dubyana.