AQUATIC PLANTS

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Anubias

A deity in the aquatic world

Anubias is by far one of the easiest aquatic plants to care for.  It is well recognized in the aquarium trade not only for their low care requirements but also their beautiful appearance.  Anubias originates from Africa where it can be found growing naturally along streams, rivers and marshes.  It is a flowering plant that can be characterized by the thick, waxy leaves which range from golden yellow to bright green.  Named after the Egyptian god of the afterlife Anubis, it’s truly a deity in the aquatic world.

Anubias Lanceolata

Cryptocoryne

Hundreds of different varieties

Cryptocoryne, or Crypts or short, is an extremely popular type of flowering aquatic plant.  There are hundreds of different varieties but handful of them have gained mainstream status among planted tank keepers.  They’re generally easy to keep but can experience “Crypt Melt” if the plant gets shocked when transitioning between different growing environments.  The melt is a natural defense mechanism for the plant that allows it to shed its old leaves and concentrate all its energy into growing new leaves which are adapted to the new environment.  Once the Crypt is established and grown into your tank, they’re hard to kill and can grow quickly by shooting out runners.

Bucephalandra

Bucephalandra is a genus of flowering plant endemic to Borneo, grown on the banks of fast flowing streams and rivers. There are hundreds of different species, most considered rare in the US aquarium trade despite their growing demand and popularity. They are very similar in appearance to Anubias, with leaves growing out of rhizomes which can be attached to any hard surface using glue or line. Their care is similar to that of Anubias and Cryptocorynes. 

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Moss

There’s a type of moss for every aquascaping need

There are several different varieties of mosses that can be used in aquascaping.  Java moss is the most common variety and is readily available and easy to keep.  Moss is a versatile plant that can be grown under a wide range of aquarium conditions.  It can be left free floating to provide coverage for shrimplets and fry, or attached to wood and rock to create a natural look.  Different types will exhibit different appearances and growth characteristics.  Flame moss grows vertically while weeping moss grows in a downward draping fashion.  Whatever the look you’re trying to achieve in a planted tank, there’s a type of moss that will suit your needs.

Swords

An easy and strong background plant

Echinodorus, or more commonly known as Sword Plant, is a genus of aquatic plant that originates from the marshes and bogs of North and South America.  It is an easy background plant to keep but requires a deep, nutrient rich substrate since it’s considered a heavy root feeder.  The plant can be grown emersed or submerged and propagates through small runner plants which grow off the main mother plant.  This is a popular plant for discus aquariums since they can withstand the higher temperatures.

echinodorus hadi red pearl

Tissue Culture

Absolutely zero unwanted pests

Tissue culture plants are grown in vitro from a state of the art laboratory specialized in propagating aquatic plants.  They provide the best option for those who want to ensure that absolutely zero unwanted pests are introduced into the aquarium.

It is important to remove the tissue culture agar gel before planting.  Simply wash the gel away or soak the plant in water and squeeze the gel off with your fingers.