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Live Aquarium Plants

Aquatic plants are those that can survive while completely submerged underwater—roots, leaves and all. They provide oxygen and shelter for fish, as well as improve the quality of the water. Live aquatic plants bring a certain something to the look and feel of your tank as well, bringing depth and color. At Petco, live plants come in a loose bunch or a potted plant. Live plants all require different levels of care and some common aquatic plants include Echinodorus, Lilaeposis (Sword Plants), and Anubias.

Plastic Aquarium Plants vs Live Plants

Many fish keepers choose to include plastic plants as aquarium decor. Live plants bring benefits to your aquarium ecosystem that plastic plants do not. However, as a living thing, they require more maintenance than a plastic plant would. So the choice is yours!

Optimal Conditions for Aquatic Plants

In addition to proper filtration and water care, you’ll want to provide a lighting system and a base layer for the plants. The proper aquarium lighting depends on the type of live plant you want. Most aquatic plants require 2-3 inches of lateralite and 1 inch of a substrate (gravel) to get an adequate amount of nutrients. You may even consider adding fertilizer to help the plants grow. And as with any plant, be sure to remove dead leaves routinely.

FAQs about Live Plants

Aquatic plants actually absorb carbon dioxide and provide oxygen for animals in your aquarium.

An aquatic plant is one that can survive completely submerged under water.

For tanks with turtles, we recommend live plants rather than plastic plants. Otherwise they may get confused and attempt to eat the plastic plants.

Once you’ve set up your new aquarium, you should ensure the conditions are optimal for live aquatic plants. This includes 2-3 inches of lateralite and substrate, as well proper lighting.

Live plants bring many benefits to a fish tank, such as oxygen production, decent water quality, and controlled algae growth. However, you’ll want to check your fish’s compatibility with certain plants before purchasing, as some fish have been known to dig up or eat aquatic plants.

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