Low-Light Aquarium Plants

29 Low Light Freshwater Aquarium Plants Perfect for You

Many aquatic plants flourish in low lighting and end up looking beautiful in the low-light aquariums. People usually use low-light aquarium plants to decorate their aquariums. However, aquarium plants need proper care, or else they will end up dying inside the tank. There are several things to keep in mind while buying low-light aquarium plants.

Some certain fishes and invertebrates feed on aquarium plants. Therefore, a proper study of, in what conditions the plants will survive, what plants the fishes won’t eat, which plants are the best to pair with the fishes in your tank to balance flora and fauna of your aquarium, or which plants need more maintenance as compared to others.

Here, in this article, we will uphold the importance of low-light aquarium plants and tell you the factors you should consider when buying low-light plants for your fish tank. In addition to it, we will provide the top 30 low-light aquarium plants that you may buy as per your requirements and suitability.


What are low-light aquarium plants?

Low-light aquarium plants are those plants that survive in the minimum light of the aquarium. These plants are said to be easy plants, as no special maintenance is required for them, and they bloom in the aquarium’s low light. These plants are also used to give a beautiful and lively appearance to an aquarium that otherwise looks dull and boring. Here, low light refers to the fluorescent grow light of 1.5 watts per gallon. This much light is enough for the growth of plants that are hardy by nature. If the plants do not receive proper nutrition, they will eventually die.

We all know that the generation of algae is an underlying problem in aquariums. In this regard, these aquatic plants give balance to the growth of algae and keep it at the bay of the aquarium. Now, you must be wondering how plants can help reduce algae. Well, plants and algae feed on the same nutrients in the aquarium; therefore, plants end up absorbing more nutrients leaving less for the algae. As a result, it reduces the growth of algae.

Now, let’s have a look at the top 30 low-light plants to keep in your aquarium; they will not only make your fish tank look beautiful but also help in eradicating algae.


Low Light Freshwater Aquarium Plants Perfect 

1. Java Moss

Java Moss


It is a common moss that originates naturally on trees and rocks. It is found in places where there are tropical climate zones. Java moss does not have any roots, which means it can easily float on water and get all the nutrients that it needs. It has beautiful, tiny, and oval-shaped leaves.

Ranging from 3 to 10 inches in length, this moss is primarily used in decorating aquariums because of its beautiful appearance. The size of the moss varies and can be molded into any shape. It also gets a good hold on the porous surface of the water. It can thrive well in tanks having a water temperature of 70-75°F and a pH level of 5-8.

Java moss is a slow grower; therefore, it needs a little more attention as its leaves filter out all the required nutrients from the water. Overall it is a perfect low-light aquarium plant that makes an excellent cover for small fishes, eggs, invertebrates, and live young. In case of too much intense light, the moss overgrows, and it can grow uncontrollably, if not taken well care of. A Java moss does well in a minimum tank size of 5 gallons.


2. Green Hygro

Green Hygro

The Green Hygro is a stem plant that rapidly grows up to a size of 24-inches. It also has leaves that fluctuate in colors from green to brown to red, depending on the lighting. If you want to prevent the leaves from turning brown, provide them with low light. As Green Hygro grows in abundance, it is considered a weed and has been banned from use in some places. So, check the laws before you buy it for your aquarium.

The Green Hydro is a good-growing plant. However, it can outgrow and even get out of control, if it adjusts well in the setup. This plant grows well in aquariums with water temperature and pH levels of 64-86°F and 5-8, respectively. A minimum tank capacity of 10 gallons is suitable for growing Green Hygro.

Though it survives well in an aquarium, it needs proper care as it proliferates immensely. If you have a goldfish in your aquarium, then avoid using Green Hygro as goldfishes feed on this low-light plant and end up killing it in no time.


3. Sunset Hygro

Sunset Hygro

This low-light plant is somehow related to the Green Hygro and also requires to be pruned off with time due to its rapid growth. However, the color of the leaves of a Sunset Hygro differs from that of a Green Hygro. The leaves of Sunset Hygro are reddish-pink with white veins, and it looks beautiful in the aquariums.

The beautiful red-pink color of this plant only survives if there is an appropriate amount of iron in the water. Also, the Sunset Hygro requires a water temperature of about 64-82°C and a pH level of 5-8.

It grows in low-moderate light and requires ordinary care. The leaves should be chopped off eventually so that they do not overtake the entire tank. The stems of Sunset Hygro, which is also known as Rosanervig, can grow up to a maximum size of 10-16 inches.


4. Rotala Rotundifolia

Rotala Rotundifolia

RotalaRotundifolia is a quite recognizable plant because of its beautiful, narrow, rounded, and pink colored leaves. This plant grows inside the water in a bushy growth pattern. Like most other plants, it also requires low light. However, too much low-light can result in turning its leaves yellow-green colored.

Though the plant survives well in low lighting, its beautiful pink color is only visible if kept in bright light. It requires a certain amount of micronutrients to survive in the low light. This live aquatic plant needs water temperature requirements around 70-86°F and a pH level of 5.5-7.5.

The freshwater plant rapidly grows to reach up to a size of 6-inches, and it usually grows vertically, climbing up the walls of the aquarium.RotalaRotundifolia needs to be taken care of eventually, as it outgrows and captures the tank.


5-Rotala Indica

Rotala Indica

Rotala Indica, which hails from southeast Asia, is also known as the Indian Toothcup. It is almost similar to Rotundifolia but has quite a few differences from it. The leaves of this plant are comparatively rounder and tend to stay green, no matter what the amount of light is. However, the stem of the Rotala Indica is somewhat reddish. Both plants can be planted either in a small bunch or individually.

This plant can grow up to a maximum size of 15-24 inches in a fish tank. It needs to be maintained and requires pruning eventually. Therefore, the Indica plant is not as rapid in growth as Rotundifolia. Rotala Indica can survive in low lighting and require intermediate levels of care. It has excellent compatibility and does not need as much light as compared to Rotundifolia. The water temperature and pH level requirements of the plant are 72-82°F and 6.5-7.5, respectively.


6. Hornwort


Hornwort is quite known for its unique pattern and is often called Coontail as its nickname. Its leaves appear as a bushy tail because they tend to grow outwards in many shoots. The roots of these plants are not real; therefore, they can grow without a substrate. The plant is bright green colored, and when put in an aquarium, it either floats freely or attaches itself to the objects around it.

The plant grows very fast and may reach up to a massive height of 10-ft. Thus, Hornwort acts as a perfect dense habitat for newborn fish. With a water temperature of 59-86°F, it requires a moderate level of light and care. The compatibility of this plant is excellent, and it has a pH level of 6-7.5. Moreover, you can keep it in a minimum tank size of 15 gallons.


7. Java Fern

Java Fern

Java Ferns are perfect and ideal plants to grow in low-light aquariums. Initially, they might fool you with slow growth, but end up spreading across the aquarium eventually. The plant can outgrow to the height of about 12-14 inches and almost 6-inches by width. The leaves of the Java Fern vary according to the variety of this plant but are generally long and thin.

The plant can survive at the bottom of the tank or by floating in it as it finds an object to attach its roots. The plant is excellent in aquariums and does not demand any special lighting, but it’s recommended not to keep it under harsh lighting conditions.

It requires usual care, low-moderate light, and has excellent compatibility. Besides, Java Ferns can grow well in fish tanks having a water pH level of 6-7.5 and a water temperature of around 68-82°F. A minimum tank capacity of 10 gallons is suitable for the growth and development of this aquatic plant.


8. Parrot’s Feather

Parrot’s Feather

This plant got its name from its parrot feather-like appearance. Parrot’s Feather stands out among the other species of aquatic plants due to its unique texture and lush green foliage. The common use of this plant is to provide shade to the marine animals and help them to hide. The plant freely floats in water, but can also be affixed. This plant grows up to a maximum height of 6-inches.

The lighting requirement demanded by these plants should be moderate-high. In low-light aquariums, one can brighten the light by putting the aquarium close to a window as a source of some external light.

Parrot’s Feather needs a water temperature of 60-74°F and a pH level of 6.8-8. The plant usually requires ordinary care and has excellent compatibility, especially with guppies, minnows, and goldfishes.


9. Moneywort


We know Moneywort by many names. When placed in a fish tank, it adds to the aquarium color. It is a creeping plant that has bright green and small oblong leaves that grow upwards. Moneywort plants are used to create contrast among other plants, which is done by planting the shoots of this plant close enough.

This plant grows vertically and is a low-growing species that can achieve a height of approximately 2-3 inches. It requires a moderate level of light and usual care. Moneywort has excellent compatibility and survives easily in most the aquarium environments having a pH level of 6.5-7.5. Though this plant requires water temperature, ranging between 72-82°F, for optimum growth and development, the temperature must be around 76°F.


10. Brazilian Pennywort

Brazilian Pennywort

Brazilian Pennywort consists of bean-shaped leaves, branching from the vine-like stems, and are bright green colored. This plant can either be left floating in the water or rooted onto the surface. The Pennywort proliferates hugely and requires eventual pruning to avoid overgrowth.

The plant requires regular care and trimming, but it’s worth it as it is one of the super attractive plants to put in an aquarium. While it can survive in bright lights, it should be kept in low lighting conditions to prevent excess growth. This plant is relatively delicate to put in tanks with goldfish or cichlids, so the compatibility is somewhat decent.

Brazilian Pennyworts can grow up to a maximum height of 24-inches and can fit in any tank capacity. Also, it requires the aquarium to have a water temperature range lying between 68-82°F and a pH level of about 6-7.8.


11. Crypt Wendtii

Crypt Wendtii

Crypt Wendtii is a commonly known plant as it is a versatile and highly variable species. The plant can be used within the aquarium as a focal point. This species exhibit various textures and sizes of leaves in red, brown, or green color. The leaves of this plant have waved edges and can grow up to a length of 18-inches.

Crypt Wendtii does not require any specific lighting conditions as it can survive in any lighting. It requires an intermediate level of care, but it is highly susceptible to the changing aquarium environment. Generally, this plant is not kept in a tank with cichlids as they tear up the entire plant, so the compatibility of this plant is fair enough, but not too good.

Also, this plant needs stable water conditions to avoid decaying of its leaves and stems. The water temperature and pH level requirement of the plant is 75-82°F and 6-8, respectively.


12. Crypt Balansae

Crypt Balansae

This plant consists of 4-5 inches leaves with uniquely ruffled edges, though they are thin and long. The plant provides enough hiding places for the aquatic animals and tends to form dense clumps. Crypt Balansae falls under the species of slow growers, but is worth it, as it has its uniqueness and attractive appearance.

This plant is a great background plant for aquariums. It can survive in moderate-high levels of lighting. It requires an intermediate level of care, though it is quite sensitive to the changing environment of the aquarium.

Crypt Balansae require particular water conditions for their optimum growth. The tank water in which the plant will grow must have a water temperature of about 72-82°F with a pH level of 6.5-7.5. Just like Wendtii, this plant can’t be kept with cichlids as they tear it up completely.


13. Crypt Spiralis

Crypt Spiralis

Another plant in the Crypt genus is the Crypt Spiralis. It showcases its thin and long leaves that can grow up to 24-inches by length and form loose spirals. Crypt Spiralis has a bit thicker leaves as compared to the other Crypts species. Also, as the leaves of this plant grow, they tend to sprout shoots in the aquarium, which seems pretty unique.

The level of light required by the Crypt Spiralis is moderate. Like the other Crypts, this one also requires an intermediate level of care and is quite sensitive to the aquarium’s changing conditions. Also, the compatibility of this plant is quite similar to other Crypts, and should not be kept with cichlids as they end up tearing the whole plant.

This plant’s growth rate is medium, and it requires a water temperature of about 68-86°F. Also, for the optimum growth of the plant, the water pH level must be between 5-8.


14. Guppy Grass

Guppy Grass

This plant serves as a nursery plant for baby guppies. The leaves of Guppy Grass grow in dense clumps and are uniquely thin. No other plant can beat the flexibility of Guppy Grass as it can survive in all conditions. You can root it to the surface or leave it free to float on the water, put it in a bright, medium, or low light; the plant will survive on its own.

This plant species grow up to a maximum size of 3-inches. Moreover, it requires the tank water temperature to be around 50-86°F with a pH level of approximately 6-7.

It is one of the perfect plants to set up in an aquarium, as it has excellent compatibility, especially for newborn guppies. Also, this plant doesn’t demand an intense level of care; it requires ordinary care.


15. Anubias Barteri

Anubias Barteri

AnubiasBarteri has bright green leaves in the shape of a large arrow, or a heart that has ripped edges. The height and width of the plant are 6-inches and 5-inches, respectively, and are relatively small. It grows slowly, and its leaves are quite bitter that helps them survive from the plant-eating fishes and invertebrates.

However, the broad leaves of AnubiasBarteri encourage the growth of algae in the tank. Therefore, this plant is usually introduced in the aquariums with algae-eating aquatic animals that will help in maintaining the beauty of these plants. AnubiasBarteri can easily survive in low-moderate light and demands ordinary care. The compatibility of this plant is also excellent.

The water requirements of the plant are that AnubiasBarteri requires an optimum temperature range of about 72-78°F and a pH level of 6.5-7.8. Moreover, this plant can be kept in large as well as small aquariums.


16. Anubias Nana

Anubias Nana

If we talk about the long-sized leaves of the plant as compared to its overall size, the Anubias Nana plant is quite similar to the Barteri. Nana plants spread slowly in the aquarium, finding different objects like driftwood to attach themselves to it. This plant is of low height and bushy. Similar to the Barteri, Anubias Nana’s leaves are also arrow or heart-shaped.

The rubbery leaves of this plant are also bitter as the Barteri, which saves them from various plant-eating fishes and invertebrates. Anubias Nana can survive in low lighting conditions and demands usual care. The compatibility of Anubias Nana is excellent too.

With a low height of about 2-6 inches and a slow growth rate, this plant can fit in a minimum tank capacity of 10 gallons. Nana requires the water temperature of its aquarium to be around 72-82°F while having a pH level of 6-7.5.


17. Pelia


This plant is sometimes confused with moss due to its moss-like appearance. However, the plant serves distinct purposes from most mosses. Pelia doesn’t grow as rapidly as moss and also does not attach itself to objects. This plant is a natural sinker and can either be left free to float on the water surface or affixed down to the surface using the netting line.

Pelia is quite popular as the structure of its shoots is unique. This plant is generally used for aqua-scaping, and it requires low-moderate light and an intermediate level of care. This plant grows up to a maximum height of 0.78-1.9 inches. Pelia has moderate compatibility, as this plant is brittle and can easily be damaged if kept in tanks with rough and schooling fishes.


18. Waterwheel plant

Waterwheel plant

Unlike other plants, the Waterwheel Plants are among the most exotic aquarium plants. Due to the predatory traps of this plant, it seems to be an aquatic Venus Fly Trap. There are spokes at the end of this plant that serve as traps. This plant prevents the aquatic insects, as it feeds on them and hunts on its prey by free-floating on the water surface.

With a length of about 8-inches, this aquarium plant requires an ideal water temperature of around 73-86°F and a pH level of 6.8-7.4. Waterwheel Plants require moderate to a full level of lighting. The plant needs advanced care and can thrive best in fish tanks with a minimum capacity of 30 gallons.

It requires meat for a diet such as snails, tadpoles, daphnia, mosquito wigglers, and other aquatic insects. Thus, one must consider before introducing a Waterwheel Plant in the aquarium.


19. Bacopa


This plant is known for its oblong leaves growing in opposite directions creating a unique ladder-like structure, which makes it a classic aquatic plant. The color of this plant varies from brown to sometimes bright greenish-yellow. It is not a floating plant and requires an appropriate surface to take root in.

The plant can achieve a height of 12-inches and grow slowly. Bacopa plants require low-moderate levels of light to survive and are easy to take care of. It requires a water temperature of around 59-89°F and thrives well in tank water, having a pH level of 6-8. This plant has excellent compatibility as compared to other classic aquatic plants.


20. American Waterweed

American Waterweed

American Waterweed is a rapidly growing long-stemmed plant that can reach up to a height of 3-5 meters. The plant survives both ways either by floating on the water surface or by rooting onto a substrate. This plant serves as an excellent cover for small fishes.

It is quite common in North America and can easily be spotted in ponds and lakes. Aquatic animals like ducks, turtles, and beavers usually feed on this plant. However, one must consider local laws before planting it in an aquarium, as it is not considered to be a legal species in some places. American Waterweed requires low light and a normal level of care.

This live aquatic plant needs the tank water to have a temperature of around 50-77°F and a pH level of 6-7.5. The compatibility of American Waterweed is good, but it should not be kept with soft plant-eating fishes, as then this plant will serve as a food source for the tiny aquatic animals.


21. Micro Crypt

Micro Crypt

As a member of the Crypt family, Micro Crypt is also a plant that grows slowly. The leaves of this plant are thin and long with ruffled edges. Micro Crypt, just like its name, is the smallest of all Crypts and grows only up to a height of 6-inches. This plant is not much in demand due to its slow growth.

However, Micro crypts require low levels of light for their growth and need an ordinary level of care. Just like other Crypts, cichlids can tear up this plant, and thus it should not be kept in a fish tank containing cichlids. Also, you must make sure that the aquariums in which Micro Crypts are placed have a water temperature range lying between 68-83°F and a pH level of 6-7.5.


22. Red Ludwigia

Red Ludwigia


Red Ludwigia is a fast-growing stem plant that needs eventual pruning to avoid overgrowth. It may grow up to a typical height of around 12-20 inches. Red Ludwigia is a beautiful plant with bright red foliage that is visible in proper lighting. Generally, the shoots of this plant are planted in groups together. It is usually planted in the foreground surface of the aquarium for its easy maintenance.

Red Ludwigia is a North American native and can survive in cold as well as warm water. However, it is better on the warmer side. It requires an optimum water temperature of 75-80°F. Also, the pH level of the tank water for this plant must lie between 5-7.

The leaves of this plant generate a ruddy color, once it appropriately adapts to the environment of the aquarium and gets occasional feedings. The level of light required for this plant is moderate, as too low light may diminish the color of its leaves or lead to falling off of the leaves. It demands an average level of care and has excellent compatibility.


23. Marimo Ball

Marimo Ball

Marimo Ball is another plant that is usually mistaken for moss. This plant is a strained alga that grows radially outward, naturally looking like a ball. Also, Marino Ball is a slow-growing low-light aquarium plant that has a long life. These plants usually have a diameter of about 3-4 inches. Moreover, these live aquatic plants are generally used as decor due to their unique appearance.

If the tank does not have a powerhead or strong filtration system, then the Marimo Ball moss flattens with time, as it requires some current to maintain its shape. This plant requires a water temperature and pH level of around 60-80°F and 6-8, respectively. As these originate from pristine ponds, the Marimo Ball survives in cold and clean water.

These plants are somewhat sensitive and can be killed due to over-fertilization. Do not keep these plants in low lighting as it may turn brown. This species of plant requires regular level care and has excellent compatibility, usually used for betta tanks. Make sure to avoid using it in aquariums containing goldfishes, as they might end up overfeeding on the Marimo Ball plant.


24. African Water Fern

African Water Fern

These plants are strong with sensitive leaves that are dark green by color. African Water Ferns have long stalks, and they grow slowly up to a maximum height of 16-18 inches. These ferns find rocks, barks, or substrates to attach themselves and grow naturally.

Thriving well in a water temperature of about 74-84°F and pH level of 6-8.5, these plants are among great low-light aquarium plants. African Water Ferns are usually preferred in aquariums for decoration purposes.

They require some carbon dioxide occasionally for their best growth with some supplemental feeding. The lighting needed for this plant is low-moderate. It demands regular care and has excellent compatibility, especially when introduced in tanks containing fishes or shrimps that feed on algae.


25. Coffee Leaf Anubias

Coffee Leaf Anubias

The uniqueness of this plant lies in its oblong leaves that are rippled and spread outwards growing wide, instead of growing tall. Coffee Leaf Anubias is well known for its transformation of young leaves into dark green color. Anubia plants are slow growers, and they can achieve a height of about 5.9-9.8 inches.

Coffee Leaf Anubias tend to float on the water surface, as fixing the plant’s root onto the substrate might kill it. This species of plant requires an optimum water temperature of around 80°F and a pH level of 5-8.

The Anubias get comfortable attaching themselves to driftwood, rocks, and other objects like filter pipes. The plant can easily survive in low-light aquariums and require a usual amount of care. The compatibility of this plant is excellent, specifically when introduced in tanks with fishes that eat algae.


26. Duckweed


These plants are best for low-light aquariums as they happen to sit on the surface of the water, especially to soak in all the light. They have great flexibility in tolerating a wide water temperature range of 43-90°F. Also, it requires a water pH level of 6.5-7.5 for its optimum growth.

These beautiful, natural-looking, and small-sized plants can grow up to only 1cm. They form carpet-like reminiscent in your tank and act as a nutrient sponge to soak up all the organics that encourage algae growth in the water. Some aquarists suggest pairing duckweed along with plants that tolerate extreme low-light conditions such as java moss. This plant acts as a natural filter and provides shade to aquatic animals too.

In case you are planning to remove it from the setup, it will take quite an effort, as duckweed can generate even from a micro remain left from the plant. This aquatic plant requires low levels of light and is very easy to take care of. The compatibility is great, though it can have excessive growth if not taken care of properly.


27. Banana Plant

Banana Plant

These plants have roots shaped like bananas and survive well in low-light aquariums. The Banana Plant stores some extra nutrients in its tubers that encourage lily-pad like leaves to appear on the water surface for optimal light exposure.

These plants genuinely prefer moderate lighting; however, if exposed to brighter light, the plant creates a beautiful purplish-red shade. The Banana Plant can withstand a water temperature of about 70-82°F and a pH level of 6-7.5. This plant can do well in any tank size, starting from a small 10 gallons aquarium to the largest of tanks.

The Banana Plant can survive in moderate as well as low lighting conditions, and it is quite easy to take care of. The plant has good compatibility, though snails love to feed on the fleshy tubes of this plant, which may kill it.


28. Water Wisteria

Water Wisteria

Water Wisteria demands more nutrition as compared to other plants. It tends to grow well in a low-light aquarium, but the growth level of this plant changes according to the lighting it is exposed to. The leaves of this plant take a broad form to get more exposure to the light until it is moved to a high light environment. Under high lighting conditions, Water Wisteria transforms into a feathery leafed plant and looks completely different.

Water Wisteria is a small-sized aquatic plant that grows up to a maximum height of 20-inches. It needs a soft-moderate pH level of water, such as around 6.5-7.5. Also, the water temperature of the tank in which you will keep this plant must lie between 75-82°F. This plant grows well in a minimum aquarium size of 10 gallons.

The nutrients required by this plant are supplemental carbon dioxide and fertilization for proper growth. This plant requires low-high levels of lighting and demands intermediate care. The compatibility of Water Wisteria plants is excellent, though its appearance varies on distinct lighting conditions.


29. Lemon Bacopa

Lemon Bacopa

Lemon Bacopa is a stem plant that grows slowly and is planted in small groups. These plants crawl to the surface level and produce small purple flowers. The leaves of this plant induce a lemony scent when crushed, which explains the name of this plant. It is one of the best plants for low-light aquariums.

Lemon Bacopa does not require any special supplements in terms of growth. This perennial native aquatic plant grows up to a length of ¾-inches. It can tolerate a water temperature of around 39-84°F and requires a pH level value of about 5-7.

Lemon bacopa is quite easy to breed. All you need to do is grab a simple cutting of the plant and insert it into the gravel. The new shoots will originate within a few days that will later grow into a new plant. This live aquarium plant requires low-moderate levels of lighting and is easy to take care of. Lemon Bacopa also has excellent compatibility with almost all capacities of tanks.


30. Peacock Moss

Peacock Moss

Peacock Moss is a recent addition to the family of aquatic mosses. The plant gets its name from its slightly blue-green coloration and a fine pattern of growth resembling a miniature pine tree. Peacock Moss acts as a great alternative to Java Moss due to its hardiness yet attractive appearance. It fits pretty well in low-light aquariums.

Though the plant is quite hardy, it still follows a slow growth pattern. It leads to an intermediate level of maintenance of the plant. The plant requires some occasional fertilization and carbon dioxide.

The water temperature range in which the plant is kept should lie between 68-82°F. Also, Peacock Moss requires an optimum water pH level of 5.8-7.5. The compatibility of this plant is good enough when kept in low lighting conditions.


Benefits of keeping low light aquarium plants:

If you are planning to get low-light aquarium plants for your tank, then let us tell you that there are many benefits of having them. Some of the significant benefits we have listed below.

Water oxygenation:

Aquatic plants come of great help in keeping the aquatic animals healthy. The low-light aquarium plants inhale a considerable amount of carbon dioxide released by the marine animals, and in turn, release fresh oxygen for the fishes and other aquatic animals.


Natural habitat:

Aquatic plants, especially the low-light ones, serve as an excellent natural habitat for fishes. Your tiny fishes use these plants to hide and play around, which gives them an ocean-like feeling, thereby keeping them happy. So, keeping a low-light aquarium plant is a good decision to recreate a natural habitat for your favorite fishes.


Stability of the surface:

These plants are beneficial for maintaining the stability of the substrate in the aquarium. If there are no aquatic plants, then the filter outflow or marine animals might end up destroying the substrate.


Algae removal:

The low-light aquatic plants are also a great help in maintaining the natural balance in the aquarium. These plants help prevent the overgrowth of algae in the fish tank, thereby keeping the tank clean and tidy, and maintaining an optimum condition for the survival of the water animals.



These low-light aquarium plants help the aquatic animals to feel comfortable. The fishes breed and lay eggs, hiding them behind or beneath these plants, which resemble their natural habitat. Also, these low-light plants protect some of the fishes by providing them with a place to hide from the aggressive species in the aquarium.


Things to consider before buying low-light aquarium plants:

Low-light aquarium plants help in keeping your aquarium tidy as well as look mesmerizing. However, before buying these plants, there are a few things that one should always consider. Let’s have a look at those factors.

Fish type present in your tank:

The growth and development of the low-light aquarium plant heavily depend on which fish species you have kept in your aquarium. Some plant-eating fishes might end up destroying the plant entirely. Therefore, make sure if you have a plant-eating fish or invertebrate in your aquarium, then you must pair them with plants like Barteri and Anubias Nana that taste bitter. This characteristic will help them save the plant from getting uprooted and destroyed.


Light intensity in the tank:

The lighting of the aquarium is another crucial thing to consider. If the lighting in your aquarium is quite bright, then low-light plants would not be able to survive inside. It is essential to adjust the light according to the plant’s needs; otherwise, it will die.


Plant feed:

It is vital to know about all the plants thoroughly before you buy them. What feed your plants need is essential for you to know. If you are not fertilizing the plants properly or keeping them away from any other nutrient that they require, then you are killing them slowly.


Plant density ensuring carbon-oxygen ratio:

Like all other living organisms, plants also need carbon, which they get from the carbon dioxide released by the fishes. If your aquarium is full of aquatic plants, then the competition for carbon dioxide is on a hike. So, make sure to maintain the balance of carbon and oxygen in the water for the plants to grow in better conditions.

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As a beginner, one should be quite careful in picking a good quality low-light aquarium plant. So, even if you are not an aquarist, the guide provided above will help you to get a suitable low-light plant for your aquarium and enable you to maintain an appropriate and compatible flora system in your tank. If you liked this content & found it beneficial, then do not forget to comment below sharing your experiences.

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