No Hassle Plants That Make Your Fish Aquarium Look Great

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Easiest Aquarium Plants for Beginners

Besides making your tank look beautiful, plants for fish aquariums are vital to the health and happiness of your fish. Aquarium plants provide natural water filtration and purification, and they give your fish a place to hide, feed, reproduce, or just relax.

If you don’t have a green thumb, or if you simply prefer a low-maintenance tank, use this list of the easiest aquarium plants to choose the next additions to your freshwater aquarium. All five of these plants are beautiful and hassle-free.

1. Water Wisteria

Water Wisteria

Water wisteria (Hуgrорhіlа dіffоrmіѕ ‘Wisteria’) is one of the easiest aquarium plants, yet it offers a variety of benefits. The bright green leaves have a unique, lace-like shape that adds texture to the tank. This is one of the plants for fish aquariums that shrimp and other aquatic creatures love, as it provides plenty of nooks and crannies for them to hide in and explore.

The shape and form of water wisteria’s leaves change according to the conditions of your tank and its age, so don’t be surprised to see it develop different leaves over time.

2. Amazon Sword

Amazon Sword

Amazon Sword (Eсhіnоdоruѕ amаzоnісuѕ) features beautiful, light green, arched, lance-shaped leaves that grow quite quickly. Because of their undemanding light and nutrient requirements, they’re one of the easiest aquarium plants to maintain. The plant is quite versatile, making an outstanding to the background or center of the tank.

Amazon sword is an excellent choice for community fish tanks, but it’s generally not ideal for Oscars, Jack Dempsey, Texas Cichlids, or other roughens, as they may damage the plant.

3. Anubіаѕ nana

Anubіаѕ nana

Anubіаѕ nana is one of the best plants for fish aquariums because its rough texture prevents it from being eaten by herbivorous fish. It’s very hardy and low-maintenance, thriving in most tank conditions. It is one of the easiest aquarium plants to maintain because of its slow growth. The slow growth may also cause it to accumulate a layer of algae, which can be quite attractive.

4. Lace FernLace Fern

Lace fern (Microsorum pteropus) is also known as Windelov fern. It’s another one of the most ideal plants for fish aquariums because fish don’t eat it. This unique plant develops trірlе-ѕрlіt еdgеѕ on еасh leaf, providing a beautiful thick, buѕhу effect that increases with growth. It’s one of the easiest aquarium plants,requiring only a rock or driftwood to latch onto.

5. Cryptocoryne wendtii

Cryptocoryne wendtii
Cryptocoryne wendtii is quite versatile, making an attractive addition to virtually any tank. It’s the perfect plant for adding a splash of color, as varieties include the colors green, bronze, red, brown, and even a pink ‘flamingo’ option, as well as attractive color blends. It tolerates a wide range of tank conditions, as long as they are stable.

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Just because you’re a beginning aquarist doesn’t mean you can’t have a breathtaking tank. If you’d like more information on the easiest aquarium plants, or you need to place a wholesale order, please message us online. Order plants for fish aquariums from Complete Aquatic Systems today.

Christmas Shopping for Aquariums: Gifts for Aquarium Lovers

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Passionate aquarists are always looking for something new for their tanks. However, with so many options available, finding the perfect gifts for aquarium lovers isn’t always easy. If you’ll be shopping for aquarium lovers this Christmas, here is a list of aquarium gifts that we’ve broken down into categories to make your holiday shopping faster, easier, and fun.

Note: Some live plants have a limited shelf life in their containers. If you plan to do holiday shopping early, please contact Complete Aquatic Systems before ordering live plants or other perishable aquarium gifts. We’ll help you decide the best time to buy your gifts.

Natural Aquarium Decor

Natural aquarium decor is one of the most failsafe gifts for aquarium lovers. Aquarists constantly look for new ways to spice up their tanks. Natural decor is a welcome addition because it gives tanks a feeling of life, unlike artificial tank decorations that are made from colored plastic.

Gift Suggestions:

Java moss aquarium plant decoration Due to its versatility, Anubias on a suction cup (pictured) is a one of the best gifts for aquarium lovers. It can be attached anywhere on the tank’s glass to create a unique, multidimensional appearance.

Plants on a half tube provides aquarists with several different species on one attractive coco husk. The species are Anubias, Bolbitis, and Microsorum pteropus. The half tube provides diversity for the tank, giving fish a place to play or seek shelter.

Plants on a ring are great for adding variety and texture to a tank. Fish can swim through the ring, which features a wide range of plants from the Anubias, Bolbitis, and Microsorum pteropus species.

Aquatic Plants for Beginners

If you’re shopping for someone who is just getting started in the world of aquariums, you don’t want aquarium gifts that are difficult to use. We’ve compiled a list of gifts that even the most novice aquarists can enjoy. These gifts don’t require difficult techniques or technical expertise.

Gift Suggestions:

Anubias Sp. in driftwood combines the best of plants and driftwood to create a versatile, beautiful tank decoration. Because it arrives ready to be placed in the aquarium, it’s a great gift for aquarium lovers who are just starting out and want to see results fast. Design-A-Vine Java moss plant

Driftwood is always a safe bet, as it can be used in virtually any tank, with great ease. Our carefully selected driftwood doesn’t float or discolor the tank, so you can order with confidence.

Design-A-Vine (pictured) is a unique product that allows for fantastic customizations. It features Java moss attached to a bendable rod that can be shaped to the user’s specifications. This makes a great gift for beginners who are interested in customizing their tanks.

Aquatic Plants for Experts

These gifts for aquarium lovers should be saved for experienced aquarists. They require significant technical knowledge and experience in the field. Some of the products may also have specific tank requirements. If you aren’t sure whether a product will be the right fit, please contact our product specialists for help making a selection.

Gift Suggestions:

Alternanthera reineckii is a gorgeous, red plant that is perfect for blending with green foliage. For the plants to thrive, they require nutrients in thе form оf rооt tabs or lіquіd fееdѕ. This plant is one of the best aquarium gifts because of its small size that makes it suitable for all tank sizes.  green aquatic with tendrils

Crinum calamistratum (pictured), also known as “African onion plant”, is a popular background plant for large tanks. It is ideal for clear saltwater aquariums and brасkіѕh aquariums with low ѕаlt concentrations. The plant makes a fine gift for aquarists whose tanks have herbivorous fish, as the fish won’t eat the leaves. This is also of the best gifts for aquarium lovers, because once it starts flowering, it doesn’t stop — the gift that keeps on giving!

Rоtаlа rotundifolia, or “dwarf rotala,” is a popular plant among seasoned aquarists, making it one of the safer aquarium gifts for experts. It provides tanks with a gorgeous, blood-red hue, and the tips of the stems have spikes that produce flowers. The plant starts out green and reddens as it ages.

Pond Plants for Spring

Many aquarium buffs also enjoy maintaining ponds by adding special plants. This why we’ve included a variety of plant bulbs that make wonderful gifts that can be used in spring. Unlike tube plants that come packed in water, dry, packaged bulbs have a long shelf life, allowing them to last a few months until it’s time to introduce them to a pond.

Gift Suggestions: water lily tuber ready for planting

Nymphaea solfatara (pictured), also known as “orange and yellow water lily,” is one of the best gifts for aquarium lovers who have ponds that could use a splash of color. This is a live water lily tuber that is packaged with coco fiber and a net bag, so all you need to do is place it in a pond and watch it grow.

Live lily bulbs give any pond a classic look. The bulbs are perfect for ponds, but they also make outstanding aquarium gifts, too. Each package includes two to three bulbs of the Nymphaea lotus “green” species.

Nymphaea albida, or “white water lily,” is another iconic pond plant that instantly adds a touch of elegance to decorative ponds. The lily has a gorgeous, yellow center and lovely, white petals. This pond plant is also great for indoor water gardens. It provides a delightful fragrance.

Quality Aquatic Plants

Whether you need to order a few aquarium gifts or place a large, wholesale order for gifts for aquarium lovers, Complete Aquatic Systems is great place to shop. We carry top-quality plants that are grown in non-toxic, germ-free, pest-free environments. By operating our own labs, we have complete control over our products. Enjoy unparalleled quality at a budget-friendly price.

Contact Us Today

Finding gifts for aquarium lovers isn’t always easy. You want to be certain that the gift is compatible and appealing. This is where Complete Aquatic Systems comes in. We are a second generation, family-owned and operated business, with decades of experience in the aquatic plants industry. If you need product information or help making a selection, contact us today.

How You Can Control Algae Growth On Plants In Your Aquarium

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Algae is an all-too-common problem in aquascaping, which is why constant vigilance is important in order to keep giant algae blooms at bay. Not only can algae blooms be tough to clean, they can also be harmful to your aquarium plants and animals. So, if you’re interested in reducing algae growth, follow these tips and find your tank’s natural balance.

Stop Overfeeding

Overfeeding fish is easy to do. While feeding time may be an aquarium hobbyist’s favorite time to interact with fish, overfeeding can stimulate aquarium algae on your plants. With excess fish waste due to overfeeding, your water’s nitrate and phosphate levels will increase, leading to blue-green and red algae that can be detrimental to the entire ecosystem in your aquarium. To avoid this, stick to recommended food quantities at regular intervals, and be sure to remove any uneaten food.

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Acclimating Fish In Your Aquarium With Plants

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Once you have an aquarium set-up, adding fish to the mix can be quite fun. However, while you’ve carefully set up their future home, you need to make sure it is a safe and easy transition for any new fish. The last thing you want to do it acclimate your new pets incorrectly, which can lead to shock and stress. We have two options to effectively acclimate your new fish with your existing aquarium with plants and other fish.

Use the “Floating Method”

When you purchase a new fish or many schooling fish, you will take them home in a plastic bag from the pet store. The “floating method” entails leaving the fish in the bag, and placing the bag inside the tank and letting it float in the aquarium water for fifteen minutes, so the water in the bag becomes the same temperature as the water in the tank.

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Everything You Need To Set Up A 20 to 25-Gallon Aquarium Tank

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A 20-25 gallon tank is the perfect starter aquarium size. Contrary to popular belief, larger tanks are actually easier to maintain than smaller aquariums. So, if you’re setting up a tank of this size, take some time to read our list of eight items you need to set up a 20-25 gallon aquarium.

Aquarium Stand

After you’ve chosen your 20 to 25-gallon tank, you will want to choose an aquarium stand that can support the tank and meshes with the decor and space of the room in which you will setup the 25-gallon fish tank. You’ll want to place the tank and stand away from direct sunlight, windows, and air vents or radiators.

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Choosing the Right Aquarium Plants For Your Set-Up

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When planning out your aquarium, it’s important to choose plants that not only make your tank more visually appealing and ecologically sound, but flora that will ultimately benefit your fish.
Choose the most appropriate plants for the size of your tank and the type of fish you have. To that end, we have six great pairs that are proven combinations to make your aquarium a vibrant and thriving environment.

Betta Splendens (also known as Betta Fish) & Nymphoides aquatica (also known as Banana plant)

Banana plants have leaves like little lilly pads that will float on top of the water and complement Betta Fish nicely. Because they leave enough space for the Betta to get some air at the top of the tank, the Banana plant provides an attractive atmosphere.

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‘Fish Stress’ And How You Can Care For Fish In Your Aquarium

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While it seems like they may lead an idyllic life unbothered from the dangers of the open ocean, fish can actually suffer from stress in an aquarium. Fish stress can alter the behavior of your fish, making them less outgoing and possibly decreasing their life spans. We’ve identified seven different causes of stress in fish, and we’re letting you know what you can do about it.

“Bully” Fish

Are you noticing that one fish is hiding in the top corner of the aquarium? Stressed fish tend to hide towards the top of the tank to gulp in more oxygen. Maybe you’ve added a new fish to an established fish community, and you want to help the new fish adjust to its new home. Care for your aquarium fish by quarantining any bully fish in a separate tank or an in-tank chamber.

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5 Aquarium Plants That Don’t Require Substrate

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Whether you have an aquarium full of fish or you’re just starting out, there can be a lot to manage. From water balancing to acclimating your fish correctly, it can be a bit overwhelming. So, if you can cut out a step, then consider introducing underwater plants to your aquarium that don’t require substrate. As a loose term for the bottom layer of material in your tank, substrate is often used to increase the amount of beneficial bacteria. However, as with the introduction any foreign object in your tank’s water, substrate can also affect your aquarium’s water quality and can react chemically with other elements. If you’re interested in cultivating an underwater environment without it, we’ve identified five aquarium plants that don’t need substrate.


Hornwort is a plant that is quite easy to care for. It can thrive in almost any lighting condition, and does well in either soft or hard water conditions (pH 6.0-7.5). Hornwort also grows quickly, and can reach lengths of 2 to 6 feet. As it can be floated in the water, Hornwort is an ideal aquarium plant that doesn’t need substrate. Because of this, Hornwort makes a safe hiding place for small fry (baby fish) in large tanks with adult fish. In a new aquarium, or one with water quality issues, Hornwort aids with filtration since it’s capable of soaking up nitrates and handling ammonia spikes.

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A Beginner’s Guide To The Symbiotic Relationship Between Plants & Fish

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We all need oxygen to breathe, and if you have ever been in a forest, you know that places with more trees have healthier air. While fish tanks are vastly different environments, the same principle holds true for aquariums that have live plants. The addition of live plants makes the water cleaner by removing waste and releasing oxygen. In short, aquariums with live plants tend to have healthier fish than those without. So, what contributes to this symbiotic relationship? Let’s take a look at some of the ways that plants and fish benefit one another in aquariums.

What Your Fish Get From Plants

Beginners should add live aquarium plants to their tanks as they significantly enhance any fish’s well being. Rather than being in a big empty tank where fish only have water from edge to edge, plants create a sense of fullness and life in an aquarium. Fish gain a home or hiding place when they nestle into the leaves of the plants you provide. This can also create a sense of dimension and space from your fish’ perspective as they’ll have more elements in their physical environments with which they can engage, swim through, and dodge around.  

Ambiance aside, underwater plants benefit fish in one more crucial way: greater oxygen levels in the water they breathe. As plants take in the carbon dioxide that fish breathe out, they use it as energy and release oxygen as their waste product, aiding the filtration process in an aquarium.

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Starting an Aquarium? Follow Our Aquascaping Tips and Consider These 5 Starter Plants

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If you have ever been to a friend or neighbor’s house and seen a beautiful garden, you may think that they have a green thumb and simply know all there is to know about gardening.  What you may not consider is that they have carefully chosen plants that are easy to take care of, giving their garden a lush, picturesque quality. The same goes for aquariums. If you are thinking of starting an aquarium, you can use this same tactic by choosing plants that are low-maintenance and will thrive with even a beginner’s care.

If you’re unfamiliar with cultivating underwater environments, one of our most recommended aquascaping tips is to pick the right aquarium plants for beginners. Some plants require more care, so avoid those when you are new to aquarium plant care. One of the principal concepts for beginners is to think of the aquarium in terms of foreground, mid-ground, and background.

Start With Low-Growing and Spreading Plants

Among aquascaping experts’ most recommended tips is to place some small plants in the foreground that will spread and fill the substrate. Known for its hardiness and fast growth, Java moss (Vesicularia Sp.) is a great aquarium plant for beginners, which can grow up to 5 in. with an optimal growing temperature between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. As a general aquascaping tip for this plant, you’ll want to keep a bright light on your java moss throughout the day.

As another low growth hearty plant, Anubias nana (Anubias Sp. “nana”) is also a great addition to your aquarium’s substrate and hardscape foreground as it generally grows slowly up to 4 in. With its wide leaves, this plant contrasts nicely with Java moss’ grassy tufts.

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