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.
- March 13, 2017