5 best low light Aquarium Plants

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Penny wort is a very fun to keep, beautiful, hardy, aquarium plant that can readily be found at most big chain stores or LFS's. this plant loves high light and thrives in it, along with light ferilization. Most bettas love to swim through and rest on these broad, bright green leaves that this plant provides. honestly though, its not the best choices for low light setups as it will shed its leaves, and look like an empty stalk sticking out of the gravel, but dont be alarmed if it looses a couple of leaves when you first get it as this plant always does that when acclimating to a new aquarium
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Unlike most ferns, Microsorum excels at slow growth and easy propagation. For owners who frequently have busy spells where they can only feed the fish before heading out the door, this slow growing plant can be the perfect answer to their low light aquarium plant needs.

First off we will warn you: this plant grows slow. "But I thought that was the point of choosing this?" Yes, while slow growth is a key factor, we just need to let you know a single plant will not be able to spread to multiple locations in a timely fashion. If you want multiple bodies of Microsorum we recommend you start with at least two plants rather than one.

The fern like shape is complimented by the extra thin leaves, allowing fish to brush by with next to no resistance by the plant. Combined with in tank water movement via power heads or water pumps and your Microsorum will create a rolling grass field look.

Because these leaves repel fish less than most other plants, they provide inviting refugee to bullied fish or safe sleeping locations. Consider using multiple of these plants when housing territorial fish.

As with most ferns these spread by reaching out with roots and forming additional bodies. Owners can separate these and replant them, but be sure they have enough leaves and are not dependent on the main body.

In Short: An easy, slow growing plant, the Microsorum is best used by owners with little free time. By using multiple ferns aggression caused by territories will be cut down, along with allowing fry and new fish a chance to fit in with their new tank mates. Propagation is infrequent and light requirements will be met by any form of aquarium lighting. The Best 5 Low-Light Aquarium Plants | Aquascapers
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Here is the ultimate list of the best low light aquarium plants to give you some great, affordable options to make your tank beautiful without worrying about a high lighting set up. One of the few stem plants originating in the us, The Bacopa is a tall, straight growing stem plant with leaves shooting out at regular intervals. These leaves stay close to 1.5" long, making dense clumps of plants a bad idea.

Being tall with rigid outward leaves, the lighting required for this plant are fairly low. Unlike typical stem plants, the Bacopa grows fairly slow, cutting down on trimming and propagation needs. The difficulty in propagation lies in the plants wide leaves and strong stems. Given any amount of water flow, new plants can easily find themselves uprooted.

Because they don't do well in dense clumps and are tall, we recommend placing sporadic groups along the back wall of your aquarium. This will create a background without just putting up a wall of green.

Due to the rigid nature of the stems and leaves, these plants should be treated more as walls for fish than brush for hiding. Try combining Bacopa with some shrub or fern like plants.

In Short: Bacopa Caroliniana is best used as a background, giving a few inches behind them to allow fish territories and hiding places to be formed. Their slow growth time and rigid stems allow for low maintenance and east alignment. High flow tanks will have difficulty planting these, so consider turning off power heads for a day or two to allow roots time to spread. Best low maintenance (low light, low/no Co2) plants are Cryptocoryne, Vallisneria, Aponogeton and Echinodorus. Vallisneria, Echinodorus and Aponogeton are better for larger aquaria due to their potential sizes. Vallisneria nana can grow very tall. Vallis can quickly dominate the tank. Finishing off our list, Echinodorus is a hybrid plant, combining both long and short stems, both ending in multicolored oval shape leaves. Even under low lights this aquatic plant will retain its colors and dark leopard like spots.

Varying heights make this plant accustomed to be both in the center and back of aquariums. Long stems will reach up for light, while short stems reach out to collect the light missed by their upraised friends. Given the middle ground placement, Echinodorus will provide fish with both refuge and divide the tank into multiple territories with its taller stems.

To propagate cut both tall and short stems evenly on opposite sides. Cutting off too much from one side can leave the plant lopsided, making uprooting by water movement more likely and reducing the effectiveness of the remaining leaves. When trying to spread out the plant, bury one of the tallest stems you can find in an open area. the leaf will be on its own for awhile. Giving it space and height will create the best survival rate for new plants.

The plant grows at an average speed, making new plants sprout in a few days after propagation. Besides self planting, Echinodorus may reach out with its root and begin a new, smaller version of itself. You can choose to remove this or allow them to expand. The secondary plants will likely not reach full size while connected to the host body, so consider clipping the connecting stems after some growth has taken place.

In Short: Echinodorus gives you a mixed looking plant with plenty of color on its leaves. Fish will enjoy the multiple layers of leaves provided and pass between them often. Noticing poor health can be difficult as the leaves come pre-spotted, so give your plants an extra inspection when determining health.