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Three Non- Stem Plants for your Low Light Aquarium

If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the lookout for some low-light plants to spruce up your aquarium.

While there are a TON of stem plants that thrive in low-light conditions, there are also lots of plants that don't need to be constantly trimmed and replanted to maintain shape.

These plants can be tied or glued to anything, and can still make your aquarium look lush and vibrant without requiring a high-tech setup.

Let’s take a look at three of the best-ranked options:

 

1. Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)

First up on our list is the Java Fern. This plant is a favorite among aquarists because it’s pretty easy to care for. It doesn’t need a lot of light to thrive and it’s quite hardy, which makes it a great choice for beginners.
Plus, it's so tough, it's often used in aquariums that have critters that like to munch, stomp, uproot, or otherwise abuse plants.
Goldfish, chiclids, and Axolotls-- I'm looking at you!

2. Anubias (Anubias barteri)

Next, we have Anubias, another low-light loving plant.

This plant is slow-growing, so algae on the leaves may be a concern.

Don’t let its slow pace fool you - Anubias is a strong plant that can withstand a variety of conditions. Its broad, dark green leaves are a beautiful addition to any aquarium.

If plain green doesn't do it for you, Anubias can be found in pure white, spotted/ splashed, and gold as well. Look for it in long, thin leaved, to tiny, round rosettes.

3. Cryptocoryne (Cryptocoryne wendtii)

Cryptocoryne, or ‘Crypt’ for short, is a plant that comes in a variety of species, each with its own unique look. Crypts are versatile plants that can adapt to different lighting conditions, but they do particularly well in low-light setups.

Cryptocoryne's thin wavy leaves create a beautiful, natural-looking environment in your tank that shy critters particularly love. You can plant a ton of these together to create shelter for Corydoras, Loaches, Dwarf shrimp, or any other animal that loves to hide and forage.

Crypts grow slowly over time by sending out shoots and runners along their roots-- kind of like grass does!

The popular subspecies 'Cryptocoryne Wendtii' comes in Red, Green, Bronze, and even Pink!

Wrapping Up

So there you have it - four fantastic low-light plants for your aquarium; that aren't stems!

Remember, every aquarium is unique, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find out what works best for your underwater world. While these guys are easy and undemanding, there are some simple steps you need in place to start them off right. Be sure to research & Happy aquascaping!

 

 


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