The first time I have a pet fish is when I was just about 12 to 13 years old and it was one of the best days of my life. Who wouldn’t want a fish to be your pet? It is like owning a cat or dog but for me, in my own opinion, I definitely love fish as a pet. Today, I ended up collecting them and I have about two dozen of them which really make my whole life so complete every day.
The beauty of having a fish pet is that you have the chance to put your own style and decoration in the aquarium. A fish tank without a plant is like a sad painting with only fishes swimming. I remember the time I bought my first aquarium plant and it made me think how wonderful it is to be a fish swimming in an incredible aquarium. They are like an exotic slice of nature wonders in your living room. The best part of it is that you can see them every now and then.
So today, I will share with you my ideas about purchasing the right aquarium plants for your fish and what they are all about and how you and your pet fish can benefit from it.
There are two types of aquarium plants:
- Foreground Aquarium Plants
- Mid-ground and Background Aquarium Plants
Here are some of the Foreground Aquarium Plants that you can choose from:
Java Moss (Vesicularia dubyana)
This is the first aquarium plant type I have purchased for my pet fish because it can be left floating or attached to a surface like wood or rockworks. You can anchor it in place with fishing line or another tie then you can remove the ties when plant has been attached already. My fish loved it so much because it also forms like mats in which fishes can hide or play around.
- Narrowleaf Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus)
This one is also known as Pygmy Chain Sword because of its grasslike form. This type of aquarium plant is one of the smallest of sword family. It is also one of the excellent choices as foreground plant for your aquarium. It is tolerant of a wide range of water conditions and it requires moderate to high lighting to maintain its small size features.
Now, here are some of the Mid-ground and Background Aquarium Plants:
Amazon Sword (Echinodorus bleheri)
Today, I change my aquarium plants and shifted to this type. It is one of the most iconic aquarium plants used in the hobby and for me, it is what most people visualize when they think about aquarium plants. Basically, it is the most used and probably the most coveted aquarium plants ever.
Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
It is probably one of the hardest plants that can tolerate wide range of conditions, from lower lighting as well as the higher pH and hard water of cichlid aquariums and aquariums with higher lighting. It is really good for bigger aquariums and bigger fishes too.
Give some of these plants a try and we’ll see you until the next blog folks!
–Janet Avers, Staff Writer