10 Best Low Maintenance Aquarium Plants

Updated on: June 2021

Best Low Maintenance Aquarium Plants in 2021


Greenpro Dwarf Hairgrass Live Aquarium Plants Tissue Culture Cup Freshwater Fish Tank Decorations

Greenpro Dwarf Hairgrass Live Aquarium Plants Tissue Culture Cup Freshwater Fish Tank Decorations
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Micro Sword Aquarium Live Plant - Easy Foreground Carpet Plant

Micro Sword Aquarium Live Plant - Easy Foreground Carpet Plant
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • IMPORTANT: Please note that during times of extreme weather, live plants will suffer due to extreme temperatures. During winter, do not order live plants when temperatures are expected to go below 20F at the lowest point during the day. During summer, avoid ordering plants when temperatures are above 100F.
  • You get one Micro Sword Plant clump of about 1 to 2 inches wide, grass length of 2 to 3 inches tall. An easy aquarium plant specie for any freshwater aquarium
  • Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates
  • Very low maintenance and fast growing plant; great for beginners and experienced aquarium hobbyists
  • Does not need special or high intensity lighting; can be kept in any freshwater aquarium

Luffy Cichlid Marimo Moss Balls, Jumbo Pack of Aesthetically Beautiful Plants, Create Healthy Environment for Aquatic Pets, Low Maintenance Live Plant, Shrimps & Snails Love Them, 10-Pack

Luffy Cichlid Marimo Moss Balls, Jumbo Pack of Aesthetically Beautiful Plants, Create Healthy Environment for Aquatic Pets, Low Maintenance Live Plant, Shrimps & Snails Love Them, 10-Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • BRING HOME A LIVE PLANT THAT BENEFITS YOUR AQUARIUM --- The 10 Cichlid LUFFY Moss Balls are live plants that absorb all the gunk that gets accumulated in a tank over a period of time. Fish excreta, and debris disturbs the environs of the water tank. If the marimo moss ball is present in the water tank, they suck these materials. These balls thus, help in creating a thriving atmosphere for the aquatic species.
  • PREVENTS EXCESSIVE DIRT GROWTH --- Just like other live plants, marimo moss balls also require food to grow. Therefore, they absorb all the unwanted elements present in the water leaving a scant room for any other gunk to thrive.
  • REAL MARIMOS ARE NOT ALWAYS SPHERICAL & MIGHT HAVE SOME BROWN SPOTS ON THEM --- As you buy LUFFY Marimo Moss Balls, you should be able to differentiate between a real and a fake marimo. The genuine marimo will not always be spherical in shape or lush green in color. It is perfectly ok to have some brown spots. However, if you do find sparkling green and perfectly spherical marimos, there are high chances that they are cultured marimos.
  • ADDS TO THE AESTHETIC BEAUTY & ARE LOW MAINTENANCE --- LUFFY prohibits the usage of dye that imparts artificial green color to the moss balls. We believe in selling genuine marimo moss balls, expect to receive regular/irregular shaped moss balls which are not always in deep green color. Undoubtedly, the marimo moss balls add to the aesthetic beauty of the aquarium and are very easy to care for. They simply require some light and freshwater.
  • SNAIL-PROOF AND LOVED BY SHRIMPS --- Some snails love to feed on live plants, but when it comes to the LUFFY marimo moss balls, they nibble or eat food off it just like a shrimp. Shrimps, on the other hand, gorge on the green stuff and munch on any particle they like. We recommend keeping the marimo moss balls away from fishes such as Koi or goldfish as it’s a tasty snack for them. It’s completely safe for them, but you don’t want your one pet to eat your plant pet.

GOTDCO. Moss Ball,Low Maintenance Unique Live Plant,Aquarium Shrimp Fish Tank Betta Ball Filter Holder Appealing Backdrop Healthy Aquatic Pet Environment Gift for Educational DIY Project (White)

GOTDCO. Moss Ball,Low Maintenance Unique Live Plant,Aquarium Shrimp Fish Tank Betta Ball Filter Holder Appealing Backdrop Healthy Aquatic Pet Environment Gift for Educational DIY Project (White)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • ➤ ADDS TO THE AESTHETIC BEAUTY --- We believe in selling moss balls, expect to receive regular/irregular shaped moss balls which are not always in deep green color. Undoubtedly, the moss balls add to the aesthetic beauty of the aquarium.
  • ➤ TOY FOR YOUR BETTA --- Bettas love to move stuff around and our Betta Balls make the perfect toys for your watery pet. Therefore, not only do they help to keep your betta’s entertained.
  • ➤ AN HEIRLOOM GIFT --- It is a favorite toy of fish, betta, and shrimps. They love playing with it and some use it as their hiding spot.The moss balls is a live plant that serves as an excellent gift for your friend or loved ones because it signifies everlasting love.
  • ➤ SATISFACTION GUARANTEED WARRANTY---We proudly stand behind all of our products 100%. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us because our number one goal is customer satisfaction and we are committed to making it right for you.
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SunGrow Aquarium Temple Plant Seeds, 2 Ounce, Improves Water Color and Quality, Easy to Grow with Minimal Maintenance, Vibrant Green Tropical Hygrophila Plant for Freshwater Fish Tanks, 1 Pack

SunGrow Aquarium Temple Plant Seeds, 2 Ounce, Improves Water Color and Quality, Easy to Grow with Minimal Maintenance, Vibrant Green Tropical Hygrophila Plant for Freshwater Fish Tanks, 1 Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • ✔ BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHTLY COLORED AQUATIC PLANT --- Native to South-East Asia, the vibrant green giant hygrophila is commonly used in aquascaping for many reasons besides its natural beauty. The reasonable hardiness and stem reaching to 1.5-3 inches wide and 10-15 inches high make this live aquarium tropical plant perfect for freshwater aquariums especially large tanks.
  • ✔ IMPROVES WATER COLOR AND QUALITY --- All plants have the ability to convert carbon dioxide into much needed oxygen that fish and aquatic life require in order to survive. Plants also absorb CO2 and nitrates produced by fish waste creating a natural ecosystem and healthy habitat for your fish. The best thing about hygrophila is that it grows fast and helps keep aquarium water clean by removing nitrates, making it an ideal choice for the new aquarists.
  • ✔ EXCITING, INTERACTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR AQUATIC PETS --- This undemanding and extremely attractive giant hygrophila covers a large surface in just a short span of time creating a stunning, dynamic underwater environment. It is completely safe for betta, shrimp, mollies, guppies and other freshwater fish to play in.
  • ✔ EASY TO GROW WITH MINIMAL MAINTENANCE --- Once you receive your seeds, simply spread the seeds into the moist soil along the bottom of your freshwater aquarium. The plant requires moderate sunlight and thrives in 74°- 82°F water temperature having an alkalinity of 3 to 8 dKH and a pH of 6.5-7.5. Since this carpet plant grows quickly, it is recommended to trim it regularly and give it a high amount of sunlight to thrive.
  • ✔ NATURALLY SPREADS ACROSS YOUR TANK --- When they are young, they look like the most popular carpeting plants, and when they completely grow, they form dense, lush stem plants over the floor of your tank. The regular trimming will keep these plants flat onto the ground creating a lush and gorgeous aquascape for you and your visitors. To promote even quicker growth, simply remove a few leaves from the bottom 1" to 2" of the stem, and new root growth will form from the last node on the stem.

Luffy Betta Coco Mini Moss, 3x1.75 Inches, Java Moss on a Coconut Shell, Fun for Fish to Swim Around and Hide, Low Maintenance Plant on Hardy Shell, Beautiful Aquatic Decor for Betta Tank (1 Pack)

Luffy Betta Coco Mini Moss, 3x1.75 Inches, Java Moss on a Coconut Shell, Fun for Fish to Swim Around and Hide, Low Maintenance Plant on Hardy Shell, Beautiful Aquatic Decor for Betta Tank (1 Pack)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • ✔ PROVIDES PLACE FOR BETTA TO SWIM AND HIDE --- Young betta fish may be a little more cautious in a new home and need a little coaxing to come out and play. The Mini Moss Coco Shell from Luffy is an excellent place for your betta pets to swim around and hide in, providing them with endless hours of entertainment.
  • ✔ PROVIDES PLACE FOR BETTA TO SWIM AND HIDE --- Young betta fish may be a little more cautious in a new home and need a little coaxing to come out and play. The Mini Moss Coco Shell from Luffy is an excellent place for your betta pets to swim around and hide in, providing them with endless hours of entertainment.
  • ✔ LOW MAINTENANCE WITH GROWTH POTENTIAL --- Not only is the Luffy Coco Mini Moss beautiful, but it is also very easy to care for, making it a favorite for both new and expert aquarium enthusiasts. The fuss-free moss is hardy, slow growing and can survive in many different water conditions. Over time, watch as your moss grows and spreads throughout your tank creating a breathtaking aquascape.
  • ✔ PRE-ANCHORED AND NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED --- As moss is lightweight and can easily float away, the Luffy Coco Mini Moss conveniently comes already tied to an organic coconut husk to weigh down the plant. Once your aquatic decor arrives, it is ready to be placed into the tank. Simply drop it to the bottom wherever you see fit.
  • ✔ GREAT FOR BETTAS AND OTHER AQUATIC PETS --- Even though the Luffy Mini Moss is especially ideal for betta fish tanks, it can also be placed in many freshwater aquariums with other species of pet fish. Corydoras, tetra, gourami, shrimp, snails and more love to play around and relax on the pretty aquarium decoration.

capetsma Aquascape Tools, Long Stainless Steel Aquarium Plant Tools Aquarium Tweezers Scissors Spatula Tool Set Bonsai Kit Algae Scrapers Aquarium Cleaning Kit for Fish Tank Starter kit

capetsma Aquascape Tools, Long Stainless Steel Aquarium Plant Tools Aquarium Tweezers Scissors Spatula Tool Set Bonsai Kit Algae Scrapers Aquarium Cleaning Kit for Fish Tank Starter kit
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • 5 in 1 Aquascaping tools - 10.6" Straight Tweezer, 10.6" Curved Tweezer, 9.8" Aquatic Curved Scissor / bonsai scissors, 13" Substrate Spatula, 100 strips PH Tester 1-14, Comes with a decent velvet pouch, for you to package well when not in use.
  • Premium Quality and Minimizing interference - Forged stainless steel with excellent flexibility and rustproof material, specially designed Anti-slip clip end, instead of putting your hands into water , These Aquarium Plant Tools can prevent accidental injuries?to your aquatic plants and bring debris all over the aquarium?;
  • Must-have Aquarium Starter Kit - It works wonderful for precision pruning, rearranging, maintaining, cleaning, trimming, grooming aquatic plants, does not disturb the rest of the decor/plants, or accurately spot feeding without unnecessarily contaminating water or getting soaked.
  • Multi-function - Great for taking care of all types of aquarium plants, clean fish tank substrate and aquarium gravel. Also, it can be used as Algae Scrapers and Bonsai tools, helps maintain a clean fish tank and beautiful yard.
  • Your satisfaction is our lifetime goal. We are committed to providing you with the most satisfactory products. The package includes 5 aquascape tools with 80 strips PH Tester. If you discover some parts missing when you receive it,contact us,we promise to resend it.

minerlele 15.7 inch Tall Artificial Aquarium Plants Plastic for Fish Tank Decoration Ornament Large Plant, Safe for All Fish 7.09 inch Wide

minerlele 15.7 inch Tall Artificial Aquarium Plants Plastic for Fish Tank Decoration Ornament Large Plant, Safe for All Fish 7.09 inch Wide
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Lifelike water plant ornament. Once it's in the tank you can't even tell it's made of plastic.
  • Vibrant colors: Invigorate aquarium decor with vibrantly-colored artificial plants, add a bold splash of color to brighten your aquarium landscape. Lifelike water plant ornament give you feelings of aquatic plants with water flowing.
  • Lifelike water plant ornament; The tree style plastic plant can not only decorate your aquarium but also provide fish with a comforting shelter
  • Low maintenance: Unlike live plants, plastic artificial plants don’t need specialised lighting and nutritious substrates. they won't die, grow too large, or become tattered and unattractive. they don't need any pruning, and will stay beautiful season after season.
  • Plant part, made of plastic. Base, made of ceramic. Safe for fish.

Luffy Nano Betta Balls, 0.4 Inch, Aquarium Play Toy for Betta Fish, Creates Aesthetically Appealing Backdrop, Round-Shaped Marimo Balls, Supports 5-10 Gallon Tanks, Low-Maintenance, 6 Pack

Luffy Nano Betta Balls, 0.4 Inch, Aquarium Play Toy for Betta Fish, Creates Aesthetically Appealing Backdrop, Round-Shaped Marimo Balls, Supports 5-10 Gallon Tanks, Low-Maintenance, 6 Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • SMALL AND PRETTY ADDITION TO YOUR BETTA TANK --- These LUFFY Betta Balls are beautiful marimos that are a great addition for your betta’s tank. They are nano-sized, between 0.4 and 0.6 inches, and add color to your tank.
  • BETTA TANK CLEANER --- LUFFY Betta Balls will help to keep your fish tank clean. Marimo moss balls absorb debris and fish excreta that tend to contaminate your betta’s surroundings.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TOY FOR YOUR BETTA --- Bettas love to move stuff around and nano LUFFY Betta Balls make the perfect toys for your watery pet. Therefore, not only do they help to keep your betta’s environment clean, but they also provide them with entertainment.
  • IDEAL TEMPERATURE FOR THRIVING --- Avoid temperature of 84°F (29°C) or higher. Marimo is a slow-growing plant, however, its growth rate will be expedited at a temperature of between 68°F - 77°F (20°C - 25°C). Note: When Marimo grows, simply roll the marimo on your palm gently in a circular direction. - Place marimo under indoor lighting/ natural lighting. Keep it away from heat. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • EASY MAINTENANCE --- LUFFY Betta Balls require practically no maintenance. All they need are some light, freshwater, and something to feed off of. Basically, everything you already have in your betta’s tank. The only other additional maintenance is that when you change your betta’s water, you have to give the Betta Balls a squeeze over a sink or bucket to help remove any built-up accumulated over time. When done, simply toss it back in the tank. This will retain the round shape of the balls.

Jeeco Aquarium Scissor Tweezers Spatula Tool - 4 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquatic Plants Aquascaping Tools Set for Fish Starter Kits & Aquariums Tank

Jeeco Aquarium Scissor Tweezers Spatula Tool - 4 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquatic Plants Aquascaping Tools Set for Fish Starter Kits & Aquariums Tank
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • 4 in 1 Aquascaping tools - Straight Tweezer, Curved Tweezer, Aquatic Curved Scissor, Spatula. Comes with a decent velvet pouch, for you to package well when not in use.
  • Forged Stainless Steel Material - Made of durable stainless steel material with excellent flexibility and will never suffer rust. The ridged handle will provide secure, comfortable grips on your fingers.
  • Anti Slip Clips - Both the straight and curved tweezer has serrated tips to help grip stuff securely without ever slipping off. You can use these tweezers to feed and handle live food for larger aquatic pets or corals.
  • Safe & Minimizing interference - Specially designed delicate clip end, no harm to your small or thin water plants, minimum water disturbance rather than use hand directly, helps prevent accidental injuries to your reptile's mouth.
  • Versatile - Great for all types of aquarium plants, fish tank substrate, gravel and other Aquarium decorations. The key benefit is that it allows precision plant trimming and maintenance that does not disturb the rest of the decor/plants.

Low Tech Aquarium Guide

A less expensive, yet very practical way to keep and maintain a freshwater aquarium.

The well kept-home aquarium enhances the warmth and beauty of any room in the house that it graces. It is art and it is science, as it literally and figuratively brings life into any home. It is a natural conversation piece and a source of pride for the whole family. That being said, let's get started.

Once you have purchased your aquarium you need to find a place for it in your home. Location will be the key factor here. Assuming of course you have purchased an aquarium stand with your aquarium you can pick your placement. If your home aquarium does not have a stand, you will need a well constructed stand to support the weight of the aquarium as well as its contents.

When placing your aquarium in it's location be sure to avoid areas of high traffic, those prone to direct sunlight, and areas with drafts from the home ventilation system. Staying clear of these areas will keep your tank from algae outbreaks, fluctuating temperatures, and a stress free environment for your tank inhabitants.

Now that you've placed your aquarium in its permanent home, you can begin setting it up. First you will need to add the substrate. The most commonly used substrate is aquarium gravel. This however is not the least expensive of your choices. Gravel is great for it's ability to maintain and it comes in a vast array of colors. But, this guide is for practical fish keeping. A less expensive alternative would be using Play Sand. Yes, the sand you romped around in making castles in your sand box as a child. It comes in 50lb bags for prices as low as $3.99! A 50lb bag will provide a 1" substrate for aquariums up to 55 gallons. Therefor, if your aquarium is smaller than 55 gallons, you can have a 2" substrate with a little left over. Play Sand gives a more natural look to your home aquarium as well as providing a more natural environment for your tank mates.

It is time to grab the buckets. You are now ready to begin filling your aquarium with water. Before doing so, place a dinner plate on top of the substrate to avoid disrupting substrate. Now you may begin pouring your dechlorinated water. There are additives that you can use to clean your tap water of chemicals that are used in the treatment facilities. They are fairly inexpensive but will save you money in the long run as your fish will not tolerate chlorine in their water! If you have well water in your home, you will not need any water conditioners to purify your water.

Fill the aquarium half way then set the buckets aside. With today's prices, the aquarium decorations available on the market are not as inexpensive as they used to be. So, the less expensive decor is the natural decor. You can find your aquarium decorations as close as your back yard! It is all up to your particular taste as to what you have your aquarium customized. Things to look for are rocks that can provide a center piece as well as pieces of driftwood.

Once you have collected your natural decor from the wild, you can begin cleansing it. Driftwood as well as rocks, contain bacteria found outside. That bacteria may not be beneficial to your home aquarium so you will need to rid your decor of it. For driftwood you have a few options which are all fairly simple to do at home.

When you first get your piece of driftwood home, be sure that it is a hard wood and not a soft wood. You will want hard wood as softwood begins to rot in the aquarium over time and will leach saps into the water at a very fast rate. Stick with a clean piece of hard driftwood without any rotten or bug infested parts.

You will need to scrub your driftwood with a clean brush to remove any dirt or debris. No chemicals or detergents can be used here as it will poison your fish. Now you must sterilize your driftwood so it can be used in your aquarium. These are methods used by most aquatic keepers today and all are very simple tasks to complete. Just choose which method suits you best as they all will have the same effect.

Bake It: For driftwood you will need to place the wood in your oven at 200-215 degrees Fahrenheit. The wood will need to bake for at least 2-12 hours hours depending on the size of the piece. This method however, will dry out the driftwood making it harder to sink.

Boil It: If you have a pot big enough and a piece small enough, this is the way to go. Boiling the wood will not only sterilize it, but it will also help the wood sink in your aquarium. Be sure to let the wood cool for a few hours once boiling it so it does not raise the temperature of your aquarium.

Wash It: Another way to sterilize your natural decor is to wash it in your home dishwasher. You will need to do a normal cleaning but do not add any detergent. Be sure to turn off the Heater Dry so that your wood stays soaked and will sink upon placement into your aquarium.

Freeze It: This particular method is best for smaller pieces as well as for your rocks. Place the decor in a plastic grocery bag once it has been scrubbed and cleaned. Let the wood or rocks freeze for around 8 hours. After doing so, simply take the decor out of the bag, run it under hot water for a few minutes and it's ready to go!

Please note that it will take a few weeks for your driftwood to sink in your aquarium. You can mount the piece to a piece of cleaned slate using screws to speed up the process. Other methods include situating rocks around the piece of driftwood to hold it down until the wood water logs. Placing the rocks around the driftwood in a decorative fashion will also aid in the final product of your aquarium.

Now that your driftwood is prepared, it is time to add your plants. Although plants are not very expensive to purchase, this is a guide for low cost setups. That being said, the best solution to getting plants at low cost is to find other keepers in your area. Joining forums or keeper clubs will network you with other aquarists who will most likely give you clippings for free.

Live aquatic plants need trimming just as well as terrestrial plants. Therefor, instead of just tossing the healthy clippings into the garbage, keepers will give them away or sell them to next to nothing. All you need are a few sprouts planted, the right conditions, and you will have an aquatic jungle!

For a low budget aquarium, you will need "low light" plants. This way, they will prosper in the same lighting that came with your aquarium. These plants include but are not limited to, Java Fern, Java Moss, Anubias, Christmas Moss, and Crypts. All will do very will with standard viewing lighting.

You may also find plants that are native to your waters. In the America's, these will include Duckweed, Cabomba, Anacharis, and Water Lillies. Just be aware that some of these plants are intrusive and may take over your tank. Frequent trimmings will keep the intrustive species at bay however.

You should now begin filling your aquarium to the top with water. Once full, you can start your aquarium filter, heater, and lighting. Let the aquarium stay running for at least two weeks before adding any livestock. The aquarium has to go through a bacteria cycle producing the bacteria your fish need to survive.

It is good practice to change at least 10% of your aquariums water on a weekly basis. This will keep the ammonia levels down and provide a clean living space for your fish. Most fish keepers buy test kits to keep track of the ph, nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia levels in their aquarium. These test kits can begin to add to costs and there is a free alternative.

Most, if not all, fish and pet stores will test your water for free. All you need is something to put a water sample in and to take it to your local pet store. The employee will test your water and give your results as well as tell you how to fix any problems that may be occurring in your tank. I would recommend having your water checked at least every two weeks. Once your water gets passed by their test kits you can begin adding fish.

There are many places to get your fish. The least expensive that I have seen are buying them from others in your area. Many keepers post unwanted fish needing to be rehomed online and on forums for next to nothing. If something has outgrown their tank or has spawned, they will practically give them away. This is another good reason to find a local fish keeping forum, as many users will post fish they need rehomed within the forum.

Breeding fish is not rocket science in any sense of the word. Therefor, many keepers that have fish that may be spawning need to get rid of the fry. This is a good chance to get healthy fish from water parameters close to your own and for a very reasonable price. Just be sure to research the fish you have in mind to be sure it will be compatible with any other tank inhabitants.

There is a limitless supply of information about aquarium keeping on the internet and in books. This guide will surely get you started in the right direction. No matter how far you may take your participation in this wondrous hobby, you will always come away with the feeling that your life has been enchanced and enriched.

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