Hornwort: The Ultimate Guide

Hornwort live aquarium plant

Hornwort (ceratophyllum) is a popular aquarium plant. It is also known as Coon’s Tail – for the obvious reason that it looks a bit like the tail of a racoon. Hornwort is a floating plant that does not put down roots, though it can be anchored down into the substrate of the tank with weights. … Read more

Anubias barteri plants

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Anubias barteri is a flowering plant that hails from the west of Africa. In the wild, it can be found growing in streams, rivers and marshes.

Anubias barteri has a lush green coloration and large, flat individual arrow-shaped leaves located at the end of sturdy stems. The plant can grow to as much as a foot across and a foot tall.

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Water Wisteria

Water Wisteria

Water Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis) is found in its natural habit in the marshlands of the Indian subcontinent. Confusingly, it is not related to the land-based plant of the same name. Wisteria has attractive lacy-looking leaves, which range in color from light to dark green. The color of your plant depends on your tank conditions. Wisteria … Read more

Water Sprite

Water Sprite

Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides) is an aquatic fern found in many places around the world. It’s often found rooted in muddy areas on the floor of lakes and ponds.

It is a soft leaved green plant with numerous fronds, which make for perfect cover for smaller goldfish and newly hatched fry.

While Water Sprite is usually planted into the substrate of the tank, it can also be left floating freely.

The plant has a fine and delicate root structure and gets its nutrients from the water rather than the substrate. It generally grows to around a foot tall.

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Java Fern

Java Fern

The Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) is an amphibious plant from Southeast Asia, which grows in the wild along the banks of streams and rivers. It is equally happy fully submerged, or projecting partially out of the water.

It is one of the most visually appealing plants to include within the goldfish tank, with long, flat leaves in a mid-green shade that grow to around 8” tall.

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Duckweed

Duckweed

Duckweed (Lemnoideae) is the most commonly chosen floating plant within goldfish tanks. Duckweed comes in a variety of sizes, from under a millimetre up to the size of lily pads.  It’s easily recognisable, with bright green leaves floating on the surface of the tank. The plant grows in many parts of the world, including America, … Read more