Many novices or new aquarists are often drawn to a beautiful and vibrant-looking
plant species that they think is perfect for their first tank. However,
these people are often upset or disappointed when their seemingly-perfect
plant winds up rotting away within a few weeks of purchasing it. This
is because it can sometimes be hard to tell what plants are capable of
living their entire lives submerged under the water and which need to
be planted terrestrially or given an ability to grow up and out of the
water to live. So to help you avoid the mistake of choosing a plant that’s
going to be doomed from the start, avoid these species if you plan on
planting them submerged completely.
Sweet flag (acorus sp.) – These are related to irises used to ornament ponds
and landscaping, which means that while they thrive in aquatic areas,
they’re not suited for submerged growth.
Joseph’s Coat (alternanthera ficoidea) – This plant is often marketed specifically
to aquariums, and has a nasty habit of giving owners false hope. Often
sold as cuttings, this plant tends to take root quickly from stems, but
the foliage quickly dies out and make a nasty mess in your tank.
Spider plant (chlorophytum sp.) – Also known as “airplane plant”
this is the same stuff that you frequently find planted in sunny windows.
The roots tend to take well in fully-submerged aquatic environments, but
the leaves don’t do quite as well, leading to a plant that dies fast.
Brazilian swords (spathiphyllium sp.) – Also called “peace lilies”, these
plants are often mistaken for water dwellers due to their ability to be
grown hydroponically with ease. The roots tend to take well to fully-submerged
environments, but leaves and blossoms die quickly underwater. However,
they’re good for small tanks, such as beta vases, where the plant
itself can come up and out of the water to thrive.
Aluminum Plant (pilea cadierei) – With a name like “aluminum plant”
you’d think this species would be much hardier and tougher than
it really is. This plant is known for its silver-spotted foliage that
offers a soft and appealing look. However, what it doesn’t offer
is durability in water.
A Los Angeles custom aquariums expert can help you choose the ideal plant
life for your tank, matched perfectly to your experience and skill level.
Call Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc. today at (310) 626-1448 to find out more information!