If you are looking for a new hobby which is creative, relaxing, and produces beautiful results for your home, aquascaping may be a great fit for you.
Aquascaping is the art of creating beautiful underwater landscapes in a fish tank which you can proudly display in your home.
You can use pretty much any size tank to create an aquascape, so even if you only have a small space in your home, you’ll be able to bring it to life with a beautiful underwater scene.
Using plants, rocks, driftwoods and other decorations you can make an idyllic aquatic landscape to admire each day.
Robert Woods, creator of FishKeeping World shares his top 10 plants to help you get started on your very own aquscape.
Best centerpiece plants
Centerpiece plants will be the focal point of your fish tank so you’ll want to choose a plant which stands out and is unique.
The Amazon Sword is an impressive plant which has earned its place as one of the most loved plants in the fishkeeping world. This plant can grow up to 16 inches so is ideal for a large tank set up. Amazon Sword is a bushy plant with sword like blades. If you want to use it as a focal plant, plant it slightly off centre, leaving the crown of the root visible.
Anubias Nana is a short plant with broad leaves. This ideal beginner’s plant is slow growing and doesn’t require much maintenance. It is very hardy and can grow in a variety of conditions. It is one of the shorter centerpiece plants, and grows well even in shady areas. This plant is happiest growing on the surface of something such as driftwood.
This classic aquarium plant is slow-growing and really easy to maintain, making it a popular choice for beginners. This plant doesn’t like to be buried, instead you will need to tie it with cotton to driftwood or rocks, and over a few weeks the plant will attach itself to the surface you’ve tied it to. Because it needs a piece of driftwood, or similar surface this will add another unique dynamic to an aquascaped tank.
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Best Carpet Plants
Carpet plants are great for creating a base for an aquarium. You can choose a thick mossy layer, or a more grass like plant which will replicate real grass on the bottom of your tank.
This very natural looking plant can provide your tank with a thick mossy bottom, bringing a bare tank to life. It’s so easy to plant and maintain which makes it perfect for beginners. As well as making a fantastic carpet plant, it can also be used to create underwater trees by attaching it to upstanding pieces of branch-like driftwood.
Dwarf Baby Tears
Also known as Cuba, this slow growing plant is the smallest carpet plant available. It is bright green in color and grows up to one inch high and four inches across. It has a very delicate look, and can be used to create an entire carpet, or just fill in areas in between rocks and driftwood.
If you’re looking for a grass like plant in your tank, Dwarf Hairgrass is the best plant to use. Similarly to the other two carpet plants, this can be used to create an entire carpet across the bottom of the tank. It’s hardy and adaptable making it perfect for beginners.
Best background plants
The best background plants are tall so that they can be seen even when other plants are placed in from of them.
Water Wisteria reaches up to 20 inches in height and tends to grow very quickly so will need trimming back every so often. It has bright green leaves that will create a dense bushy look on the back wall of your aquarium. This plant can also be used as a carpet as the stem stretches across the tank floor.
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Also known as Eelgrass and Tape Grass, this is a really popular aquarium plant which can grow in most water conditions. Jungle Vallisneria makes the perfect background plant due to its long grass like blades that can grow up to two feet in height.
The stems of this plant can grow up to 23 inches in height, and adapt well to most water conditions. This undemanding plant grows quite quickly and might need to be trimmed down depending on the size of your tank.
This is one of the most beautiful plants out there. It can grow up to 20 inches high, and two inches in width. It has a deep red colour and strong roots so it can be planted in almost any setup. Ludwigia Repens can also be left to float on the top of the water to create some unique interesting looks in your tank.