some suprising plants that will live in your tank
", actually members of the genera Egeria, Elodea
are either the most common species of aquarium plant or close to it.
spp. A large assemblage of African species and cultivars that are very resistant to both salt intrusion and fish predation.
spp., especially B. monniera
is found in brackish waters.
species. Beautiful, but easily fall apart when moved, and readily eaten. Take care to cut away rubber bands, remove lead weights, and gently plant individual stems if bought in typical "bunches".
Hornwort, Ceratophyllum demersum
et al. spp. (coontail to pond people). Cool and tropical water species occur. Generally unpalatable to brackish water fishes.
Water Sprite, Ceratopteris
spp. Amongst my favorite aquarium plants period. Beautiful, undemanding, adaptable. Here Ceratopteris cornuta
in a floating phase.
spp., particularly C. ciliata
is well-adapted to brackish water.
spp. The Pygmy Chain Sword, E. tenellus
is well-regarded as a part-marine species.
, particularly the more popular E. acicularis. Lives well in cool water, unheated aquariums. Of the 150 or so species, there are ones found in the tropics to the Arctic.
Hygrophila polysperma, Hygrophilia sticta
, many others. "Hygros". Distasteful to many brackish fishes. Do check on the individual species requirements. Most prefer pH's no greater than 7.5, some get very large, others more suitable as closely cropped foreground plants. Some occur in red colors. Emergent species. At right, H. polysperma at a wholesale growing facility.
Microsorium pteropus, Java Fern
. One of the best brackish water plant species. In fact, about the only regularly sold aquarium plant that is "naturally" brackish. Slow, but steady grower, attached to wood.
spp., Foxtails, Parrot Feather.
Banana Plant, Nymphoides
sp. Close relatives of water lilies.
spp. Tough, waxy leaves help this genus of attractive tall and short plant species to resist salt leaching and consumption by brackish fishes.
spp., particularly the "Giant" Val.s, like V. americana, hold up well to browsing and salt intrusion.
Vesicularia dubyana, Java Moss
. Can tolerate low to high light intensity, soft to very hard waters.
Best/hardiest brackish water plant species I have used
: Microsorium pteropus, Hygrophila polysperma, Sagittaria spp., Vallisneria spp., Echinodorus tenellus, Ceratopteris spp.,
5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012