10 Betta Fish Plants for Your Aquarium

Keeping live Betta Fish Plants for Your Aquarium in an aquarium can seem daunting to a novice keeper, but it’s not difficult. There are many hardy and beautiful freshwater fish that love the challenge of living among lush greenery so you may find yourself quite pleased with your decision once all is said done! Let’s take look at some common types of aquarium plant which are sure staples for any betta keen on cultivating his own little jungle world inside one container or another – these will grow happily alongside yours truly if given enough room (and general good health).

What is The Best Betta Fish Plants for Your Aquarium

Java Fern

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One of the most common and easiest to care for freshwater aquarium plants that is sure to thrive inside your betta tank is java fern (Microsorum pteropus). Java fern has a very slow rate of growth but don’t worry, since it makes such a good foreground plant you can easily mow it back on occasion. It requires very little light so be sure to keep it near any low wattage lighting or even in areas with strong natural lighting. If you keep java fern under bright lighting conditions you will need to trim it more often due to algae and/or fungal problems. This makes an excellent addition for not only the hardy betta fish, but also other community inhabitants such as platies or guppies.

Anubias

Another very versatile plant is anubias (Anubias barteri). This non-floating variety of plant will grow well in most lighting conditions and doesn’t require intense lighting to stay healthy, which makes it a good choice for betta keepers who have trouble with their lighting set up. Though this plant grows large enough to be placed into the substrate, it prefers to remain attached to objects such as rocks or driftwood while slowly growing outward from the base. Anubias comes in many different varieties from huge leaves on larger plants, low growing dwarf varieties, and even small creeping varieties that make excellent foreground plants!

Marimo Moss Ball

One of my favorite aquarium plants is the marimo moss ball (Aegagropila linnaei). Marimo are actually a species of algae called Aegagropila linnaei that naturally forms into a round shape and attaches to hard surfaces. It grows slowly but has a charming aesthetic appeal as the green algae balls grow larger with age. These can be kept in areas with no lighting, or under bright light where they should turn a dark brown color. The spherical shape of marimos makes them wonderful lawnmowers for bettas, so no trimming will ever be necessary!

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Cryptocoryne

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Cryptocoryne ciliata – also known as Red Crypt – is another great choice for many different types of water parameters. Although it can tolerate poor water conditions, cryptocoryne does best when the water is relatively soft and acidic. With its wide leaves and lovely red coloration, this makes a great plant for any freshwater aquarium garden. It’s actually quite easy to propagate from runners in order to create more plants!

Water Sprite

Water sprite (Ceratopteris cornuta) is a great option for anyone who likes grassy foreground plants in their tanks. This variety has feather-like leaves that grow up above the surface of the water along with grassy roots that will quickly spread throughout your substrate if there is adequate room. You can keep them under low or high lighting but they do especially well under fluorescent lighting due to their need for relatively low lighting conditions. This plant is also fantastic for the betta fish because their clumping nature makes them great at blocking light from lower plants while providing refuge to tiny creatures, such as shrimplets!

Betta Bulb

The Betta bulb (Limnophila aquatica) is a slow growing, but very large stem plant that prefers high lighting conditions in order to keep its long stems under control. It’s best used in tanks with tall backgrounds where lower plants won’t be affected by the tall leaves of Limnophila. Grow this one slow so it doesn’t overwhelm the rest of your tank, since you will have taller stem plants growing along with shorter ones. You can use this if you want to create a background for your tank that is hard to see through, or even as the main plant in your aquarium like you would an Echinodorus.

Sword Plant

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The sword plant (Echinodorus bleheri) is another large, heavily planted species of stem plant that prefers very high lighting conditions. This variety has long leaves and can quickly grow into thick clumps given the right conditions, so it’s best used in taller tanks with good water circulation to keep the lower leaves clean from algae buildup. You will want to trim this herbivore occasionally because its beauty comes at the cost of being extra hungry! However, if fed enough BettaBulb™ , it will be able to stay under control without overgrowing your tank.

Vallisneria

Vallisneria spiralis is a fantastic option for any aquarium gardener who wants to build their front or middle ground area with tall, grassy plants that stay under control even when planted densely. This variety has very thick leaves and rapid growth rates so you will want to trim it often in order to keep it from taking over your tank completely! This plant needs moderate lighting conditions and can adapt to most water quality parameters as long as the iron fertilization is high enough (around 1 ppm).

Pogostemon stellatus ‘Octopus’

Another great foreground plant is Pogostemon stellatus ‘Octopus’ which deserves its own special mention because not only is it very easy to grow, but the coloration of this variety makes it a wonderful choice for betta aquariums. This plant has incredibly dense leaves that are especially beautiful under bright lighting. Pogostemon stellatus ‘Octopus’ will also benefit from occasional trimming so be sure to keep it healthy and strong by removing brown leaves as needed.

Floating Plants

Last but not least, floating plants are great additions to any freshwater tank! They provide shade for sensitive lower plants while also improving water quality by acting as part of your biological filter system with their roots in the water column where they release oxygen into the water. Water Sprite is one of my favorites because its wispy leaves are almost invisible in the water, so it doesn’t block your view of the aquarium at all.