Floating Aquarium Plants: Why and Which Ones You Should Choose

Floating plants used to be a huge attraction in this kind of world, but nowadays they are treated as an essential element of an aquarium. They provide food and they absorb harmful chemicals so they make sure the tank is in the best possible order. Let’s also make them even better, by saying that they are low-maintenance and that they grow really fast. The end goal is to try help you realize how much you need floating aquarium plants. But, which ones you need? Below you will see some of the best, low-maintenance plants of this kind.

1. Water lettuce

Water lettuce is the most beautiful plant of this kind. It has large leaves and it is easy to maintain. The only thing you should be aware of is that they eliminate the amount of light reaches the floor, so they must be controlled at all times. They also spread quickly, so make sure they don’t cover the entire tank. Fish likes this plant as well and it also makes the entire tank looks better. Due to the size, we will recommend them for 100+ gallon tanks, but they can be kept in smaller ones (in smaller numbers).

2. Amazon Frogbit

Once a leader, this plant is still the option to consider. It has a bit larger leaves than the plant mentioned below, so it is suitable for small, medium and even large tanks, depending on the number of the plants. We liked the fact it creates a unique atmosphere in a tank, so it is suitable for fish and creatures that prefer darker water. The next thing to consider is that the roots may clog the pump! Make sure that doesn’t happen by adding the net on the pipes.

3. Duckweed

This is a plant that can actually make you money. It grows really fast and it is small, so it is suitable for smaller tanks as well. It will cover the entire surface of a tank in a couple of weeks, so make sure you remove or sold it if that happens. The best part is that regardless do you look from above or from below, you will see beautiful green plants in your aquarium.

4. Hornwort

Hornwort is a rare plant that can be categorized as ‘’suspended’’. It is basically a floating plant, but it can be linked to the floor as well. It is native to the United Kingdom and it is very desirable. The main aspect of the plant is the ability to float and to regenerate quickly. Some of them may even reach 6 foot of length, so keep your eye on them. Small fish likes this plant, simply because it creates a wonderful hiding place.


All of these plants are just ideal for most of you. They are low-maintenance and they grow quickly, so even if you make a mistake, you will recover quickly. Try to remember that floating plants are a mandatory addition to your tank.