List of freshwater aquarium plant species

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Aquatic plants are used to give the aquarium a natural appearance, oxygenate the water, and provide habitat for fish, especially fry (babies) and for invertebrates. Some aquarium fish and invertebrates also eat live plants. Hobbyists use aquatic plants for aquascaping, with one aesthetic style spearheaded by Japanese aquarist Takashi Amano.

Most of these plant species are found either partially or fully submersed in their natural habitat. Although there are a handful of obligate aquatic plants that must be grown entirely under water, most can grow fully emersed if the soil is moist.

Contents

Listed alphabetically by scientific name

The taxonomy of most plant genera is not final. Scientific names listed here may therefore contradict other sources.

Common aquarium plant species:

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