5 Aquarium Plants You Should Try in Your Next Terrarium or Paludarium
Did you know that many of the aquarium plants we know and love to grow in our fish tanks can also be grown
Or above the water’s surface completely? Aquarium Co-Op carries many plants grown in water from the farms they are sourced. We begin the process of converting them into their proper habitat.
You can enjoy the underwater form in your fish tanks. Hobbyists are searching for emersed grown aquarium plants to use within their enclosed glass container ecosystems. These include planted terrariums of their pet frogs or amphibians and paludariums that combine both land and water environments. This list contains aquatic plants that can grow from water if you want to add greenery to your humid paludarium or terrarium.
Bacopa caroliniana and Bacopa monnieri, both moneyworts, are great candidates for a paludarium. Although these plants will tolerate growing under water, if they are left to their own devices, the stems will eventually reach the surface of the water. Bacopa species will grow happily in a dry environment, provided they have water and are kept moist. Because they do not require intense lighting or high humidity, they are very easy to grow. It is a wonderful way to see the tiny, delicate flowers that bacopa produces.
Java Moss, and Other Mosses
Java moss can grow outside of the aquarium, much like the moss covered trees and rocks in nature. Java moss requires high humidity and constant moisture to thrive. However, it can make a wonderful addition to any moist, terrestrial environment. It will spread and cover any surface it is attached to, creating a soft, luscious carpet. It can also grow in half water and half water, creating a lovely effect.
Brazilian pennywort, or Hydrocotyle Leucocephala, is a fun and easy plant to grow. The umbrella-shaped leaves of this plant are best when planted under water. This creates little shade areas in aquariums. However, when the plant is grown out of water, this effect becomes even more dramatic. The leaves tend to grow more densely, and the stems are more rigid, creating a little bush of umbrella greenery that is perfect for little critters to take shelter. When emersed, Brazilian pennywort can produce tiny white flowers. This plant can grow very large and spread quickly if left to its own devices. If you keep it in a small container, make sure to trim it regularly.
In its natural habitat, anubias can often be found in semi-aquatic environments with many individuals growing in terrestrial soil near the bank of a river or stream. Although it is not fond of being too dry, Anubias species will happily grow in terrestrial environments. Although they do require high humidity and lots of water, they are extremely easy to grow. Their growth rate is comparable to that in an aquatic environment – slow and steady. It is a beautiful combination of anubias with mosses. In fact, the moss can help to keep the roots moist during their growth. This is a wonderful pair!
For another great choice with a pop of color, why not try scarlet temple or Alternanthera reineckii planted outside of an aquarium? This plant is not meant to be outside, but it would thrive in a humid environment such as a terrarium. The terrestrial scarlet temple can thrive in water, provided it has access to water and high humidity. It can produce stunning, pinkish-red foliage just like it does under water. This makes it an excellent accent or centerpiece to brighten up an otherwise dull background. It’s even common for scarlet temple plants to be grown out of water at plant farm facilities before they make their way to end users.
You might consider growing these plants in your aquarium, whether you are looking to create a new project or simply for fun. You may be surprised at the variety of plants you can create, and the different appearances that same plants can take when placed in different environments. This list is not limited to aquatic plants. Many of the aquatic plants we love can thrive even in an environment that doesn’t include a fish tank. For more information about aquarium plants, see our collection of planted tank articles.