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Fast Growing Aquarium Plants

Fast growing plants can be oh so satisfying. Especially if you’ve never grown aquarium plants before. Plants such as Hydrocotyle Leucocephala, Cardamine Lyrata, Vallisneria, Bacopa, Rotala RotundifoliaHydrophila Angustifolia and Hygrophila Polysperma all grow incredibly quickly, with very little effort most of the time! They will give you an almost instant sense of achievement, as within a couple of weeks you will notice significant growth.

Sometimes they can even be a  job manage! As weekly or bi-weekly pruning is often required…especially in high light set ups. If you are going for the ‘Jungle Style’ look then these plants are perfect to leave running wild.

Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'

Hygrophila Polysperma Rosanervig ^

If you’re a beginner, I would always recommend going for a few fast growing stem plants. As well as the almost instant sense of achievement, they do an incredibly good job at helping fight away algae by eating unwanted nutrients and waste products that algae thrive off. They are particularly useful  in a new set up, where the aquarium is yet to mature. During start up, there is often a large build of of organic waste products (which is why we need to carry out more water changes until the tank has matured). Fast growing plants such as the ones mentioned above, help remove these impurities and fight algae away.

DO fertilize your planted aquarium in plentiful amounts when housing fast growing plants (such as TNC Complete). They will eat many nutrients quickly. You don’t want your water column drained from the vital nutrients plants need to stay healthy. A nutrient limited environment is also a perfect setting for algae to settle in!

With CO2 injection, growth can be rapid. Some plants will grow like weeds, especially the ones already mentioned at the beginning of this post.

When the time comes to prune your plants (when they have almost reached the surface) trim down over half way the first time you trim. Each place you cut, 2 or 3 new shoots will appear. This will encourage the plants to become more bushy, and have a more compact appearance. ‘Leggy’ plants are unsightly and do not bring out the true beauty of the plant. Cuttings can be re-planted to form a new plant. You can plant cuttings in groups of 2 or 3.

Ludwigia Glandulosa

Luwigia Glandulosa ^

My top 10 tips with fast growing aquarium plants look like this:

  1. Plant fast growing plants right from the beginning, as these plants help maintain stability of the tank whilst it matures.
  2. DO fertilize generously – these plants eat ALOT fast.
  3. If your a beginner, I would certainly recommend starting with some fast growing stem plants.
  4. Prune often to encourage bushy and compact growth.
  5. Re-plant cuttings to create new plants.
  6. Do not let these types of plants overshadow other smaller plants below.
  7. Ensure the lower leaves have access to light, else they might die off. Prune as necessary.
  8. Some fast growing plants send out runners, such as Vallisneria. These are also great for beginners. 
  9. If you have a hight light set up, CO2 is recommend as with all plants.
  10. Remove dead leaves as they appear, they will not recover and the plant will have a better chance of recovering with new fresh leaves.

Why not try some fast growing aquarium plants? I would definitely recommend them if your new to the hobby or planning on starting a new planted tank!

A Sneak Peek at how we Hold Plants

Here at Aquarium gardens, we like nothing more than excellent quality aquatic plants. After all, a beautiful aquascape starts with beautiful healthy plants.

We like to do things differently, and we like to do things that make sense. Many shops hold their aquatic plants in holding tanks full of water. This may seem the obvious way to hold plants, however, this is not how they are produced. Therefore, what we like to do is hold our plants emersed. What’s required is a humid environment, nutrient dosing at the roots & light. As the plants are out of water, there is no worry of algae. And this opens up a whole new way of keeping plants. The end result is simply brilliant! The quality is right up there.

We can guarantee that your plants will be:

  • Algae free
  • Snail free
  • Shrimp friendly
  • Strong, healthy and bursting with life!

Here’s a quick peek at some of our carpeting plants in one of our holding tanks:

Aquarium Plants Emersed

And the end result…carpet plants ready to be shipped to one of our customers!

carpet aquarium plants

If you would like to look at our range of high quality aquarium plants, check out our aquarium plant store here.

Quality Plants Deserve Quality Packaging

As you may know by now, Aquarium Gardens now stock high quality plants from European producers. We also store these plants just like our producers would grow them, meaning our plants are always the best!

To ensure our customers receive their plants in the condition they were sent, we make sure the packaging is up to scratch as well.

Here’s a break down of our packaging service:

Plants are packaged up into air sealed bags to hold moisture in and to secure them in place.

Aquarium Plants packaging

They are then wrapped up in bubble wrap or shredded paper to protect them from any damage during transit.

Secure Packing

The box is sealed firmly with fragile tape, ensuring your package is handled with care.

Aquarium Plants are Fragile

If you would like to know more about our delivery service click here

Welcome to our brand new Blog!

Aquarium Gardens

Out with the old and in with the new…welcome to our brand new blog!

Anything and everything to do with planted aquariums is what we’re about. Besides selling aquatic plants on-line,  we really do enjoy planted aquariums, after all the business began as a hobby. This blog is dedicated to sharing our knowledge and passion for all things planted aquariums. Whether it be hints and tips on CO2 in the aquarium, or updates on the latest plants we sell, we’re sure to keep you updated with what’s going on here at Aquarium Gardens.

Where to find us:

Our on-line shop



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