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The Best Plants For Neon Tetras

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Plants For Neon Tetras. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Java Fern

This product was recommended by Alex Tinsman from How To Houseplant

Java fern is an aquatic plant that is a good choice for Neon Tetra tanks since they are slow- growing and do not require a substrate. They can be attached to rocks or driftwood in the tank. Neon tetras are small fishes with vibrant colors that are popularly kept in aquariums. They tend to thrive in aquariums with java fern plants. They have great root systems and aerate the tank ecosystem making it habitable. The java fern ensures that the aquarium has a natural setting look.

The Brazilian Pennywort

This product was recommended by Miguel Palma from JardinTienda

The Brazilian Pennywort, scientifically known as Hydrocotyle leucocephala, does a great job as an aquarium plant and is loved by neon tetras. It is a floating plant which is easy to care for and is great for beginners. The plant filters aquarium light due to the floating characteristic and enhances a more realistic tank environment. The Brazilian Pennywort is also great in lowering the temperature and moderating better in the aquarium. It requires moderate light and has a fast growth. They are also hardy and adaptable to different environments.

Amazon Sword Plant

This product was recommended by Melissa Terry from VEM-Tooling

The Amazon Sword plant is yet another acceptable live plant for Tetra aquaria. This plant can reach a mature height of 6 inches under optimal conditions; however, it may only get a few inches in height if its environment is too dark. As a result, the Amazon Sword may serve as either a foreground or a midground plant in Tetra aquaria. In terms of upkeep simplicity, it is about average. Although it is not the hardiest plant, it thrives in water conditions suitable for Tetra fish, provided it receives sufficient light.


This product was recommended by Melissa Terry from VEM-Tooling

It might remind you of a Lilypad if you’ve never seen a Frogbit before. A floating plant with bright green, tiny leaves scarcely more than an inch in diameter. This plant is perfect for Tetra tanks because it floats on the surface and doesn’t require any substrate or anchoring. This plant has low lighting demands and is adaptable to a wide range of water conditions, so it doesn’t need much of its caretaker.

Java Moss

This product was recommended by Irene Graham from Spylix

When it comes down to it, Java Moss is one of the greatest Tetra tank plants. For example, it can withstand harsh conditions and has a low barrier to entry for new plants. Although it does well in bright light, it doesn’t require it. You can use a fishing line or twine to secure this plant to rocks and driftwood. Java moss is interesting because it spreads like a carpet but only gets a couple of inches tall because it is a carpeting plant. It’s versatile enough to serve as a foreground, midground plant, or thick carpet.

Anubias Petite

This product was recommended by Irene Graham from Spylix

The Anubias petite, often known as a dwarf Anubias, is an excellent choice for smaller aquariums like Tetras. It’s perfect for the foreground and the middle area, and it only gets 3 inches tall, so it’s suitable even for Tetra tanks. It doesn’t pose much of a threat because it grows slowly. The green of the foliage is deep and healthy here. They’re spherical, measuring well under an inch in diameter, and provide excellent cover. Tetras may nibble on them, but not too much.

Ludwigia Repens

This product was recommended by Yarl Christie from Stories Flooring

Ludwigia Repens is one of the most popular red aquarium plants that also oxygenate well. For most beginners, this is the best choice of plants as it is easy to maintain and is able to tolerate wide range parameters. This plant can float in the aquarium and help filter light for the fish and you can place it at the bottom which would enable the fish to hide as well. Avoid planting it in synthetic sand as it would suffocate the roots, unless it is the authentic volcanic sand. The plant would thrive well in a Coldwater aquarium as well as a tropical aquarium.

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