Top 10 Non Aquatic Plants to Avoid in Aquarium

Top 10 Non Aquatic Plants To Avoid In Fish Tank:

Most of the aquarium & pet stores often sell non aquatic plants due to their high turnover. These plants will only stay alive for a short period of time in the aquarium & they will need to be replaced. After planting non aquatic plants, they will initially shoot new stems & grow new but the plant will eventually die after a few weeks or a month. You would be lucky to have them alive after couple of months of planting them in the fish tank. The reason is that these plants cannot tolerate too much water. In this article i will discuss the top 10 non aquatic plants that you must avoid planting in your fish tank.




1. Japanese Rush:


Japanese Rush Plant
Japanese Rush Plant


Japanese Rush is able to endure in tank for up to a year but this plant needs to be kept at cooler temperatures. It will not survive in warm temperatures for long.


2. Caladium:


Caladium Plant
Caladium Plant


Caladium can endure in tank for up to six weeks but it is recommended to keep its leaves out of water. This plant is usually sold in pots.


3. Peace Lily:


Peace Lily Plant
Peace Lily Plant


Peace Lily can survive in aquarium for even up to years. It grows slowly when submerged, & can grow with little effort & in low lighting. However, it is not a true aquatic plant.


4. Aluminum Plant:


Aluminum Plant
Aluminum Plant


Aluminum Plant can survive in tank for a few weeks, but will finally die. This plant is not recommended to use in aquarium due to its short life span in aquatic environment.  


5. Spider Plant:


Spider Plant
Spider Plant


Spider Plant is a potted plant. If this plant is submerged in water, then it will decay quickly. This plant is not recommended for aquarium.


6. Lucky Bamboo:


Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo


Lucky Bamboo is able to survive for long periods if its leaves are kept outside aquarium water. If it is submerged fully in aquarium, its life span drops to only 8 weeks.


7. Purple Waffle Plant:


Purple Waffle Plant
Purple Waffle Plant


Purple Waffle Plant needs more light but is able to endure in aquarium for up to one year. It will deteriorate slowly.


8. Iresine lindenii:


Iresine lindenii Plant
Iresine lindenii Plant


Iresine lindenii is a lovely plant but not suitable for fish tank. It is available as a potted plant. Despite being attractive, this plant cannot tolerate too much water.


9. Arrowhead Plant:


Arrowhead Plant
Arrowhead Plant


Arrowhead Plant will die if you submerge it in water. It can survive when its roots are submerged while plant is kept outside aquarium.


10. Mondo Grass:


Mondo Grass



Mondo grass is not suitable for aquarium. If it is submerged, then it can endure for a while but will not grow. It should be taken out after a couple of months.
Top 10 Non Aquatic Plants to Avoid in Aquarium Top 10 Non Aquatic Plants to Avoid in Aquarium Reviewed by Fishaholic on August 25, 2019 Rating: 5

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