5 best slow growing aquarium / aquatic plants for beginners:

Many aquarists keep live plants in their aquariums because they offer a natural look & fish like them. Aquatic plants can mimic the wild habitat of fish inside aquariums. Aquarists usually add plants that grow slowly in aquariums because they do not need frequent pruning. If plants abruptly grow in fish tanks, then they will offer a bushy appearance to your aquarium.

If you want to speed up / down growth of stem plants, then it depends on how much light / nutrition it gets. Carbon dioxide will enhance the growing speed of live plants because plants need it. In the availability of light & CO2, plants can photosynthesize. Photosynthesis is very important for the growth of plants.


Here are the 5 best slow growing aquarium plants for beginners:


1. Anubias:

Anubias grow slowly in aquariums but they can grow in almost any conditions. They need less artificial light & less fertilizers for growth, & this is the reason why Anubias is recommended for beginners. Anubias can be attached to driftwood or other structures in your aquarium.


2. Phoenix Moss:

Phoenix moss can attach itself to driftwood, rocks or other structures.

Phoenix moss needs very little care when it comes to trimming due to its slow growth rate. This plant does not need carbon dioxide, so it needs a comparatively simple care level.


3. Java Moss:

Java Moss is versatile & has a low care level. It is a very popular moss recommended for beginners. It can grow from slow to moderate, & its growth rate depends on the aquarium conditions. It is very undemanding when it comes to light requirements. If you offer less light, this plant will grow slowly. If you offer lots of fertilizers, then this plant will grow fast.


4. Cryptocoryne:

Cryptocoryne usually grows slowly in fish tanks. Most of the Cryptocoryne species can grow even in less light. This plant is suitable for the midground or background of a fish tank. It needs a simple care level that’s why it is recommended for beginners.

Cryptocoryne needs less carbon dioxide & fertilizers. They grow slowly after planting them. If you keep water conditions in ideal range like their wild conditions, then they will grow more stably. Also, they can adapt to different types of lights & water conditions. Growing this plant in neutral pH & a little soft water is a good starting choice.

Cryptocoryne will begin growing slowly & stably if you keep it in stable conditions until they form a jungle.


5. Bolbitis:

Bolbitis is a slow growing plant that can reach up to 18 inches if properly cared for but slowly. You can grow this plant either submerged or emersed.

It needs slow to medium lights as well as supplemented CO2 but CO2 is not mandatory.

Bolbitis needs simple care but needs ideal water parameters. This plant can adapt itself to extreme changes but unstable water parameters could be the reason behind rotting & melting of this plant.

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