aquarium plants

How To Care For Aquarium Plants

Wednesday 06th Apr 2022 |

A common misconception when it comes to having your own aquarium is that there is more to it than just picking the correct plants and the best fish – you have to know how to look after your aquarium plants.

They might start off looking pretty, but you will have to make sure to schedule in time to keep them well-groomed. Before you delve into The Aquarium Guide, why don’t you see what tips and tricks we have to offer you on how to look after your aquarium plants?!

Why Are Aquarium Plants Important?

Aquarium plants are vital because they are what help make your fish feel at home and this aids their survival. In fact, your aquarium plants can be a source of food for your fish – and they are also great at taking in those unwanted gasses that fish produce.

Aquarium plants can also help eradicate algae from your aquarium. This is due to the fact that the plants will actually use up all of the nutrients in the tank so there is nothing left for algae to thrive on. 

These are just some of the reasons why you should have plants in your aquarium, so now let’s get on to how you can best take care of your aquarium plants.

Make Sure To Keep Your Aquarium Clean

This step is really important – but there are some aspects to take into consideration. The frequency at which you clean your aquarium depends on the size of your aquarium tank, along with the number of fish that you have and the number of plants that you have. 

One common myth that we are here to bust is that you do NOT have to take your fish out of your aquarium in order to clean it. Instead, you should use an algae scraper so that you can effectively clean the walls of your aquarium.

In addition to this, if you notice that there are some dead plant leaves floating around in the water then you can take these out too. You also need to ensure that you keep your tank filter clean as this will remove the risk of any waste that comes from your fish building up. If you do not pay attention to the filter, you might find that it clogs up easily and it will not function correctly.

Make Sure To Keep The Plants Clean

As well as cleaning out the tank itself, you need to make sure that your plants are well-maintained. It does not matter whether you have decided to use live plants or plastic plants – you still need to make sure that they are kept neat and tidy. 

If you have live plants in your tank, then you need to make sure that you eradicate dirt particles by shaking the plants carefully. You don’t want to damage the plants in this process – so you should also make sure to wash your hands before you handle them. You don’t want to add more dirt to the plants than you shake off.

However, if you are in a situation where you find debris is not coming off the plant so easily then you can use a soft toothbrush to help dislodge any kind of dirt. In fact, you can put your plants under water that is running gently – and then you can put them back in the tank.

Keeping Your Plants Sterilized

A great way to ensure that your plants stay well-looked-after is to sterilize them. So, you need to soak your plant in potassium permanganate for merely a few minutes, and then you should rinse off the plants. However you decide to keep your plants sterilized – you must ensure that you wash them off well before putting them in the tank

You don’t want to have a negative effect on the fish and disrupt their living environment so much that it becomes uncomfortable or unlivable for them. And, you don’t want to leave any remnants on the plant because this might have a negative effect on the lifespan of your aquarium plant.

Plastic plants will be a lot easier to clean than real plants, because all you really need to do is wash them under running water, and you can just use an algae pad to make sure that they stay relatively fresh-looking.


Overall, looking after your aquarium plants does not have to be a difficult or high-maintenance kind of task. You just need to check on them little and often, but in this case preparation is key – so to prolong the lifespan of your plants.