Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Generic Live Aquarium Plants

1. 6 Jungle Val - Jungle Vallisneria Live Aquarium Freshwater Plants

User Ratings: 41 18

Generic First Impressions

"This is on me."

My tank is a medium light, low-tech 55g set up. Seller even wrote a detailed page of instructions to care for the plants. I really didn't think this was going to be a great buy. Has not grown, has not died, it is just there. This time to add variety I ordered the FL bundle, and am once again glad I did. Altlandsberg Sword, very beautiful plant. I eventually scooped the seeds out and gave up.

  • 6 Jungle Val - Jungle Vallisneria Live Aquarium Freshwater Plants
  • 6 Healthy Rooted Jungle Val Plants
  • Easy to care for Aquarium plants.
  • 4'' - 7'' in length.
  • Can grow up to 6 feet in tall aquariums.
  • Manufacture: Generic
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Generic
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

Generic Final Thoughts

"My carpet is about 1."

Plants arrived in a clear sealed bag. When it's wrapped and plastic and stuck in a box that’s gunna happen. Plants came in healthy and the instructions were clear on how to care for them. All plants were healthy and in great condition. Plants came in healthy and the instructions were clear on how to care for them. But it's not a brilliant green but any stretch of the imagination. The plants did all arrive dry so I am sure there will be some melting.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(69 Points)

2. HOT! Alternanthera Lilacina Bunch BUY2GET1 Freshwater Live Aquarium Plant Red Stems

User Ratings: 32 31

Polar Bear's Aquarium First Impressions

"Seems pretty hardy."

Transfered into the aqurium on day 6. All plants were healthy and in great condition. The moss is covering up the wires so you can no longer see them. My fish and I are very happy with this purchase. Some leaves came off but overall it is doing very well. But I am also glad I purchased 2 orders 4 Oz is well 4 Oz. Get the seeds exactly where you want them before adding water.

  • HOT! Alternanthera Lilacina Bunch BUY2GET1 Freshwater Live Aquarium Plant Red Stems
  • You will get 1 bundle of Alternanthera Lilacina (may slightly different from picture)
  • BUY 2 GET 1 FREE by just place two orders with same plant and the free plant will be included in your package.
  • Alternanthera Lilacina is being used for midground and background. It's very popular plant for beginners to experts. The leaves provide some red color and this will make a good contrast in your aquarium tank.
  • 100% Live Arrival Guaranteed.
  • Manufacture: Polar Bear's Aquarium
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polar Bear's Aquarium
  • Quality [star rating='2.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Polar Bear's Aquarium Final Thoughts

"NO sign of distress."

As others have said these things will stick to EVERYTHING. Eventually the whole stem started to rot. Red Melon Sword, arrived healthy and green. Plants came in healthy and the instructions were clear on how to care for them. I feel a little goes a long way too, so these two packages would plant a TON. After looking around I went ahead and decided to give these a try. The sticky glue like glop it grows in was not a problem.

Overall Score
3.2

[star rating="3.2"]
(7 Points)

3. biOrb Bonsai Ball Pink

User Ratings: 61 7

biOrb 55067 First Impressions

"Very very healthy plants."

I made a light wire webbing out of light weight wire. They still floated around for a bit but eventually settled to the bottom evenly. I really didn't think this was going to be a great buy. All are very healthy for having been in the mail. No roots yet, but still green and no evidence of dying. Anubias Barteri, came with 3 leaves, tall and healthy. Telanthera, man oh man did I really like this.

  • biOrb Bonsai Ball Pink
  • Compatible with Freshwater/Saltwater/Tropical aquarium set ups.
  • Use these colorful plastic bonsai balls as foliage in your aquarium. Fan out for optimum coverage.
  • Design inspired by a cultivation of plants.
  • Item Package weight : 0.11 pounds
  • Manufacture: BiOrb
  • Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 2.76 x 7.09 inches; 2.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb 55067
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

biOrb 55067 Final Thoughts

"2 days later HOT HOT HOT."

I posted new pictures to show the growth but I did move some plants around. Older leaves were purple in color and new leaves were green. I really didn't think this was going to be a great buy. Anubias Barteri, came with 3 leaves, tall and healthy. Plants arrived in a clear sealed bag. Overall, at the moment, I'm pleased with my purchase. If it grows as expected, I might be supplying local shops with it before long.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(32 Points)

4. Self-Growing Aquarium Plant Terrarium, Tonina Fluviatilis, Closed Aquatic Ecosystem, Live Plants, Ra...

User Ratings: 55

Bloomify First Impressions

"Wow, so many plants!"

Plants arrived in a clear sealed bag. Java fern is doing ok, it is still getting used to the tank. DO NOT BUY unless you have an established quarantine tank, and quarantine them first. I received it healthy and in great shape. The plants picture is now, almost 7 months after I received it. They grow rather quickly, and root very deeply into your substrate. I really didn't think this was going to be a great buy.

  • Self-Growing Aquarium Plant Terrarium, Tonina Fluviatilis, Closed Aquatic Ecosystem, Live Plants, Rare Species, Maintenance Free, Great for Work, Home, Unique Gift!
  • Live auqarium plant, Tonina Fluviatilis.
  • Lives in a 2" (D) x 6" (H) self-sustaining glass jar. No watering or feeding is needed.
  • Maintenance free aquarium. Enclosed ecosystem.
  • 6 months lifespan in the jar. The plants can be transplanted at any time.
  • 60 days healthy plant guarantee. Free heat pack in winter shipping.
  • Manufacture: Orchid Gene
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bloomify
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Bloomify Final Thoughts

"Great for tall aquariums!"

I felt like this was a great price for this plant. The Java fern has a ton of little baby java ferns on it now. Hygrophila Pinnatifida, this is the plant I wanted most of all. As others have said these things will stick to EVERYTHING. The Java fern has a ton of little baby java ferns on it now. Attached are pictures and video from day one thru day 21. It's really cute and I have plenty of seed left over to play in other places.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(4 Points)

5. SubstrateSource Microsorum Pteropus Large Java Fern Mat Live Aquarium Plant

User Ratings: 58 13

SubstrateSource PMP0101-1 First Impressions

"Great quality, thanks!"

I posted before and after pictures of both aquariums. And the amount of plants you get is by far the best deal. I didn't realize it was 2 packages and there was so many in each package. All plants were healthy and in great condition. Altlandsberg Sword, very beautiful plant. Anubias Barteri, came with 3 leaves, tall and healthy. I know much thought was placed in picking these plants.

  • SubstrateSource Microsorum Pteropus Large Java Fern Mat Live Aquarium Plant
  • SubstrateSource Freshwater Live Aquarium Plant.
  • Great with Bettas, Angelfish, Gouramis, Tetras, Rasboras, Platies, Corydoras, and other freshwater tropical fish.
  • Easy care! Thrives in most freshwter aquariums
  • Dense Mat Growth - 30+ Leaves.
  • SubstrateSource Microsorum pteropus Java Fern Plant Guide included.
  • Manufacture: SubstrateSource
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SubstrateSource PMP0101-1
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

SubstrateSource PMP0101-1 Final Thoughts

"Great seeds!"

So took it out and trimmed most of the leaves off and left a couple on each stem. Has not grown, has not died, it is just there. Cleaned them up and placed in the tank. Altlandsberg Sword, very beautiful plant. Put weight on it, which came with them, placed in tank. But it's not a brilliant green but any stretch of the imagination. I will definitely reorder in future.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(98 Points)

6. Cryptocoryne Assorted Tissue Culture Cup Freshwater Live Aquarium Plants Decoration BUY2GET1FREE

User Ratings: 67

Planterest First Impressions

"A cautionary tale."

After a good month in my aquarium, the brown dried sections did not improve. Put weight on it, which came with them, placed in tank. I just wanted to see if it worked and it did. I eventually scooped the seeds out and gave up. I stuck the other pack in freezer dont think ill need anytime soon. If I ever make another tank, I'm ordering from here again. But I decide to keep it and put it in my fish tank.

  • Cryptocoryne Assorted Tissue Culture Cup Freshwater Live Aquarium Plants Decoration BUY2GET1FREE
  • LIVE AQUARIUM PLANT - 1 Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko Tissue Culture Cup.
  • CUP SIZE - 2"
  • FREE ICE OR HEAT pack - Due to extremely weather, Ice and heat pack is available up on request. Simply put "ICE" or "HEAT" after your name on your shipping address.
  • 7 DAYS STAY ALIVE GUARANTEED - We stand behind our products. For some reasons If our plants died within 7 days, please message us with a clear photo. Refund or replacement will be applied.
  • With 30 years experience, please ensure that you will receive the best quality. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question or concern. Our customer service team would be very happy to help you.
  • Manufacture: Planterest
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Planterest
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Planterest Final Thoughts

"This stuff grows fast."

Has not grown, has not died, it is just there. I will definitely reorder in future. I'm ok with this since I have 3 assassin snails. Hygrophila Pinnatifida, this is the plant I wanted most of all. I will definitely reorder in future. Make sure you have a cleared area to plant. As others have said these things will stick to EVERYTHING.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(11 Points)

7. 470176-592EA - Description : Freshwater Rotifers (Small Culture) - Live Freshwater Rotifer Culture -...

VWR First Impressions

"Makes a very nice mat."

Eventually the whole stem started to rot. I'm ok with this since I have 3 assassin snails. Java Fern and Vallisneria, two of the easiest plants to have. Copper is toxic to inverts like snails and shrimp. The plants are awesome and I got way more than I was expecting. I eventually scooped the seeds out and gave up. A bit smaller than advertised but they'll grow.

  • 470176-592EA - Description : Freshwater Rotifers (Small Culture) - Live Freshwater Rotifer Culture - Each
  • Freshwater Rotifers (Small culture)
  • Hay Culture Media
  • Room Temp, Loose Cap
  • 30
  • Tube
  • Manufacture: VWR
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VWR
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

VWR Final Thoughts

"Could be bladderwort."

They still floated around for a bit but eventually settled to the bottom evenly. I treat it like my other swords and place a fert tab under the gravel. I posted new pictures to show the growth but I did move some plants around. I would note they did not come with any instructions. A bit smaller than advertised but they'll grow. They grow rather quickly, and root very deeply into your substrate. Altlandsberg Sword, very beautiful plant.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

8. California Bundle - 25+ Stems / 6 Species Live Aquarium Plants Package

User Ratings: 48 12

Aquarium Plants Discounts First Impressions

"I could not be happier!"

Older leaves were purple in color and new leaves were green. The plants arrived in Hawaii from California within 48 hours and looked amazing. Very good quality plants at an amazing price, roots looked great. It seems hit or miss but the second time around I am very satisfied. But on the marimo moss balls and even some of teh hardscape it was attached to. They are doing great and growing very well. I received it healthy and in great shape.

  • California Bundle - 25+ Stems / 6 Species Live Aquarium Plants Package
  • Please note that during times of extreme weather, live plants will suffer due to temperatures. During winter, do not order live plants when temperatures are expected to go below 20F at the lowest point during the day. During summer, avoid ordering plants when temperatures are above 100F.
  • Create a natural habitat in your aquarium for your fish and invertebrates
  • You get 6 grown plant bunches, 1 of each species. Each of our plant bunches have several stems or stalks, note some vendors consider 1 stem to be 1 plant. Perfect for 10+ gallons aquariums
  • Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates
  • Easy live aquarium plant species for any freshwater aquarium
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Plants & Pets
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Plants Discounts
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Aquarium Plants Discounts Final Thoughts

"Excellent plants."

Put weight on it, which came with them, placed in tank. Plants came in healthy and the instructions were clear on how to care for them. Eventually the whole stem started to rot. When it's wrapped and plastic and stuck in a box that’s gunna happen. Put weight on it, which came with them, placed in tank. I felt like this was a great price for this plant. Telanthera, man oh man did I really like this.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(153 Points)

9. Mainam Java Fern 'Windelov' Planted on Driftwood (6 Inches) Microsorum Pteropus Freshwater Easy Low ...

Mainam L243 First Impressions

"Pretty neat."

The plants did all arrive dry so I am sure there will be some melting. I posted new pictures to show the growth but I did move some plants around. It's part of it so do the dry start method. All plants were healthy and in great condition. The moss is covering up the wires so you can no longer see them. My fish and I are very happy with this purchase. Seller even wrote a detailed page of instructions to care for the plants.

  • Mainam Java Fern 'Windelov' Planted on Driftwood (6 Inches) Microsorum Pteropus Freshwater Easy Low Light Live Aquarium Plant Decorations 3 Days Guarantee
  • LIVE AQUARIUM PLANTS: Java Fern Windelov on driftwood (20 cm), Perfect for any aquarium tank.
  • Difficulty - Easy ready to grow! | Light - Medium | Growth - Medium.
  • 3 DAYS LIVE GUARANTEED : In a very rare case our live plant dead on arrive or within 3 days. Please send us the photo within 3 days. Live Guaranteed will be voided after 3 days of delivery. We honor our guaranteed.
  • Photo is not actual plant but is a sample of our stock.
  • Safe for your aquarium pets. Creating natural perspective. 100% pest snail and disease free.
  • Manufacture: Mainam
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mainam L243
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Mainam L243 Final Thoughts

"It is still doing great!"

Plants came in healthy and the instructions were clear on how to care for them. But I am also glad I purchased 2 orders 4 Oz is well 4 Oz. They've been in my tank 24 hours and are starting to adjust well. Cleaned them up and placed in the tank. I got these to dry start a carpet in my new nano tank. My fish and I are very happy with this purchase. But over all really lovely plants extremely happy.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(6 Points)

10. Planterest - Dwarf Sagittaria Subulata Loose Live Aquarium Plants Aquatic Foreground BUY2GET1FREE

User Ratings: 70 8

Planterest First Impressions

"This is day 3 of growth."

Photo was taken on 8 days after receiving seeds. Was able to get 2 babies off of the stem already. The package is great, they are resealable. Has not grown, has not died, it is just there. I feel a little goes a long way too, so these two packages would plant a TON. But on the marimo moss balls and even some of teh hardscape it was attached to. Then, before planting, dip them in the bucket for a few minutes.

  • Planterest - Dwarf Sagittaria Subulata Loose Live Aquarium Plants Aquatic Foreground BUY2GET1FREE
  • AQUARIUM PLANT - 1 Dwarf Sagittaria Subulata.
  • SIZE - 2-5" length (Slightly, different, May vary)
  • FREE ICE or HEAT pack - Due to extremely weather, we would like to be more proactive. Ice and heat pack is available up on request. Simply put "ICE" or "HEAT" after your name on your shipping address.
  • 7 DAYS STAY ALIVE GUARANTEED - We stand behind our products. For some reasons If our plants died within 7 days, please message us with a clear photo. Refund or replacement will be applied.
  • With 30 years experience, please ensure that you will receive the best quality. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question or concern. Our customer service team would be very happy to help you.
  • Manufacture: Planterest
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Planterest
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Planterest Final Thoughts

"Great, beautiful seeds!"

A lot of information online, came with 5-6 stems and healthy. Really perfect for my first tank plant. Red Melon Sword, arrived healthy and green. Really perfect for my first tank plant. All are very healthy for having been in the mail. I absolutely love how this plant looks in my tank. After a good month in my aquarium, the brown dried sections did not improve.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(20 Points)

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