Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Small Live Aquarium Plants

1. Java Fern Bare Root | Microsorum Pteropus - Low Light Freshwater Aquarium Plant

User Ratings: 65 8

AquaLeaf Aquatics First Impressions

"This is day 3 of growth."

This allowed the seeds to disperse. If I remember I will will send photos and update this posting. Older leaves were purple in color and new leaves were green. It's part of it so do the dry start method. Overall i'm happy with the purchase. So took it out and trimmed most of the leaves off and left a couple on each stem. Copper is toxic to inverts like snails and shrimp.

  • Java Fern Bare Root | Microsorum Pteropus - Low Light Freshwater Aquarium Plant
  • IMPORTANT - IF YOUR REGION IS FREEZING, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ORDERING UNTIL IT WARMS UP. THESE PLANTS WILL FREEZE AND WILL NOT BE USABLE. DO NOT DISREGARD THIS MESSAGE AS WE WON'T REFUND OR REPLACE ORDERS PLACED IN FREEZING REGIONS
  • You get 1 young Java Fern bare root of approximately 6-8" in height.
  • This Java Fern s a great and easy way to attaching Java fern to driftwood, rocks, etc
  • Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates
  • Make your fish tank look natural and beautiful. Perfect for aquariums of any size
  • Manufacture: AquaLeaf Aquatics
  • Item Weight: 1 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 7 inches
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AquaLeaf Aquatics Final Thoughts

"I could not be happier!"

And, it has survived pretty well considering I never give it nutrients. Altlandsberg Sword, very beautiful plant. This is not my first time ordering from the seller. In my low tech tank it grows slowly enough that it would be easy to control. If I ever make another tank, I'm ordering from here again. It's part of it so do the dry start method. The sticky glue like glop it grows in was not a problem.

Overall Score
4.2


(1316 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Small Live Aquarium Plants

2. Small Leaf, 2 Pack

User Ratings: 56 14

Wpmlady First Impressions

"Or SO IT SEEMED."

The moss is covering up the wires so you can no longer see them. I received it healthy and in great shape. I just wanted to update this almost 7 months later. It even stuck to the corys who had to brush against a rock to get it off. Copper is toxic to inverts like snails and shrimp. Older leaves were purple in color and new leaves were green. Proper care will take care of that.

  • Small Leaf, 2 Pack
  • Easy to grow, no need of CO2, nor strong light. Temperature should not be too low, Add water daily to keep the temperature in the fish tank at around 28℃(82℉).Each bag can plant 30x30cm tank.
  • Can grow in soil, sand and tiny gravel. Just sprinkle the s-e-e-ds evenly on the soil, Do not cover the s-e-e-d with mud.
  • Normally 5-7 days s-prout, 15 days landscape finished. The fifth picture is the planting method, Please read "Plant Method" description carefully, wrong methods of planting will affect growth.
  • Plants have the ability to convert carbon dioxide into much needed oxygen that fish and aquatic life require in order to survive.Plants also absorb CO2 and nitrates produced by fish waste creating a natural ecosystem and healthy habitat for your fish.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase in 30 days, please contact us, your item will be replaced or your purchase will be completely refunded
  • Manufacture: Wpmlady
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Wpmlady Final Thoughts

"Pretty neat."

I posted before and after pictures of both aquariums. In my low tech tank it grows slowly enough that it would be easy to control. This is my first review posting ever! I eventually scooped the seeds out and gave up. But Java fern is suppose to grow fast so I am excited. It seems hit or miss but the second time around I am very satisfied. Java fern is doing ok, it is still getting used to the tank.

Overall Score
3.9


(1071 Points)

3. Florida 10 Species Live Aquarium Plants Bundle

User Ratings: 57 10

AquaLeaf Aquatics First Impressions

"This is on me."

It even stuck to the corys who had to brush against a rock to get it off. Really perfect for my first tank plant. I did trim some of the plants back to remove old leaves so only new ones are left. Would definitely recommend this product ESPECIALLY if you're new to aquatic plants. But over all really lovely plants extremely happy. The package is great, they are resealable. I did trim some of the plants back to remove old leaves so only new ones are left.

  • Florida 10 Species Live Aquarium Plants Bundle
  • IMPORTANT: Please note that during times of extreme weather, live plants will suffer due to extreme 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.
  • Easy live aquarium plant species for any freshwater aquarium. You get 10 grown plant bunches, 1 of each species of ranging from 6 to 12 inches in height with the exception of the Lobelia Cardinalis which is about 3". Plants are grown in the US and subject to US standards for aquatic plants. Each of our plant bunches have several stems. Please note that some plants will take several weeks to transition to its aquatic form as some are grown emersed
  • Perfect for 10+ gallons aquariums. Create a natural habitat in your aquarium for your fish and invertebrates
  • Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates
  • Create a natural biological filter in your tank by having plants absorb nitrates from waste
  • Manufacture: AquaLeaf Aquatics
  • Item Weight: 6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 4 x 3 inches
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AquaLeaf Aquatics Final Thoughts

"We'll see."

Just received my plants yesterday and I'm very happy with them. Some leaves fell off, but overall doing very well. Marble Queen, So hard to find information on its aquatic form. I don't know if after the ParaGard treatment if I should treat it in an algaecide. Then, before planting, dip them in the bucket for a few minutes. I planted them in planters for my betta to rest on and he loves them. In my low tech tank it grows slowly enough that it would be easy to control.

Overall Score
4.0


(1051 Points)

4. Java Moss Portion in 4 Oz Cup - Easy Live Fresh Water Aquarium Plants

User Ratings: 50 20

Aquarium Plants Discounts First Impressions

"It seems to be growing."

Just received my plants yesterday and I'm very happy with them. Java fern is doing ok, it is still getting used to the tank. Seller even wrote a detailed page of instructions to care for the plants. Was able to get 2 babies off of the stem already. Placed in the tank and after a week leaves started to turn to mush. Proper care will take care of that. Hygrophila Pinnatifida, this is the plant I wanted most of all.

  • Java Moss Portion in 4 Oz Cup - Easy Live Fresh Water Aquarium Plants
  • IMPORTANT: Please note that during times of extreme weather, live plants will suffer due to extreme 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.
  • You will get 1 loose portion (2 inches in diameter) of Java Moss in a 4 oz cup as pictured.
  • Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates. Perfect for any size aquarium
  • Depending on the time of the year, this plant will ship brownish green to green. Once the plant settles in the aquarium, the plant will start growing and turn greener as it receives light and feeds off nutrients
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Plants & Pets
  • Item Weight: 0.399 ounces
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"All together I'm pleased."

Overall, at the moment, I'm pleased with my purchase. Anubias Barteri, came with 3 leaves, tall and healthy. Has not grown, has not died, it is just there. Really perfect for my first tank plant. The moss is covering up the wires so you can no longer see them. My tank is a medium light, low-tech 55g set up. All are very healthy for having been in the mail.

Overall Score
3.7


(603 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Small Live Aquarium Plants

5. 25+ Stems / 6 Species Live Aquarium Plants Package - Anacharis, Amazon and More!

User Ratings: 56 11

Aquarium Plants Discounts First Impressions

"One thing to note."

Cleaned them up and placed in the tank. Copper is toxic to inverts like snails and shrimp. Picture shows my new plants actually coating my old plants. In my low tech tank it grows slowly enough that it would be easy to control. In my low tech tank it grows slowly enough that it would be easy to control. Then, before planting, dip them in the bucket for a few minutes. So took it out and trimmed most of the leaves off and left a couple on each stem.

  • 25+ Stems / 6 Species Live Aquarium Plants Package - Anacharis, Amazon and More!
  • IMPORTANT: Please note that during times of extreme weather, live plants will suffer due to extreme 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.
  • Easy live aquarium plant species for any freshwater aquarium. You get 6 grown plant bunches, 1 of each species. Each of our plant bunches have several stems.
  • Perfect for 10+ gallons aquariums. Create a natural habitat in your aquarium for your fish and invertebrates
  • Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates
  • If you are in California or a state where Anacharis are not allowed to be imported, you can search for "California Aquarium Plants Bundle" .This bundle has the possibility of snails, if you are looking for a bundle guaranteed to be snail free search for "Rooted Live Aquarium Plant Bundle - 6 Easy Species"
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Plants & Pets
  • Item Weight: 6 ounces
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Aquarium Plants Discounts Final Thoughts

"I could not be happier!"

I haven't noticed any snails either could help that the plants arrived fairly dry. EVERY SINGLE seed germinated and grew into a plant. They grow rather quickly, and root very deeply into your substrate. I could not get them to grow at first, but that was my fault. And, it has survived pretty well considering I never give it nutrients. These ferns are the only plants in my aquarium so i KNOW it's from them. Proper care will take care of that.

Overall Score
4.0


(569 Points)

6. Dwarf Baby Tears Hemianthus Callitrichoides Java Moss Live Aquarium Plants Freshwater Fish Tank Vitr...

User Ratings: 59 16

Greenpro L218 First Impressions

"It's a small thing!"

This time to add variety I ordered the FL bundle, and am once again glad I did. Java Fern and Vallisneria, two of the easiest plants to have. All plants were healthy and in great condition. Proper care will take care of that. On the plus side I can use the moss as living string to tie other plants to things. Was able to get 2 babies off of the stem already. I got these to dry start a carpet in my new nano tank.

  • Dwarf Baby Tears Hemianthus Callitrichoides Java Moss Live Aquarium Plants Freshwater Fish Tank Vitro TC Cup by Greenpro
  • LIVE AQUARIUM PLANT : Dwarf Baby tears, the preferred carpet plant sometimes called HC, Cuba. The beautiful bright green leaves spreading form foreground in your tank making its popularity increasing day by day.
  • IMPROVE WATER CLARITY : Under proper conditions, HC will provide Oxygen bubble which is called perling also, reducing algae growth and enhacing the quality of water in your tank.
  • TISSUE CULTURE : sometimes called vitro plants. With top of the range technology facilities and lastest tissue culture laboratory, TC cup from Greenpro grown with sterile process with special gel to ensure to be free from algae, disease, pest and snail.
  • BEST QUALITY : With our experience, every plants from Greenpro will be professionally inspected, packed and organized with suitable boxes for all weather conditions to make sure that will retain the freshness and healthiness to our customer hands.
  • RINSE! CUT! PLANT! : RINSE them under water and wash out any gel. CUT, divide into small portions. PLANT, ready to grow onto substrate, driftwood, rock etc.
  • 100% DOA GUARANTEE : Our plants grown by using the latest technology and facility with digital controlled nursery to ensure that our plants are 100% diseases pest snail and algae free. Within 24 of delivery, please send us a picture of proof otherwise, your guarantee will be void.
  • PROVIDES AMAZING ENVIRONMENT | Aquatic plants will produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide to enhance water quality in your aquarium community. Adding L. Repens not only beneficial for the natural ecosystem but also giving shelter and security place for your aquarium pets.
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Greenpro L218 Final Thoughts

"Ordered this for my 5."

I stuck the other pack in freezer dont think ill need anytime soon. One month after first dry starting my tank. So I have a few more Java Ferns starting from this mother plant. I did trim some of the plants back to remove old leaves so only new ones are left. I eventually scooped the seeds out and gave up. Within 7 days I had an even beautiful carpet! Roots were already growing so planted in the tank.

Overall Score
3.9


(551 Points)

7. 10 Species Live Aquarium Plants Package - Anacharis, Swords, Vallisneria and More!

User Ratings: 57 10

AquaLeaf Aquatics First Impressions

"One thing to note."

This time to add variety I ordered the FL bundle, and am once again glad I did. DO NOT BUY unless you have an established quarantine tank, and quarantine them first. EVERY SINGLE seed germinated and grew into a plant. After that it seemed to grow right before my eyes. Placed in the tank and after a week leaves started to turn to mush. These ferns are the only plants in my aquarium so i KNOW it's from them. I would note they did not come with any instructions.

  • 10 Species Live Aquarium Plants Package - Anacharis, Swords, Vallisneria and More!
  • IMPORTANT: Please note that during times of extreme weather, live plants will suffer due to extreme 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.
  • Easy live aquarium plant species for any freshwater aquarium. You get 10 grown plant bunches, 1 of each species. Each of our plant bunches have several stems.
  • Perfect for 10+ gallons aquariums. Create a natural habitat in your aquarium for your fish and invertebrates
  • Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates
  • If you are in California or a state where Anacharis are not allowed to be imported, look for our "California Bundle" by Aquarium Plants Discounts
  • Manufacture: AquaLeaf Aquatics
  • Item Weight: 6 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 4 x 3 inches
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AquaLeaf Aquatics Final Thoughts

"No melting."

This time I just put it all over the bottom. This package comes with TONS of seeds! Fast shipping, impressed with product. I guess the heated water finally got them to grow. Copper is toxic to inverts like snails and shrimp. I guess the heated water finally got them to grow. Older leaves were purple in color and new leaves were green.

Overall Score
4.0


(474 Points)

8. Greenpro Dwarf Hairgrass Live Aquarium Plants Tissue Culture Cup Freshwater Fish Tank Decorations

User Ratings: 69 8

Greenpro First Impressions

"Great for tall aquariums!"

Java Fern and Vallisneria, two of the easiest plants to have. I absolutely love how this plant looks in my tank. Placed in the tank weighted and within 5 days was shedding leaves like crazy. Overall i'm happy with the purchase. They floated for a really long time and eventually migrated together. Seller even wrote a detailed page of instructions to care for the plants. So I have a few more Java Ferns starting from this mother plant.

  • Greenpro Dwarf Hairgrass Live Aquarium Plants Tissue Culture Cup Freshwater Fish Tank Decorations
  • LIVE AQUARIUM PLANT : Dwarf Hairgrass, the preferred carpet plant sometimes called DHG, Mini Hairgrass. The beautiful bright green grass like leaves spreading form foreground in your tank making its popularity increasing day by day.
  • IMPROVE WATER CLARITY : Under proper conditions, DHG will provide Oxygen bubble which is called perling also, reducing algae growth and enhacing the quality of water in your tank.
  • TISSUE CULTURE : sometimes called vitro plants. With top of the range technology facilities and lastest tissue culture laboratory, TC cup from Greenpro grown with sterile process with special gel to ensure to be free from algae, disease, pest and snail.
  • BEST QUALITY : With our experience, every plants from Greenpro will be professionally inspected, packed and organized with suitable boxes for all weather conditions to make sure that will retain the freshness and healthiness to our customer hands.
  • RINSE! CUT! PLANT! : RINSE them under water and wash out any gel. CUT, divide into small portions. PLANT, ready to grow onto substrate, driftwood, rock etc.
  • 100% DOA GUARANTEE : Our plants grown by using the latest technology and facility with digital controlled nursery to ensure that our plants are 100% diseases pest snail and algae free. Within 24 of delivery, please send us a picture of proof otherwise, your guarantee will be void.
  • PROVIDES AMAZING ENVIRONMENT | Aquatic plants will produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide to enhance water quality in your aquarium community. Adding L. Repens not only beneficial for the natural ecosystem but also giving shelter and security place for your aquarium pets.
  • Item Weight: 0.634 ounces
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Greenpro Final Thoughts

"Added water on day 8."

Altlandsberg Sword, very beautiful plant. I'll post an update in about a month. Some leaves fell off, but overall doing very well. They floated for a really long time and eventually migrated together. Good root start on the plant healthy and thriving so far. But over all really lovely plants extremely happy. It seems hit or miss but the second time around I am very satisfied.

Overall Score
4.3


(438 Points)

9. Red Flame Sword - Beginner Tropical Live Aquarium Plant

User Ratings: 56 16

Aquarium Plants Discounts First Impressions

"Added water on day 8."

Fast shipping, impressed with product. These ferns are the only plants in my aquarium so i KNOW it's from them. Some need more work then others to get them established. I absolutely love how this plant looks in my tank. I would note they did not come with any instructions. So I have a few more Java Ferns starting from this mother plant. I placed the bulk of the moss in the webbing and twisted it up to hold it in place.

  • Red Flame Sword - Beginner Tropical Live Aquarium Plant
  • IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING: Please note that during times of extreme weather, live plants will suffer due to extreme 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.
  • You get 1 young Red Flame Sword. An easy live aquarium plant specie for any freshwater aquarium. PLEASE NOTE THE RED LEAVES WILL START COMING OUT ONCE ACCLIMATED TO YOUR AQUARIUM. TRANSITION PERIOD WILL TAKE 6-8 WEEKS DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT RECEIVED. THE PLANT LOOKS GREENER LIKE THE ONE ON PICTURE #2 WHEN SHIPPED.
  • Make your fish tank look natural and beautiful. Perfect for mid-size and large aquarium
  • Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Plants & Pets
  • Item Weight: 1 ounces
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"Great seeds!"

I treat it like my other swords and place a fert tab under the gravel. I haven't noticed any snails either could help that the plants arrived fairly dry. It's just not available in local pet shops. Eventually the whole stem started to rot. I can imagine I will buy this again as I use up the seeds. They still floated around for a bit but eventually settled to the bottom evenly. Proper care will take care of that.

Overall Score
3.8


(408 Points)

10. Potted Dwarf Baby Tears Aquarium Live Plant by AquaLeaf Aquatics

User Ratings: 48 21

Aquarium Plants Discounts First Impressions

"Absolutely recommended!"

But Java fern is suppose to grow fast so I am excited. But Java fern is suppose to grow fast so I am excited. It's not sticky once it sprouted, on day 2 for me. Cleaned them up and placed in the tank. Very good quality plants at an amazing price, roots looked great. I could not get them to grow at first, but that was my fault. I stuck the other pack in freezer dont think ill need anytime soon.

  • Potted Dwarf Baby Tears Aquarium Live Plant by AquaLeaf Aquatics
  • You get one 2 inch pot of Dwarf Baby Tears. An easy aquarium plant specie for any freshwater aquarium
  • Create a natural habitat in your aquarium for your fish and invertebrates
  • Make your fish tank look natural and beautiful. Provide natural resting and hiding places for your smaller fish and invertebrates
  • Grown organically in the US without chemicals or pesticides. Safe for aquarium fish and invertebrates.
  • Manufacture: West Coast Aquatics
  • Item Weight: 2 ounces
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Aquarium Plants Discounts Final Thoughts

"HEAT IS KEY!"

It's not brow either, just a brownish green if that's possible. I received it healthy and in great shape. Such a wonderful and easy way to add whimsy to a tank. They've been in my tank 24 hours and are starting to adjust well. I could not get them to grow at first, but that was my fault. I just wanted to update this almost 7 months later. Plants arrived in a clear sealed bag.

Overall Score
3.6


(351 Points)

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