Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SubstrateSource Live Aquarium Plants

1. SubstrateSource Eleocharis sp. "Dwarf Hairgrass" Live Aquarium Plant - Tissue Culture Cup

User Ratings: 70 4

SubstrateSource First Impressions

"The plants are great."

Before you buy, do some research on the plants you will receive. Copper is toxic to inverts like snails and shrimp. I did trim some of the plants back to remove old leaves so only new ones are left. I received the new package the next day and the plants were perfect. It's alive and seems to be growing. All are very healthy for having been in the mail. I absolutely love how this plant looks in my tank.

  • SubstrateSource Eleocharis sp. "Dwarf Hairgrass" Live Aquarium Plant - Tissue Culture Cup
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  • Manufacture: SubstrateSource
  • Item Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches
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SubstrateSource Final Thoughts

"Added water on day 8."

Within 7 days I had an even beautiful carpet! I'm ok with this since I have 3 assassin snails. I planted them in planters for my betta to rest on and he loves them. The moss is covering up the wires so you can no longer see them. And the amount of plants you get is by far the best deal. So I have a few more Java Ferns starting from this mother plant. Some leaves fell off, but overall doing very well.

Overall Score
4.4


(252 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated SubstrateSource Live Aquarium Plants

2. SubstrateSource Anubias barteri Nana Live Aquatic Aquarium Plant

User Ratings: 79 2

SubstrateSource First Impressions

"That is totally expected."

No leaves have rotted and doing very well. After looking around I went ahead and decided to give these a try. This time I just put it all over the bottom. EVERY SINGLE seed germinated and grew into a plant. The plants arrived in Hawaii from California within 48 hours and looked amazing. I guess the heated water finally got them to grow. Roots were already growing so planted in the tank.

  • SubstrateSource Anubias barteri Nana Live Aquatic Aquarium Plant
  • Live freshwater aquarium plant
  • Exclusively by SubstrateSource
  • Our most popular Anubias, one plant per pot
  • Tie to driftwood, stones, or other decorations
  • Manufacture: SubstrateSource
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SubstrateSource Final Thoughts

"I love these!"

I treat it like my other swords and place a fert tab under the gravel. 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. This is my first review posting ever! Put weight on it, which came with them, placed in tank. Plants arrived in a clear sealed bag. The Java fern has a ton of little baby java ferns on it now.

Overall Score
4.7


(141 Points)

3. SubstrateSource Echinodorus bleheri Amazon Sword Live Aquarium Plant

User Ratings: 63 10

SubstrateSource First Impressions

"It seems to be growing."

I feel a little goes a long way too, so these two packages would plant a TON. This is not my first time ordering from the seller. After looking around I went ahead and decided to give these a try. Red Melon Sword, arrived healthy and green. Some need more work then others to get them established. Attached are pictures and video from day one thru day 21. Placed in the tank and after a week leaves started to turn to mush.

  • SubstrateSource Echinodorus bleheri Amazon Sword Live Aquarium Plant
  • Live Freshwater Tropical Aquarium Plant
  • Potted plant as shown. "Small" size are generally 4-8 inches in height
  • Tolerates low to high light levels
  • Great in community tanks and live plant aquascapes
  • SubstrateSource E. bleheri Plant Guide included
  • Manufacture: SubstrateSource
  • Item Weight: 4.96 Ounces
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SubstrateSource Final Thoughts

"One last note."

Roots were already growing so planted in the tank. Really perfect for my first tank plant. I did a dry start and followed the instructions as directed very meticulously. Some leaves fell off, but overall doing very well. This allowed the seeds to disperse. Just received my plants yesterday and I'm very happy with them. Treating it just like my other sword plants.

Overall Score
4.2


(129 Points)

4. 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
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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


(98 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling SubstrateSource Live Aquarium Plants

5. SubstrateSource Hydrocotyle leucocephala Brazilian Pennywort Live Aquatic Aquarium Plant

User Ratings: 37 23

SubstrateSource First Impressions

"More than pleased."

I stuck the other pack in freezer dont think ill need anytime soon. Lobelia Cardinalis, arrived in perfect condition. Roots were already growing so planted in the tank. All plants were healthy and in great condition. Put weight on it, which came with them, placed in tank. I will update again on the status of the plant customer service was also great! I got these to dry start a carpet in my new nano tank.

  • SubstrateSource Hydrocotyle leucocephala Brazilian Pennywort Live Aquatic Aquarium Plant
  • SubstrateSource live aquatic aquarium plant
  • Lime green color with lily shaped leaves
  • Can be used as a background or floating plant
  • Bare root bunch - ready to plant
  • Includes SubstrateSource plant guide
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SubstrateSource Final Thoughts

"I could not be happier!"

EVERY SINGLE seed germinated and grew into a plant. It's alive and seems to be growing. It's alive and seems to be growing. Eventually the whole stem started to rot. Doing great so far and placed a fert tab in the gravel. EVERY SINGLE seed germinated and grew into a plant. And the amount of plants you get is by far the best deal.

Overall Score
3.2


(41 Points)

6. SubstrateSource Christmas Moss Vesicularia sp. Portion Live Aquatic Moss

User Ratings: 60 16

SubstrateSource First Impressions

"The seller seems great."

But I am also glad I purchased 2 orders 4 Oz is well 4 Oz. Hopefully, this will help set what you will experience as well. Placed in the tank and after a week leaves started to turn to mush. They've been in my tank 24 hours and are starting to adjust well. They are doing great and growing very well. But I am also glad I purchased 2 orders 4 Oz is well 4 Oz. I'll post an update in about a month.

  • SubstrateSource Christmas Moss Vesicularia sp. Portion Live Aquatic Moss
  • Live Aquatic Moss for Freshwater Aquariums
  • Vesicularia sp. Christmas Moss
  • Loose portions - ready to tie or glue to driftwood or stones
  • Provides great coverage for baby shrimp or fish
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SubstrateSource Final Thoughts

"So happy with purchase."

Sprouted after 3 days in a Pyrex planted in existing aqurium substrate. Transfered into the aqurium on day 6. DO NOT BUY unless you have an established quarantine tank, and quarantine them first. Put weight on it, which came with them, placed in tank. So I have a few more Java Ferns starting from this mother plant. Some need more work then others to get them established. DO NOT BUY unless you have an established quarantine tank, and quarantine them first.

Overall Score
4.0


(40 Points)

7. SubstrateSource Microsorum Pteropus Java Fern Narrow Leaf Live Aquarium Plant

User Ratings: 64 19

SubstrateSource PMP0101-1 First Impressions

"My fish love them."

Roots were already growing so planted in the tank. Sprouted after 3 days in a Pyrex planted in existing aqurium substrate. Cut all leaves but 3 of them and its doing better, see some new growth this morning. Within 7 days I had an even beautiful carpet! They still floated around for a bit but eventually settled to the bottom evenly. When it's wrapped and plastic and stuck in a box that’s gunna happen. I haven't noticed any snails either could help that the plants arrived fairly dry.

  • SubstrateSource Microsorum Pteropus Java Fern Narrow Leaf 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 freshwater aquariums.
  • Dense growth; available in pot or coco-fiber mat portions.
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SubstrateSource PMP0101-1 Final Thoughts

"Great quality, thanks!"

Cut all leaves but 3 of them and its doing better, see some new growth this morning. Plants arrived in a clear sealed bag. Of course it's just a twisted clump of it now. This time I just put it all over the bottom. I made a light wire webbing out of light weight wire. Good root start on the plant healthy and thriving so far. This time to add variety I ordered the FL bundle, and am once again glad I did.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

8. SubstrateSource Taxiphyllum barbieri Java Moss Live Freshwater Aquarium Plant

User Ratings: 39 23

SubstrateSource First Impressions

"This is day 3 of growth."

Anubias Barteri, came with 3 leaves, tall and healthy. Then, before planting, dip them in the bucket for a few minutes. Hopefully, this will help set what you will experience as well. A bit smaller than advertised but they'll grow. This is my first review posting ever! But I am also glad I purchased 2 orders 4 Oz is well 4 Oz. Plants came in healthy and the instructions were clear on how to care for them.

  • SubstrateSource Taxiphyllum barbieri Java Moss Live Freshwater Aquarium Plant
  • Freshwater Live Aquarium Moss
  • Does not require high light. Easy Care!
  • "Instant" living shelter for fish and shrimp
  • Great for fish fry and juvenile shrimp
  • SubstrateSource Moss Guide included.
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SubstrateSource Final Thoughts

"I was happy for that!"

I absolutely love how this plant looks in my tank. These ferns are the only plants in my aquarium so i KNOW it's from them. Proper care will take care of that. Sprouted after 3 days in a Pyrex planted in existing aqurium substrate. Within 7 days I had an even beautiful carpet! I would note they did not come with any instructions. They've been in my tank 24 hours and are starting to adjust well.

Overall Score
3.4


(16 Points)

9. SubstrateSource Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides "Dwarf Pennywort Pot" Live Aquatic Aquarium Plant

SubstrateSource First Impressions

"We'll see."

Cut all leaves but 3 of them and its doing better, see some new growth this morning. However this is not the plants themselves fault. I received the new package the next day and the plants were perfect. I made a light wire webbing out of light weight wire. Good root start on the plant healthy and thriving so far. I stuck the other pack in freezer dont think ill need anytime soon. Can see where a leaf has been plucked.

  • SubstrateSource Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides "Dwarf Pennywort Pot" Live Aquatic Aquarium Plant
  • SubstrateSource live aquatic aquarium plant
  • Grown in a 2" plastic pot
  • Great for foregrounds or accents
  • Small leaves, approximately dime size
  • SubstrateSource plant guide included
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SubstrateSource Final Thoughts

"One last note."

Of course it's just a twisted clump of it now. Over night on the 7th day it sprouted all over the tank. Within 7 days I had an even beautiful carpet! But on the marimo moss balls and even some of teh hardscape it was attached to. Red Melon Sword, arrived healthy and green. So took it out and trimmed most of the leaves off and left a couple on each stem. Planted the roots and left the rhizome on top.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

10. Buy 2 GET 1 Free Christmas Moss Aquarium Moss Aquatic Moss Java Moss

User Ratings: 63

Ximoon First Impressions

"I'll keep you posted."

EVERY SINGLE seed germinated and grew into a plant. But I decide to keep it and put it in my fish tank. EVERY SINGLE seed germinated and grew into a plant. As others have said these things will stick to EVERYTHING. Hygrophila Araguaya, arrived with 5-6 stems with a weight. Copper is toxic to inverts like snails and shrimp. Picture shows my new plants actually coating my old plants.

  • Buy 2 GET 1 Free Christmas Moss Aquarium Moss Aquatic Moss Java Moss
  • Condition: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item (including handmade items). See the seller's listing for full details. ...
  • Species: Christmas Moss
  • Check out my other listings for great prices and great customer service!
  • Manufacture: ximoon
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Ximoon Final Thoughts

"Makes a very nice mat."

Would definitely recommend this product ESPECIALLY if you're new to aquatic plants. I made a light wire webbing out of light weight wire. After that it seemed to grow right before my eyes. I will update again on the status of the plant customer service was also great! The plants arrived in Hawaii from California within 48 hours and looked amazing. I know much thought was placed in picking these plants. Marble Queen, So hard to find information on its aquatic form.

Overall Score
4.6


(3 Points)

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