Foreground Plant Selection

Any Aquarium can afford the beauty of a carpeted foreground…

This topic is a fan favorite so here is a short list of species to aid the decision process. The species listed are more accessible through hobbyists than retail channels that varies by region. plant icon_yes denotes the more demanding species.

Foreground plant species

Cryptocoryne sp Parva
Echinodorus Tenellus (Pygmy Chain Sword)
Elatine hydropiperplant icon_yes
Elatine triandraplant icon_yes
Eleocharis Acicularis (Needle Spikerush, Dwarf Hairgrass)
Eleocharis Belem (Dwarf Hairgrass, Japan Hairgrass)
Glossostigma Elatinoidesplant icon_yes
Hemianthus callitrichoides (Dwarf Baby Tears)plant icon_yes
Hemianthus glomeratus (Pearlgrass)
Hydrocotyle Verticillata (Whorled/Shield Pennywort)
Hydrocotyle tripartita (Hydrocotyle sp. Japan)
Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides (Dwarf Pennywort)
Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis (Micro Sword)
Lilaeopsis Chinensis (Eastern Grasswort)
Lilaeopsis Mauritiana (Micro Sword Narrow Leaf)
Lilaeopsis Mauritius (Micro Sword Narrow Leaf)
Lilaeopsis Novae-zelandiae
Marsilea Crenata (Dwarf Four Leaf Clover)
Marsilea Hirsuta – Low light Carpeter
Marsilea Minuta
Marsilea Quadrifolia (Four Leaf Clover, Water Shamrock)
Staurogyne sp repens
Staurogyne sp rubescens
Staurogyne sp Porto Velho
Sagittaria subulata (Dwarf Sag)
Sagittaria subulata var. pusilla (Dwarf form)
Utricularia graminifoliaplant icon_yes

Focal point species

Alternanthera reineckii ‘Rosanervig’ mini
Eriocaulon (sp Blood Vomit, Cinereum, Compressum, Parkeri, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Vietnam, , etc)plant icon_yes
Lobelia cardinalis sp Kleine Form
Lobelia cardinalis sp Mini (Small Form)
Pogostemon helferi (Downoi, Little Star)plant icon_yes

Accent species

Anubias Nana Petite
Anubais Bonsai

The latest scaping trend is to layer and slope to maximize the vertical space of the aquarium. The selection of plants here can certainly fill in those hardscape gaps to complete your vision.

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