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Aquarium Carpet Plants for Beginners: Care and Tips

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by Jason Matthews



Many people who are new to the aquarium hobby often ask themselves, “What plants should I put in my aquarium?” There is no one answer for this question. It really depends on what you want to achieve with your tank.

Some beginners may want to use a carpet plant because it helps cover up the bottom of their tank while others might not care and just want some nice looking plants that they can enjoy from time-to-time.

The best way to find out which kind of plant would work best for you is by researching different types of aquarium carpet plants!

This article will go over some common ones, how they grow, and what conditions they need in order to thrive so that you can make an informed decision about what type of plant you want.

Are carpet plants hard to grow?

Carpet plants are not THAT hard to grow! In fact, they can be a great beginner’s plant. The difficulty comes in when trying to keep them alive because of the lack of nutrients and light that they need.

Once you have mastered the art of keeping carpet plants alive, many will flourish after your first few tries. they multiply quickly once their environment is stable and healthy enough for growth.

What should you look for in a beginner-friendly carpet plant?

When looking for a beginner-friendly carpet plant for your aquarium, you should look for an easy-to-grow and care for carpet plant.

Fast growing carpet plant

You should be looking for a fast growing carpet plant that will grow in the appropriate lighting and water conditions of your aquarium.

Light requirement

As a beginner you should be looking for a carpet plant with a low light requirement, and there are a few that would be good for you. Light requirement is important to consider when setting up the aquarium because light exposure determines how much photosynthesis will occur in your plants.

If they don’t get enough light then they won’t grow or thrive well, so it’s worth considering this before buying any carpet plant species

The best aquarium carpet plants for beginners

Here is a list of the best aquarium carpet plants for beginners. These are all the best aquarium carpet plants for beginners!

  • Eleocharis Parvula: This is a great aquarium carpet plant to start with because they grow very well in low light and can tolerate quite hight temperatures. They also have small leaves, which means they will need less water than other species of aquatic plants. However, their tall height (in some cases up to 16 inches) may make them more difficult if you want to keep it submerged underwater.
  • Marsilea Minuta: Another good beginner’s choice when deciding on an aquarium carpet plant is Marsilea Minuta due to its smaller size and adaptability with various types of lighting conditions. It has long narrow leaves that produce thin stems like grass.
  • Micranthemum Tweediei is also a great choice for beginners because it is a small, low-growing plant that can tolerate many different types of water conditions and lighting. It has very narrow leaves which are long in relation to its size.
  • Hemianthus Callitrichoides: This carpets the aquarium floor quite quickly with its creeping rhizomes but due to their slow growth rate they may not be suitable as an aquatic carpet plant if you want one that grows taller than 12 inches.
  • Glossostigma Elatinoides: This carpet plant need to be more submerged in water than other carpet plants.
  • Sagittaria Subulata: This is a good plant for beginners because it has relatively few requirements and grows quite well under low light conditions. It’s most popular with beginner aquarists due to its longevity as an aquarium plant.
  • Riccia Fluitans: The leaves of this aquatic carpet are very long, thin, and grass-like which make the Riccia Fluitans look great when fully grown or partially covering large areas of the bottom surface of your tank.


The aquarium carpet plants for beginners are some of the most popular aquatic plants. Whether you’re looking for something small with just small leafs or want an entire underwater jungle scene in your fish tank, there is certain variety available that will meet anyone’s needs!

Now go ahead and choose which plant best fits into your aquarium – without taking over too much space- so it can become another part of the family!


Jason Matthews

My name is Jason Matthews, and welcome to my website. When other kids were bragging about how their dog could sit and roll over, I was bragging about my latest Betta Fish and the cool sea castle I just added to his aquarium. 

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