• Plants for a low maintance shrimp tank

    This article should show a list of easy to keep plants for a low maintenance shrimp tank. So these plants do not need artificial CO2 to grow, although most of them would of course grow better with additional CO2. Low maintenance also means that liqiud fertiliser is enough, no base fertiliser is needed (but would be useful for some of the plant species). Moderate til low light should be enough and they should tolerate a wide range of water parameters as well as temperatures until 28°C. Hopefully this list will help you to decide which plants are useful for a low maintenance shrimp show or breeding tank.

    Plant name Suitability Comments Picture
    Anubias barteri var. nana very good slow growth, undemanding yes
    Anubias barteri var. coffefolia good very slow growth, undemanding yes
    Anubias barteri var. barteri very good slow growth, undemanding soon
    Anubias heterophylla very good slow growth, undemanding, can become quite large soon
    Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae good undemanding, needs soil soon
    Cryptocoryne wendtii 'brown' + 'green' good undemanding, needs soil, size depends on the amount of light and nutrients soon
    Cryptocoryne x willisii good undemanding, needs soil and moderate ligh soon
    Cryptocoryne cordata good undemanding, needs soil, can become quite large soon
    Cryptocoryne parva good undemanding, needs moderate ligh and soil soon
    Cryptocoryne pontederifolia good undemanding, needs soil, can become quite large soon
    Hygrophila corymbosa very good undemanding, moderate growth soon
    Hygrophila polysperma very good undemanding, moderate growth soon
    Echindorus schlueteri good moderate growth, needs moderate ligh and soil soon
    Echindorus quadricostatus good moderate growth, needs moderate ligh and soil soon
    Echindorus 'Ozelot' good moderate growth, needs moderate ligh and soil soon
    Echindorus 'Rainers Kitty' good moderate growth, needs moderate ligh and soil soon
    Microsorum pteropus very good slow growth, very undemanding soon
    Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov' very good slow growth, very undemanding soon
    Lemna minor - "duckweed" good very fast growth, very undemanding, floats soon
    Limnobium laevigatum - "frogbite" good fast growth, undemanding, needs moderate till strong light, floats yes
    Pogostemon helferiŽ- "downoi" good undemanding, needs soil soon


    We chose only plants which we tested at least once in our shrimp tanks for a longer period of time, that's why the list shows only a limited number of species. If you have good experiences with any other plant species which is missing in this list or if you have some picture you would like to add, please submit them to the admin or add them into the gallery and send us a PM, so that we can add it.

    Mosses and liverworts were not listed because the majority of all available Taxiphyllum and Versicularia species as well as Amblystegium serpens, Monoselenium tenerum, Riccia fluitans and Riccardia sp. 'mini pelia' are well suited for a shrimp tank. Fissidens and Plagiominium species might grow well too but we wouldn't recommend them as easy to grow mosses.

    Keywords: Anubias, shrimp tank, Echinodorus, Hygrophila, Cryptocoryne, java fern, easy to grow, low maintance