When first starting an aquarium buying quality faux plants can seem daunting… these little guys aren’t exactly cheap. So unless you have a crisp stack of hundies (as my hubby would say) burning a hole in your pocket buying plants a few at a time is much easier on the pocket book.
Since I have been scouring my local stores as well as the internet for plants that would fit in either my 20 gallon hexagon tank or my larger 55 gallon corner tank I have acquired quite a few plants.
And by quite a few I mean way too freaking many. My brother says I have enough plants to stock my two big tanks, both of my Betta tanks, his 55 gallon tank, his 30 gallon tank and his 20 gallon tank.
I think that’s an exaggeration but on the off chance that he’s right I’ve gone through the inventory and put together a list of my favorite 12 pastel aquarium plants for large tanks. So that you don’t have to buy every plant in the book to put together your aquarium.
Tall Aqua and Pink Leafy Plant
I am placing this plant at the top of the list because it is my absolute favorite. It’s 13 inches tall so it’s the perfect size for a talllll plant in a rectangular 10 to 20 gallon tank. It’s more of a medium plant in a tall aquarium but either way it’s gorgeous.
It’s full and leafy which takes up a bit of space while adding a bit of texture.
This little guy is my absolute favorite plant… I might have one in allllll of my tanks! The betta tank, the 20 gallon hexagon and the 55 gallon corner tank. It’s a great little plant that my fish really seem to like swimming through since the little arms float in the water.
My favorite part of this particular plant is how easy it is to clean. I have a few tiny anemones from the local pet store and they are super hard to clean algae off of! I’m not sure what material these are made of but it’s different in some easy to clean kind of way.
Unfortunitely, of alllllll the plants in my 55 gallon this little anemone was the only one to turn blue after having to treat new fish for ick. Even though I kept it out of the water for almost two weeks while the blue medicine was in the aquarium it still turned blue after putting it back in the cycled water. Luckily I like blue so it’s all good, but if that’s a deal breaker for you make sure to keep it out of the water during medicating and for a month or so afterwards.
Tall Pink Glo Plant
This plant is actually quite tall and with only a couple of leaves it’s quite skinny so you can tuck it into small spaces. It’s labeled as a glow plant but it doesn’t actually glow quite like your typical glow plant would.
It is definitely a bright shock of pink though!
Multi-Pack Silk Aquarium Plants
This little plant pack packs quite the punch. I absolutely l love how you get a great variety of colors and leaf types in one pack. I absolutely love the purple plant on the left and can not wait to put it in my 55 gallon tank.
The other two plants were quickly snapped up by my brother so I’ll grab a pic of those plants the next time I’m over by his tanks!
Glowing Pink Plant with Frog
This little plant was an impulse purchase for me and it turned out to be one of my absolute favorite plants. It’s short but the pink leaves are a great texture (my butterfly loaches and albino catfish love to eat algae off of them since they’re fairly flat) and this little gal is so cute under the blue light.
Not only do each of the veins in the leaves glow but the little frog has so much detail under the blue light that you never see during the day time.
Small Blue and Green Fern
This little fern is almost aqua in color which is absolutely beautiful. I have it in one of my little 2.5 gallon Betta tanks and it’s the perfect scale. It would be amazing in a medium tank as a tall skinny element… or a large tank as a small element.
Small Bamboo Leaf Glow Plant
This little guy is only 6 inches tall but it glows like the sun! When I turn the tank lights off at night this little guy is like a beacon of light that you can see all the way across the room. Even though it’s a bit shorter in my 55 gallon aquarium I’ve placed it slightly in the back of the tank so that the glow is contained but it’s still visible.
Even though I don’t want to fill my entire aquarium with glow plants I do like being able to turn on the blue night lights in the evening and have the different glow plants make the tank come alive. New details show up that aren’t visible in the day time which makes the tank seem completely different in the evening.
Small Blue, White and Pink Plant
This little guy is much smaller than I thought he would be… but with those large white leaves with the blue edges and pink centers it’s a great color combination to add to your tank. Plus it does have a few larger skinny aqua leaves in the back to add a couple different textures all at once.
As long as you’re not expecting a huge plant this little guy is a great filler plant for small to medium aquariums.
Blue and Green Fern Plant
This little plant is definitely a small to medium size but it’s just like a little fern. I especially like how the leaves go from green to blue giving you the difference in color and texture. I try to add as many different textured plants as possible into each tank. It definitely helps the tank to look more interesting plus the fish love to swim through all the different types of leaves.
I think about how their environment would be in the ocean or streams…. there would be a variety of plants to swim through! Okay maybe that’s all in my head but I don’t think so.
You can see the scale of this little fern compared to the aqua and pink leafy plant I shared above. It’s about half the height and definitely spreads out quite a bit. Excuse the little fishy in the foreground… this picture was taken as I was treating her for ick. She’s much better now
Tall Blue and White Plant
This is one the few tall plants I was able to find! It’s a full 21 inches which means it is actually tall enough for a tall aquarium (like my 20 gallon hexagon tank or the 55 gallon corner tank). Unfortunitely while I love the look of a tall tank it is very difficult to track down plants that don’t fall short of the top.
Purple, Pink and White Bio Orb Plants
Okay I might not have bought this particular set of plants yet… but it just showed up in my “you might like this” recommendations and I’m absolutely smitten. I love the color palette and all the different textures! I don’t really need it but it may just make it’s way into my collection anyways… what do you think?
Leave a comment below if you think I should pick this set up!
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