Live plants are no different from any other living thing in the aquarium , they need care and attention. The plants below are some of the plants used by Piranha Hut and some of the plants characteristics.
Plants Native to South America
Alternanthera reineckii "Roseafolia"
This plant can be difficult to settle at the start , it takes a few days to settle into the aquarium. It adapts well to the environment after that time and its violet color will complement the color of the red piranha. Requires average to high light , water tolerance of soft to hard , and a Ph from acid to neutral.
Echinodorus bolivianus V. magdalenensis
A beautiful plant for creating the wild river allusion , it is easy to maintain , slow growing and needing little grooming. Requires high to average light , water tolerance of soft to average and a Ph from acid to neutral.
Echinodorus martii (maior)
This plant takes a little extra care, It is sensitive to iron deficiency like most other echinodorus species , the iron deficiency is noted by white transparent leaves. CO2 enrichment and high lighting will aid in growth. Requires average to high light, water tolerance of soft to hard , and a Ph from acid to neutral.
Echinodorus osiris (rubra)
This plant is a very popular plant in pet stores. Its a sword plant that is easy to care for with its youngest leaves being a beautiful reddish color. Also the leaves can detect an iron deficiency , they become transparent with a low iron level. Requires average to high light , water tolerance of soft to average , and a Ph from acid to neutral.
This plant is one of the most beautiful but difficult to grow and maintain and so rare to find. It has fine leaves with reddish stem. The plant can detect nutrient deficieny with dark leaves and slow growth. CO2 enrichment and high lighting will aid in growth and its appearnce. Requires high light, water tolerance of soft to hard and an acidic Ph.
Plants from other parts of the world
Crytocoryne wendtii - Asia
An extremely versitile plant , it is very easy to care for , requiring low to average light, water tolerance ranging from soft to hard and Ph from acid to neutral. This plant requires very little care and will thrive in your aquarium.
Cryptocoryne beckettii - Asia
This plant is amphibious, it will grow in water if not submerged and its very popular and easy to care for. Requires low to high light , water tolerance of soft to hard , and Ph from acid to neutral. A very adaptive plant that will go great in any aquarium.
Ceratopteris cornuta - South East Asia / Africa
This plant is a floating plant , great for cover , it can also be a rooted plant. This is a sturdy plant but it does require some care in terms of grooming and care. This plant requires average to high light, soft to hard water and Ph from acid to neutral.