by Izaz Ahmad
Oxygen is a natural element that cannot be lived without. Be it animals or plants; both rely heavily on the availability of oxygen to function. Aquatic animals and plants rely on dissolved oxygen within the water just as much as land animals and plants do.
As a result of the process of photosynthesis, using other elements like Carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight, plants produce oxygen as a by-product along with an energy that they use to regenerate their cells and grow.
It is among the prevalent aquatic plants that yield oxygen. With growing up to 10 feet, it is a very tall stem plant. Not only this, but one of the reasons it is trendy among the aquarium community is that it grows very fast and can be put in ponds as well.
However, this growth rate is heavily dependent on light and shows a direct correlation that is, the more the light, the faster the growth. For best results, it should be kept in high light intensity conditions.
Any substrate can be used for this plant, and the optimum temperature lies between 59 to 86 F. The pH tolerance range is from 6 to 7.5, and the hardness tolerance range is from 5 to 15 GH.
This is yet another prevalent plant when it comes to the aquarium hobby. Not only this, but it goes by the names Egeria, Brazilian waterweed, Brazilian Elodea, etc. It reaches a height of 8 inches maximum, is fast-growing, and very easy to maintain.
It can take temperatures as low as 60 F and so can be kept in cold waters as well. It requires moderate light.
Considered one of the earliest plants in this sector, it still is a favorite. It can tolerate a wide range of water parameters and temperatures as low as 65 F. It is also fast growing.
A fast-growing stem plant, but delicate as compared to others. This is why it is not the right choice for beginners. It should not be kept in areas with aggressive plant-eating fish.
It is a tall stem plant that grows about 11 inches in height. Green in color, but it changes to brown at the tips if kept in high light intensities.
It is another tall stem plant that grows to a height if about 19 inches. It is easy to take care of and can tolerate temperatures as low as 60 F.
It is tall, fast-growing, and easy to maintain. It propagates and provides a carpeting effect.
It is very popular; however, it is small and grows into 2 inches of height only. It is best for smaller aquariums placed within homes. It is fragile.
Moneywort can grow up to twelve inches and is moderately hardy. It requires moderate light and performs best in 72 to 82 F temperatures.
It is fast-growing and highly adaptable and qualifies as an emerging plant. Its leaves grow red with sunlight and are easy on the eyes.
These are the most popular and in-demand oxygenating aquarium plants which not only provide the aquarium with this crucial element that sustains all of life but also add an aesthetic viewing pleasure as well as color and greenery to the aquarium.