I’m personally a big advocate of live plants in any aquatic environment (fish, amphibians, reptiles, etc). However choosing the right plants for your setup is very important because different plants need different things to thrive. If you have an axolotl tank you typically have cool water and low lighting so if you put in a plant that needs a lot of bright light it will probably end up dying (and decaying plant matter = ammonia).
What are the benefits to adding live plants?
- Live plants are great for helping boost your beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacteria love living on the surfaces of plant leaves.
- Plants help add O2 to the water, so with plants you will have a higher amount of dissolved oxygen in the water.
- Plants use nitrates as food.
So as you can see plants aren’t just for decoration, they actually perform a job in helping keep a tank healthy.
Axolotl Friendly Plants: (You can purchase plants on our store! Vegas Axolotls Online Store )
- Any variety of Anubias (I personally like Anubias Nana and Anubias Barteri)
- Java Fern
- Java Moss
- Frog Bite
- Moss Balls (Marimo Moss)