VIVARIUM PLANTS

Vivarium plants are flora that adapts to life in an enclosed container. Once established, these plants will thrive in this controlled environment. These types of plants are often nontoxic and suitable for other inhabitants to share space with. Browse our growing list to find vivarium plants perfect for your specific terrarium or aquarium setup:

Vivarium Moss

Mosses & Moss-Like Plants

Mosses are essential to every kind of enclosure. These types of vivarium plants help bridge the gap between foreground vegetation and hardscape pieces. When deciding on a carpeting plant like moss, choose flora that not only shares similar requirements to the rest of the plants… But also blend the general theme of the tank together nicely. Browse our bryophyte list below to help you find the right mosses for your vivarium:

Types of miniature fern

Miniature Fern Plants

Ferns can be another key asset to a tank. These types of plants make up the bulk of setup and play a vital role in the creation of density. There is a wide range of ferns that can thrive in just about any type of environment. Consider adding this kind of flora to your enclosure to eliminate empty space and provide additional shelter for shy inhabitants. Browse our polypodiophyta list below to help you find the right ferns for your vivarium:

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Throughout the years, more and more species of plants are being discovered. The more we learn about them, the more that we are able to properly propagate them. Of course, this also means that there is a continuously growing amount of vegetation that we have successfully figured out how to grow inside an enclosure. One…

I am very excited to do a deep dive into this vivarium plant today. Asparagus Fern is one of my favorite vine type plants for a number of reasons. For one, it is an invasive plant that grows in abundance here in Florida. Meaning, we can obtain as much as we want for practically free.…

When it comes to ferns, there usually isn’t a wide variety of colors to choose from. They normally range through all the different shades of green. However, there aren’t many actual color variations. Well, that is until you come across the vibrant and colorful Autumn Fern. The unusual assortment this fern offers a scape is…

Nephrolepis Exaltata is a tropical species of sword fern in the Lomariopsidaceae family. It is most commonly known as Boston Fern and makes for a great indoor plant. For this particular reason, many hobbyists use it as an ornamental plant inside of their vivarium. Quick Stats: Scientific Name: Nephrolepis Exaltata Family: Lomariopsidaceae Common Names: Boston Fern,…

It is becoming a more common practice every day to see houseplants used as vivarium plants. Button Fern (Pellaea Rotundifolia) is amongst one of those popular housekeeping plants beginning to make its way into the vivarium hobby. This relatively hardy fern has some unique characteristics to it that make it’s caretaking requirements slightly different from…

Christmas moss is one of the most widely used mosses in aquarium husbandry. Although it is not very fast growing, it makes for some amazing carpet moss when used as a vivarium plant in freshwater aquariums. Christmas moss got its name due to its interesting look. This plants’ branches hang down, overlap each other, and…

Club moss (Selaginella kraussiana) is a common moss that adapts extremely well as a vivarium plant. This fast-growing, ground covering moss loves moist conditions and is relatively easy to care for. The hardiness of club moss is fairly high on the durable meter… Making it an ideal candidate for rugged inhabitants that like to play…

One of the most important aspects of having a successfully planted vivarium is having the proper knowledge about each plant in the enclosure. There are countless amounts of species out there to choose from and the options are endless. Each plant has its own maintenance requirements as well as a unique look. For that reason,…

Crystalwort (Riccia Fluitans) is one of my top favorite plants to add to an enclosure. It has a very mossy and vivid look that helps accentuate any tank. Most hobbyist, like myself, use Crystalwort either as a floating or carpeting plant. This plant is an excellent alternative to mosses like Java Moss. The fact that…

Maidenhair Fern is a very large group of plants thought are popular amongst many types of hobbyist. The Adiantum Sp. as a whole makes up for more than 200 individual types of ferns. Today’s article will cover Delta Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum Raddianum) because it is, in my opinion, the best version of Adiantum to use…

This definitive guide on feather moss (Ptilium crista-castrensis) provides an in-depth look at the vivarium plant… Care tips, how to and propagation advice

The term Fern moss refers to several varieties of species of plant of the Thuidiaceae family and Bryidae subclass. There are a number of moss species in the Thuidiaceae family that is often referred to as Fern moss. Just like their name suggests, these plants have fern-like branches that give them the appearance of a…

Flame moss is a great freshwater plant to add to most types of aquariums. Even though it has not been fully identified yet, this moss belongs to the genus Taxiphyllum and Hypnaceae family. Flame moss does not only offer exceptional aqua-scaping options, but it is will also help protect small creatures in a tank. It…

Floating Fern (Salvinia Natans) is an ideal vivarium plant when it comes to a thriving enclosure. There are a number of benefits this fern is great for when it comes to planted tanks. If you are looking for an easy-to-care-for fern that is fully aquatic, Salvinia is a really affordable option to consider. This article…

When it comes to ferns, not many are as suitable for life in an enclosure like the heart fern (Hemionitis Arifolia). The shade dwelling, high humidity dependent plant is more commonly used as a houseplant. As time is proving to many hobbyists, this fern is turning out to reveal it’s full potential when placed in…

Hornwort is one of the most popular aquarium plants and can be easily found in almost all stores. Its versatility and ability to tolerate wide ranges of conditions make this plant a common go to for beginners in the field. Hornwort is known for its fast-growing nature, serving as a safe hiding place for small…

If you have ever trying grown plants, you would know getting started can be quite intimidating. Especially when it comes to planted tanks and other types of vivaria. After all, not everyone has magical green thumbs right at the beginning. Fortunately, there are plenty of plants suitable for beginners that make a great addition to…

Java Moss (Taxiphyllum Barbieri) is a beginner-friendly vivarium plant to have in a low light enclosure with a variety of small animals. It can be especially beneficial for hobbyist trying to raise fry or tadpoles. This moss will provide shelter and help protect smaller creatures from cannibalistic adults. Java can also serve as a source…

When it comes to dressing up a vivarium, the right type of foilage can make all the difference. The Lemon Button Fern is one of the best plants to have in an enclosure. It is a relatively small fern and once its care cycle is established, this plant is pretty much care-free. Not only is…

What is Liverwort? Liverwort, scientifically known as Monosolenium Tenerum, is an aquatic plant very close to the moss family. Despite its striking similarity, this plant is not an actual moss, but rather apart of the Liverwort genus. This plant was originally mistaken and labeled as Pellia or Pelia. It wasn’t until sometime after Liverwort was…

This definitive guide on mood moss (Dicranum Scoparium) provides an in-depth look at the vivarium plant… Care tips, how to and propagation advice

What Is Mosquito Fern? Mosquito Fern (Azolla Filiculoides) is a very interesting plant to enhance a thriving vivarium. Aside from basically taking care of itself, this fern can be extremely beneficial to its environment as well as other plants. Many hobbyists use this vibrant plant as a way to decorate their tanks. Mosquito Fern’s floating…

This definitive guide on peat moss (Sphagnum Moss) provides an in-depth look at the vivarium plant… Care tips, how to and propagation advice

Phoenix Moss (Fissidens Fontanus) is quite an interesting moss that can be used in low light aquariums. This plant got its Latin name due to its appearance and the way it grows. Fissidens grows from the center out and resembles a streaming frozen fountain. It’s unique and striking look will easily catch any bystander’s attention making…

When it comes to dressing up a vivarium, there is a wide variety of plants to choose from. Each species of plant has its own unique characteristics and care requirements which must be considered. The Rabbit Foot fern, for instance, is a low maintenance plant with a very unique appearance. For this reason, many hobbyists…

Sheet moss (Hypnum Cupresiforme) is by far one of the most popular carpeting mosses to use in the vivarium hobby. The methods of growing this plant as well as availability have made it a household plant to use in a number of projects even outside of just vivarium decoration. Even though many are probably more…

Silver Lace Fern (Pteris ensiformis) is a very vibrant flora to add to an enclosure. This plant exhibits an array of bright vivid colors that can significantly add life and diversity to fairy gardens as well as terrariums. The tropical climate this fern is comfortable with paired with the low care requirements it desires makes…

Silver Ribbon Fern (Pteris cretica) is a distinct looking fern with quite a graceful appearance. Unlike some other ferns, this plant displays a variety of colors that immediately attracts spectator’s attention. Aside from its looks, Pteris cretica is also one of the most tolerant and low maintenance requirement ferns. They flourish extremely well in an…

Tortuola is a genus of mosses in the Pottiaceae family and Bryopsida class. There are a number of moss species that fall in the Pottiaceae family. This article will cover specifically the Tortula Ruralis species. Most people know Tortula Ruralis by its more common name of Star moss. This is quite a striking plant since…

Taiwan moss is not quite as well-known as other mosses. However, it is an excellent plant for both expert and beginner aquarists. This type of hypnaceae has a striking similarity to Java moss as well as Weeping moss. In fact, most people describe it as the mini version of weeping moss. Not only does Taiwan…

Planted aquariums have become an extremely popular hobby in recent times. Most people no longer favor the idea of having fake vegetation in their enclosures. I mean, I don’t blame them. Having live plants not only enhances the aesthetic appearance of any setup, but they are also highly beneficial to its overall sustainability and health.…

Weeping Moss (Vesicularia Ferriei) is a plant that has begun to really grow in popularity within recent years. Being a great alternative to Java moss, This plant’s unique branching style offers vivarium enthusiast an interesting take on freshwater aquariums. The caretaking and propagation of this moss are much like many other common aquatic mosses and…

Willow moss (Fontinalis Antipyretica) is a great vivarium plant to have in aquatic enclosures. Its ability to absorb minerals, tolerate lower temperatures as well as low light requirements, are all reasons to consider using it in a vivarium. The pleasing look of this moss is great for adding diversity to underwater settings and its close…

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