Aquarium plants are a common sight in freshwater tanks. Their bright green colors are gorgeous and offer a unique backdrop against which the vibrant shadings of the fish stand out and may be displayed to their fullest advantage.
Besides being attractive, aquarium plants are a crucial supplement to the air pump since they aid in oxygenating the water. Depending on their sizes, they also provide some hiding places for fish and other aquarium dwellers.
Another important aspect of aquarium plants is the temperature regulation within the tank. Even though the temperature changes in a tank are very small, the plants do have the beneficial ability to shade fish from direct light.
They aren't just useful as hideout places for the fish in your tank, but they also serve to help protect their scales from the damaging effects of direct natural or artificial light. This protection is appropriate when light in the dome of the fish tank is too strong for the fish living in it.
Aquarium Plants have become so popular, that some hobbyists forgo the introduction of fish to a tank and instead simply keep the plants. Although the tank will require regular cleanings to remain mostly algae free, this has the added benefit of not having to worry about food and frequent water changes. It is important to remember that in this instance the overcrowding of a tank with plants may be its own undoing, and moderation is the key to beautiful plant survival.