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21 Beautiful Red Aquarium Plants To Add Color To Your Tank

21  Beautiful Red Aquarium Plants To Add Color To Your Tank

Do you love the fiery and passionate colors of red? Then you’re in luck! The world of aquarium plants is filled with a spectrum of stunning shades of red that will make your tank come to life. 

These plants are not only visually captivating but also offer a range of benefits for your aquarium ecosystem. 

So if you’re ready to infuse your aquatic world with a touch of fiery red, keep reading to discover some of the most vibrant and dazzling red aquarium plants available in the market!

1. Alternanthera Reineckii

First on our list, and for a good reason, is the stunning Alternanthera Reineckii. 

This red aquatic plant is a show-stopper with its mesmerizing vibrant coloration that can range from deep reds to magenta, creating a notable contrast to the green hues of other aquarium plants! 

Its intense red coloration can further be enhanced with proper light and nutrient supplementation, making it a sought-after plant among aquarists. 

Scientific nameAlternanthera reineckii roseafolia
Light requirementModerate to high
Growth rateSlow
Maximum height20 inches
CO2Optional supplementation
NutritionOptional fertilization
Care difficultyEasy

2. Ammania Senegalensis

ammania senegalensis
Photo: ismael_aqua

Another red aquarium plant that’s hard to ignore is the Ammania Senegalensis, originally from West Africa. 

While this plant is relatively easy to care for, it’s its vivid red coloration that steals the show. Its leaves are a fiery shade of red that makes a bold statement in any aquarium environment. 

For this red plant to keep its beautiful red color, it’s best to give it a good amount of lighting and water that’s rich in nutrients. If you really want to see this plant at its absolute best, here’s a little insider tip: natural sunlight works wonders!

With the right care, Ammania Senegalensis can add a stunning and dynamic visual element to your aquatic landscape.

3. Bacopa Colorata

bacopa colorata
Photo: mj23kelvin

Bacopa Colorata is a unique red aquarium plant with a deep maroon coloration that adds a striking contrast to the greens and blues of other aquatic plants. 

Unlike some red aquarium plants, Bacopa Colorata is among those that don’t require CO2 supplementation to maintain its rich coloration. 

That’s why it’s a hit with aquarium lovers who want an easy-to-care-for yet eye-catching addition to their planted tanks!

Scientific nameBacopa colorata
Light requirementLow
Growth rateSlow
Maximum height30 inches
Substrate requirementsSand or gravel
CO2Doesn’t require supplementation
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyEasy

4. Barclaya Longifolia Red

This aquatic plant is characterized by its stunningly vibrant red coloration, which ranges from a deep ruby red to a bright magenta. 

The coolest part is that this plant is a total breeze to take care of, perfect for newbie aquarists who don’t want to fuss with CO2 supplements. 

It also grows among the tank plants that grow well in sandy substrate. With just the right balance of light and nutrients, it can shoot up to a whopping 16 inches tall, turning any aquarium into a jaw-dropping scenery.

The color is unbelievable! 

Scientific nameBarclaya longifolia red
Light requirementModerate to high
Growth rateMedium
Maximum height8 to 16 inches
Substrate requirementsSand
CO2Supplementation is advised
NutritionFertilization is required
Care difficultyEasy

5. Echinodorus ‘Hadi Red Pearl’

echinodorus hadi red pearl
Photo: erikadi91

Echinodorus ‘Hadi Red Pearl’ is a beautiful red aquarium plant that’s also commonly known as the Red Amazon Sword. As the name suggests, this plant is a member of the Echinodorus genus and originates from the Amazon basin. 

It’s characterized by its beautiful red coloration, which can range from deep burgundy to bright pink. The leaves of this plant are long and narrow with a pointed tip, giving it a remarkable appearance that can add depth and texture to any aquarium setup. 

Echinodorus ‘Hadi Red Pearl’ can grow quite tall which makes it an excellent option for 40 gallon aquariums. 

With proper lighting and nutrient supplementation, this red beauty can become a focal point of your planted tank.

Scientific nameEchinodorus ‘Hadi Red Pearl’
Light requirementModerate
Growth rateModerate
Maximum height20 inches
Substrate requirementsSand, gravel
CO2Doesn’t require supplementation
NutritionFertilization is required
Care difficultyEasy

6. Echinodorus ‘Red Diamond’

This plant is also a member of the Echinodorus genus, which is known for its beautiful sword-shaped leaves. 

Echinodorus ‘Red Diamond’ is characterized by its deep red coloration, which contrasts beautifully with other greens and blues in the aquarium. 

This plant has some serious growth spurt potential! It can stretch itself out to over 20 inches tall, making it one of the most mesmerizing plants that can rise above the water’s surface. That said, it is best to grow it in a larger tank. 

When it comes to care, ‘Red Diamond’ can be relatively easy to maintain, but it does require proper lighting and nutrient supplementation to maintain its vibrant red coloration. 

Moderate to high lighting is what this plant needs and it loves to indulge in nutrient-rich water. So, a little CO2 supplementation will do the trick! 

Scientific nameEchinodorus ‘Red Diamond’
Light requirementModerate
Growth rateModerate
Maximum height20+ inches
Substrate requirementsSand, gravel
CO2Doesn’t require supplementation
NutritionFertilization is required
Care difficultyEasy

7. Echinodorus ‘Red Devil’

This stunning plant is named after its distinct appearance, which resembles the color of a blazing inferno. It was bred by a renowned aquatic plant breeder, Tomas Kaliebe, who’s known for his work in creating unique and colorful plant varieties.

Unlike other Amazon sword plants that grow pretty tall, Echinodorus ‘Red Devil’ reaches up to 15 inches and is characterized by its long, narrow leaves with a ruby-red or pinkish hue. 

While it may require a bit more care and attention than some other red aquarium plants, the stunning beauty of Red Devil Amazon Sword is well worth the effort!

Additionally, Echinodorus ‘Red Devil’ is one of the aquarium plants that can grow relatively quickly under the right conditions. 

Its fast growth rate makes it an excellent choice for aquarium hobbyists looking to create a lush and vibrant planted tank in a short amount of time. 

However, it’s important to keep in mind that with rapid growth comes the need for regular maintenance, including pruning and trimming, to keep the plant healthy and looking its best.

Scientific nameEchinodorus ‘Red Devil’ 
Light requirementModerate
Growth rateFast
Maximum height5 to 12 inches
Substrate requirementsSand, gravel
CO2Doesn’t require supplementation
NutritionFertilization is required
Care difficultyEasy

8. Echinodorus ‘Ozelot Red’

The next plant on our list is the Echinodorus Ozelot, a strikingly beautiful sword plant with unique features that set it apart from its cousins.

One of the most striking features of the Echinodorus Ozelot is its red-brown leaves with elliptical black spots, giving it its distinctive appearance and its name. 

What’s unique about the Echinodorus Ozelot is that it doesn’t require CO2 injections to maintain its coloration, making it a great choice for aquarium hobbyists who don’t want to invest in a CO2 system. 

Additionally, this plant is relatively low-maintenance and can thrive in a variety of water parameters! But, keep an eye out for tiger barbs as they like to nip on its leaves!

Scientific nameEchinodorus ‘Ozelot Red’
Light requirementModerate
Growth rateModerate
Maximum height20 to 30 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Doesn’t require supplementation
NutritionFertilization is required
Care difficultyEasy

9. Lagenandra Meeboldii Red

Named after the discoverer, Alfred Karl Meebold, the Lagenandra Meeboldii Red is a plant that is sure to add a touch of elegance to any planted aquarium.

If you’ve never heard about it, that’s okay because this plant is pretty rare in the aquarium hobby. But, it is definitely worth seeking out. 

Similar in appearance to a medium-sized, broad-leaved Cryptocoryne, Lagenandra Meeboldii Red is a slow grower and easy to care for, making it a great choice for both beginner and experienced aquarium hobbyists. 

One fascinating fact about this plant is that it was used to create a hybrid plant called Lagenandra ‘Cora Bastmeijer’. 

This artificial hybrid was created by crossing the Indian L. meeboldii with the Sri Lankan L. thwaitesii (Araceae), resulting in a unique and beautiful plant that combines the best traits of both species!

Scientific nameLagenandra meedboldii Red
Light requirementLow
Growth rateSlow
Maximum height10 to 20 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Doesn’t need supplementation
NutritionFertilization is required
Care difficultyEasy

10. Ludwigia Arcuata

Ludwigia arcuata is a plant that is highly sought after by aquarium enthusiasts due to its attractive reddish color. But, this color is not easy to develop. 

Ludwigia arcuata is a species that requires a lot of light and nutrients to achieve its characteristic reddish coloration. 

Even with optimal conditions, it can be challenging to turn this plant red. Factors such as water quality, lighting intensity, and CO2 levels can all impact the plant’s ability to produce red pigments.

One of the interesting things about this plant is that it can be grown both submersed and emersed. When grown emersed, the leaves remain green and are round, while submersed growth produces the famous red hue. 

Keep in mind that this beautiful aquarium plant is sensitive to parameter swings and does not thrive in low-quality tank conditions, making it a challenging plant for beginners.

Scientific nameLudwigia arcuata
Light requirementModerate to high
Growth rateSlow to moderate
Maximum height20 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Supplementation is required
NutritionFertilization is required
Care difficultyDifficult

11. Ludwigia Glandulosa

Ludwigia glandulosa is another popular red aquarium plant that is loved by aquarists for its striking color and unique appearance. 

The leaves of this plant are directly affected by light conditions, so it requires warm temperatures, phosphates and nitrates in its environment, and plenty of light to grow well. 

Despite being widely commercialized as an aquarium plant, it is a threatened or even endangered species in some regions of the North-Eastern United States.

Interestingly, a study has found that Ludwigia glandulosa can withstand high concentrations of salts and could be an indicator of water quality not only through its morphological and color changes but also when examined at an anatomical and physiological level. 

So not only is it a beautiful addition to your aquarium, but it can also help you monitor and maintain the quality of your tank water!

Scientific nameLudwigia Glandulosa
Light requirementModerate to high
Growth rateSlow
Maximum height15 to 30 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Optional supplementation
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyDifficult

12. Ludwigia palustris ‘Super Red’

Ludwigia palustris ‘Super Red’ is a relatively easy plant to grow and propagate, but achieving its vibrant red coloration can require some extra effort. 

It requires high lighting and CO2 supplementation to thrive, and its coloration intensifies under these conditions.

This is a fast-growing stem plant that is perfect for those who enjoy frequent trimming and maintenance. Regular pruning and trimming promotes new growth and encourages the plant to become denser.

It is worth noting that this plant can still grow with lower light, but its color may not be as vivid.

Scientific nameLudwigia palustris ‘Super Red’
Light requirementModerate to high
Growth rateModerate
Maximum height10 to 30 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Optional supplementation
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyModerate

13. Ludwigia Repens

ludwigia repens
Photo: sebaquatics

If you’re looking for plants that flower, Red leaf Ludwigia is a stunning choice that captures attention even without its blossoms.

However, it’s worth noting that this beauty doesn’t stop at foliage alone. It proudly produces small, yellow flowers that can make your tank glow! 

According to a study, Ludwigia is an adaptable plant capable of producing both submersed and emergent growth, and even growing terrestrially. 

One of the plant’s most striking features is its bright red color, which adds a pop of color to any aquarium. 

Interestingly, this plant also has some mild sedative and analgesic properties, making it not only a visually appealing addition to your aquascape, but potentially useful for medicinal purposes as well!

Scientific nameLudwigia repens
Light requirementModerate to high
Growth rateFast
Maximum height20 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Optional supplementation
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyEasy

14. Myriophyllum Tuberculatum Red

Commonly known as the Red Watermilfoil, Myriophyllum Tuberculatum is a stunning plant with a vibrant red color that is sure to turn heads. It has a striking resemblance to two other aquarium plants, Limnophila Heterophylla and Sessiliflora. 

Howevwe, unlike other red aquarium plants, this one possesses leaves that are thin and needle-like, resembling tree needles.

But, these needle-like leaves require high lighting to maintain their color and grow fast. Therefore, regular pruning is necessary to prevent it from shading other plants.

Red Watermilfoil is an excellent choice as a filler plant due to its fast growth, and it naturally grows in slow-flowing and stagnant waters, making it an ideal choice for fish such as bettas and blue gouramis. 

Scientific nameMyriophyllum Tuberculatum Red
Light requirementHigh
Growth rateFast
Maximum height6 to 12 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Supplementation is required
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyDifficult

15. Persicaria São Paulo

persicaria são paulo
Photo: scapers_tale

Despite being relatively new to the aquarium hobby, Persicaria São Paulo has quickly gained popularity due to its vibrant coloration and unique leaf shape. 

With a color scheme that can range from bold reds to rich purples and even magentas, this plant is a real stunner. Similar to other plants on our list, the more light it receives, the brighter its color becomes!

This particular type of Persicaria is considered a semi-emersed plant making it a perfect fit for open tanks, as well as background or midground placement. 

Scientific namePersicaria sp. ‘São Paulo’
Light requirementHigh
Growth rateFast
Maximum height5 to 10 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Supplementation is advised
NutritionFertilization is needed
Care difficultyModerate

16. Proserpinaca Palustris

proserpinaca palustris
Photo: pezverde.es

Proserpinaca Palustris, or the captivating Mermaid weed, is not a common plant in the aquarium hobby but its unique appearance is something you shouldn’t overlook. 

Its serrated leaves give it a sawtooth-like look and its shades of orange, red, and green. 

While it may not be as popular as other aquarium plants, it can be a great centerpiece in smaller tanks or as a dominant plant in the middle or foreground. 

Its slow growth rate allows for easy maintenance and replacement of clippings. 

Scientific nameProserpinaca palustris
Light requirementMedium to high
Growth rateSlow
Maximum height4 to 16 inches
Substrate requirementsSand, fine gravel
CO2Supplementation is advised
NutritionFertilization is needed
Care difficultyModerate

17. Red Tiger Lotus

With its mesmerizing shades of deep reds and purples, Red Tiger Lotus really brings a whole new vibe to your tank. 

To get the most vibrant and vivid color from this plant, it’s important to provide moderate to high lighting and fertilization. The substrate requirements are not too demanding, so it’s a good fit for most aquarium setups. You don’t need to worry about CO2 supplementation as it grows well without it.

But it’s important to keep in mind that this plant can grow and spread quickly, so it’s a good idea to keep its growth under control. You can do this by confining the roots, controlling the amount of light, and trimming overgrown leaves. 

And if you want to prevent seeds from developing and falling on the substrate, simply cut the flowers before they wilt.

Scientific nameNymphaea zenkeri
Light requirementModerate to high
Growth rateModerate
Maximum height35 inches
Substrate requirementsNone
CO2Doesn’t require supplementation 
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyEasy

18. Rotala Macrandra

rotala macrandra
Photo: topaquaticsg

Rotala Macrandra is not only a beautiful and vibrant addition to any aquarium, but it also has a few red varieties such as: 

  • Rotala Macrandra ‘Variegated’ 
  • Rotala Macrandra ‘Mini Butterfly’
  • Rotala Macrandra ‘Narrow Leaf’ 

This plant develops leaves that are a stunning crimson red color – sure to catch the eye of anyone who sees it. It’s no wonder why so many fishkeepers love it!

And the best part is that it can be paired with a variety of tank mates, including bettas, tetras, gouramis, danios, barbs, platies, and guppies. 

Just make sure to avoid African cichlids and other aggressive types of Kribensis fish that may damage the delicate leaves. 

Scientific nameRotala macrandra
Light requirementHigh
Growth rateModerate to fast
Maximum height8 to 12 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Requires supplementation
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyDifficult

19. Rotala Rotundifolia

Rotala rotundifolia is a stunning plant with a striking red appearance and narrow, round leaves. 

Its beauty comes with a price though, this plant is considered an invasive species, so it’s crucial to be mindful of how you dispose of any excess or unwanted portions of it. 

Just be sure to provide it with adequate lighting, as the intensity of the light will determine the exact shade of red the plant will display. 

Over time, you may notice changes in the coloration of the plant as it adjusts to its environment. 

To maintain its vivid hues, the plant requires adequate lighting and some fertilization. Remember, improper care can cause the plant’s red color to fade and appear dull, and we don’t want that to happen!

Scientific nameRotala rotundifolia
Light requirementModerate
Growth rate12 inches
Maximum heightFast
Substrate requirementsSand or gravel
CO2Doesn’t require supplementation
NutritionAdvised fertilization
Care difficultyEasy

20. Rotala Wallichii

Rotala wallichii, also known as worley rotala, is a stunning plant that boasts beautiful red shoot tips when grown in good lighting conditions.

This plant has thin, delicate leaves that can create a lush forest of red and green when grown in clusters. 

Unlocking the true beauty of Rotala wallichii requires a secret ingredient: carbon dioxide supplementation. Without it, this plant won’t reveal its signature red colors that make it so distinctive.

This plant does not do well with aggressive tank mates that are known to nibble on leaves. Goldfish, in particular, should be avoided. Therefore, it’s best to choose fish with relaxed natures, such as tetras or rasboras.

Scientific nameRotala wallichii
Light requirementHigh
Growth rateModerate to fast
Maximum height10 to 30 inches
Substrate requirementsGravel or soil
CO2Supplementation is optional
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyDifficult

21. Rotala Yao Yai

Rotala Yao Yai is incredibly adaptable to a wide range of water parameters, making it a dream come true for beginner aquarists. 

What’s even more remarkable is that Rotala yao yai can thrive in aquariums without CO2 injection, although it will benefit from it if available. 

The plant’s beautiful coloration and density are more pronounced with sufficient light and CO2. 

You don’t have to worry about turning off the lights at night, as the plant’s photosynthesis will not stop. 

However, it’s important to note that the plant’s life rhythm is impacted by outside light, so aquarium lights should be turned on during the day, instead of during the night, and ideally turned on and off at the same time every day.

Propagation is as simple as trimming and planting the stems, and they will quickly take root and grow into a lush forest. 

As a background plant, Rotala yao yai adds depth and dimension to your aquascape, creating a beautiful and natural-looking environment for your fishy friends to thrive in.

Scientific nameRotala yao yai
Light requirementHigh
Growth rateModerate to fast
Maximum height4 to 10 inches
Substrate requirementsNutrient-rich substrate
CO2Supplementation is advised
NutritionFertilization is advised
Care difficultyEasy

Final Thoughts

These red aquarium plants offer a range of options for aquascapers of all levels. But not only that, these plants are great for all kinds of tank critters, as they offer safe hiding places and even yummy snacks from time to time!

It’s important to note that achieving the vibrant red coloration in these aquarium plants requires proper lighting and care. 

While some of these red aquarium plants may be more difficult to care for, with the right knowledge and patience, the effort will undoubtedly pay off!