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The 5 Best Glow in the Dark Plants of 2017

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Glow in the dark plants is an amazing way to bring some magic and fantasy to any aquarium. Prepare to amaze your guest and light up your fish tank like never before. While this is the most popular use for these decorations, they can also bring the same magic to your garden. Place them in between your real plants for a real fairy-like experience.

The following products are, in our humble opinion, some good options if you want to kit your home aquarium out with some fantastical glow in the dark plants.

Comparisson Table

 

Saim® Glowing Effect Artificial Lotus Root, Leaves, and Flowers for Fish Tank Decoration Plastic Aquarium Ornament
by Glow Decorations
Beautiful fixture consisting of a variety of Asiatic plants. Requires actinic lighting.
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Saim Glow in the Dark Artificial Plastic Plant Fish Tank Decor Aquarium Ornament
by Glow Decorations
Glow in the dark plant that is super realistic.
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Yuxier Aquarium decor Glowing Mushroom glowing Coral Ornament for Fish Tank (4 pieces)
by Glow Decorations
A set of 4 different glow in the dark plants. Arrange your tank just the way you want.
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Saim Glowing Effect Artificial Coral Plant for Fish Tank Decor Aquarium Ornament
by Glow Decorations
Simple, yet beautiful corals for your home aquarium. A wide range of choices.
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Saim Glowing Effect Artificial Plastic Plant for Aquarium Decor Fish Tank Ornament
by Glow Decorations
Stunning, mystical glow in the dark plant to light up your fish tank.
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Saim® Glowing Effect Artificial Lotus Root, Leaves and Flowers for Fish Tank Decoration Plastic Aquarium Ornament

Overview

by Glow Decorations

Let’s start off this list with a product from Saim (it won’t be the last). Saim is a huge brand when it comes to all kinds of artificial, glow in the dark ornaments for fish tanks. The first product of theirs we are reviewing is this mini garden that’s made up of various plant imitations such as lotus root, lotus leaves, and flowers.

Pros
Beautiful and magical design Nice, big fixture
Cons
Needs actinic lighting to function properly.

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The lotus roots create a real magical feel that will make your aquarium landscaping seem as if pulled straight from a fairy tale. The shape will also attract fish as a form of shelter, leading to plenty of interaction.

Saim Glow in the Dark Artificial Plastic Plant Fish Tank Decor Aquarium Ornament

Overview

by Glow Decorations

We told you there would be more products from Saim on this list. They are just too good to ignore. However, this one is much different than the previous product. This plant is more realistic and less fanciful. If you want to make your aquarium or fish tank look as if there is a real landscape inside, this is the way to go.

Pros
Very realistic Beautiful design Good price
Cons
Need to provide it with very direct and intense light to charge

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These plants are actual glow in the dark in that they absorb light from external sources and then glow by themselves in the dark. The density of the plants will also provide excellent shelter for fish and they will love you for it.

Yuxier Aquarium decor Glowing Mushroom glowing Coral Ornament for Fish Tank (4 pieces)

Overview

by Glow Decorations

What makes this such a nice option is the fact that it’s actually pack made up of 4 different pieces of glow in the dark plants. That makes it easier to mix and match and arrange your fish tank or aquarium how you see fit.

Pros
Separate fixtures Gorgeously designed
Cons
Only works under actinic lighting

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It consists of one large mushroom, another set of cap mushrooms, and then two more sets of what looks a lot like sea anemones or other sea life you would find in corals. We have to say that this is probably the best looking set on this list. The plants are just gorgeous. It will instantly transform your aquarium for the better.

Saim Glowing Effect Artificial Coral Plant for Fish Tank Decor Aquarium Ornament

Overview

by Glow Decorations

Compared to most of the previous products, this one seems rather simple. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it is a beautifully made and effective glow in the dark aquarium plant. Even in light they look stunning. They are made to look like typical coral life and will entice your fish to no end.

Pros
Many options to choose from Very beautiful designs
Cons
Quite small Requires lighting

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You can also choose from a wider variety of colors and designs to get just the look you’re looking for. Blue and yellow, green and red, pink and orange as well as solid caps or tentacle shaped ones are available.

They are pretty small with a 8.5cm/3.3″ base width and 9.5cm/3.7″ Inch height to be exact. This is either a positive as it can fit in anywhere or a negative if you need a larger plant to fill up your tank.

Saim Glowing Effect Artificial Plastic Plant for Aquarium Decor Fish Tank Ornament

Overview

by Glow Decorations

This is one stunning glow in the dark aquarium plant. If the picture didn’t impress you, nothing will. It’s a simple enough fixture but something you can build your whole fish tank design around. If you look closely, the detail is very realistic, making even this magical plant seem real.

Pros
Amazing design Good dimensions
Cons
None

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You will require some black or blue lighting in your fish tank for the glow effect to really work but this plant is safe for all fish types. It’s 3.8” high and the base is 2.4” by 5.3”.

 

Glow in the dark stone buyers guide

As a home aquarium or fish tank owner, you probably know how sensitive your fish are. You need to take the ultimate care to keep them alive and well. However, in the end, glow in the dark plants are made to decorate and beautify your home aquarium so they shouldn’t be dull either.

Let’s look at the most important considerations when choosing glow in the dark plants for your fish tank.

Size

Of course, it would be completely useless to buy a glow in the dark plant that does not fit inside your fish tank. If you have some other fixtures inside too the horizontal dimensions become extra important.

You also don’t want the plants to be too small and if you are a perfectionist you will also want them to be proportional to the other fixtures inside the tank. You should carefully plan exactly what you want before buying any new plants.

Glow in the dark or actinic lighting

Out and out glow in the dark plants for aquarium tanks are pretty rare. Most plants make use of actinic lighting. However, this type of setup produces an effect that looks almost exactly like glow in the dark. If you have seen these plants somewhere, chances are it was with this method.

Luckily, actinic lighting is fairly inexpensive. Most setups are only $15 which isn’t bad at all considering the effect it will have on your aquarium.

Materials

As long as you buy from reputable sources you shouldn’t have to worry about the materials. Distributors know what is safe for use inside a fish tank and will quickly go out of business if customers fish end up dead.

However, you should look for plastic silicone material if you want to be safe. These should be suitable for both freshwater and saltwater fish.