Your cart is empty.

Oliver Knott: aquatic plant quality

How to recognize good aquarium plants

In this video, Oliver Knott shares from his experience and tells us, how to recognize high-quality aquatic plants for your aquarium. For example, he teaches you how to examine stems, leaves and roots to assess the condition of a plant. It is also explained splendidly, how the amount and growth of a portion differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, but also that there are immense seasonal growth differences.

In this video, Oliver also presents different versions of aquarium plants: On the one hand, the so-called potted ware, in which the plant is cultivated in a substrate made of rock wool or sometimes coconut fibers. The substrate is in a small plastic pot. Another way to buy aquatic plants, is as InVitro-cultivated plants. These plants are cultivated under sterile laboratory conditions as Meristem culture and usually sold in a sealed cup, in which the aquarium plant floats or stands in a nutrient gel or nutrient fluid, ensuring nutrient supply over a longer period of time. We have clarified the exact differences between the various forms of sale in a dedicated article in our aquascaping Wiki. The pros and cons are explained in detail there.

Topfpflanze Anubia barteri var nana Elatine Hydropiper in  Vitro

At Aquasabi’s, we take great care to offer our customers good quality plants. This begins with the fact that we only purchase our aquatic plants from renowned nurseries, such as Tropica, Dennerle or Anubias. These manufacturers are a guarantee for high quality. Thus, we can ensure to be able to offer you premium plants at any time, starting with our choice of suppliers.

Also for quality reasons, we only offer high quality potted wares and plants from InVitro culture in our online shop. You will not find inferior bunch wares - which are usually imported from the Far East - in our assortment. If we offer plant portions or bunchware at Aquasabi’s, these plants always come from our own submerged nursery - meaning, we cultivated them ourselves. Only in this way can we ensure the quality our name stands for and monitor it continuously. Among them you may find a rarity or another, that’s not usually available in trade - but only at Aquasabi’s.

Limnophila sp.


Unhealthy-looking or damaged aquatic plants are sorted out before shipment. We do our best to keep the goods undamaged during transport. The plants are packed very carefully and the shipping carton is well padded.
Btw.: it is possible to ship aquatic plants during the winter, too! We take the proper precautions and equip the parcel with a styro-box and - if necessary - a heatpack. If you want to know more, please read the article on shipping during winter.

Checking the plants

The plant did not survive shipping?

If a plant does not arrive in optimal condition: we will certainly find a solution. Send us a picture of the damaged plant, before you plant it into your aquarium. The plants and the reason for your objection need to be clearly visible. You can send us the picture via email to yoohoo@aquasabi.com together with a short description and the order number. We will gladly take care of the problem.