aqua essentials review

We’re very lucky to have so many reviews from customers of Aqua Essentials, and it might be something that you have not seen. I also appreciate that for new customers, it can be a bit of a gamble when buying aquarium plants online, especially if you have had poor aquatic plants in the past from other retailers and as result are slightly anxious about purchasing again.

As a result, displaying unedited aqua essentials reviews is a great way to see what customers decide to write about us – a bit like when people review products on Amazon. They are 100% legitimate, and we back this up by providing images of customers – some are happy to send in their picture to accompany their reviews as that’s how strongly they feel about it, and some go even further and record a Video Testimonial so we post it on our YouTube page (if you’re interested click here to view some of them). This further reinforces none of them are made up – can you imagine having the time and inclination of making up over 800 reviews?!

It’s always great to get good reviews, because when shipping aquarium plants, that’s your ultimate goal – we want customers to be happy and most of all recommend us to other people, as word of mouth is by far the most powerful advertising medium. So below is a selection of our latest reviews and I hope you like them and if you are thinking of buying aquatic plants or other planted aquarium products, then it should take away any concerns you might have.

As ever, excellent service from a friendly and efficient company. A pleasure dealing with.
Testimonial By: Mark Lawrance — Accrington

easy to use

Thursday 09 April, 2015

This is the first time I have used Aqua Essentials, I found the web site informative and easy to use, the delivery of my order of pliants arrived as promised the following day in good condition. Thanks.
Testimonial By: Allan Lockwood — Huddersfield

First class

Monday 06 April, 2015

The plants are always excellent and arrive in good time
Testimonial By: david foster — Rotherham

Excellent quality & Great service

Wednesday 01 April, 2015

I have used aqua essentials a few times know and am always pleased with the great service of staff that will answer any questions I have. The quality of the plants is always excellent and they grow quickly.I cant recommend them enough.
Thanks for the great service as always.
Testimonial By: Omar Akay — Oxford

Friendly, fun AND knowledgeable!

Tuesday 31 March, 2015

A/E have become my first port of call for anything aquatic these days, they’ve earned my loyalty again and again with their amazingly helpful staff, great delivery times and low prices.

I’ve even done a YouTube video hyping them up, i like them so much!!

Testimonial By: Myke Eales — Southsea — Glitch Sfx

Super fast delivery..

Monday 30 March, 2015

This is the first time I have order from this company and the plants are doing really well in my tank and delivery was super fast.
We be using again..
Thank you for a great service
Testimonial By: Jan — London

Well done

Monday 30 March, 2015

I have ordered a number of items from Aquaessentials. Each product came on time, was well packed. The plants I have in my aquarium from this company are doing very well and more orders from me will follow.
Testimonial By: Stuart Archer — Worksop

A** Products

Monday 30 March, 2015

I am always looking for quality products for my aquaria and I definatly found that in Aqua essentials.

Ordered neutro co2 and neutro T and three days later it’s here! Has had a brilliant effect on my plants and is starting to combat black hair algea.

Will continue to use this brilliant company!

Thanks team.

Testimonial By: Brian Biddle — Coventry

Incredible service

Saturday 28 March, 2015

Incredible service

I have used aqua essentials a few times now and I am always happily surprised by the postman the next day with my plants! Excellent quality plants they are too and very reasonably priced. I was also happy to find some of the harder to get hold of bulb plants for a great price. I highly recommend aqua essentials and have already recommended to my friends and family.

Testimonial By: Gill Breach — Portamouth

Useful place to find hard to locate treatment

Wednesday 25 March, 2015

I hunted everywhere in the usual UK dealers to find Aerocol Columbo to help get an outbreak of Blue Green Algae under control. It cost me around £16 including delivery at Aqua Essentials and arrived promptly.

I’d happily use them again if I need any other plants or fish keeping paraphernalia.

Testimonial By: Ed Bruford — Bristol


Monday 23 March, 2015

Every order I have placed has been delivered the next day without fail,the plants have been very well packaged,which meant they were in fantastic condition,i have no hesitation in ordering my plants from them,also I have asked many questions regarding lighting,plants,co2 etc & every time I have had a very good and detailed answer,great service
Testimonial By: John Parker — Southend

Great Quality

Sunday 22 March, 2015

I was so impressed with the speed of delivery, cost, and more importantly, the quality and quantity of plants supplied I have ordered more and decided to set up another aquarium just for plants.
Testimonial By: Gordon Jenkins — Stewarton

aqua essentials

Saturday 21 March, 2015

I am very pleased with the service from Aqua essentials–all plants received have been in the best condition I have ever seen–including from a ( well-known ) local Aquarist store. The items have been despatched and received in rapid time–cannot fault them
Testimonial By: G Cockings — Olney

Perfect Plants everytime

Friday 20 March, 2015

Perfect Plants everytime

simply put Wow!! excellent service speedy delivery and top quality plants. I wont go anywhere else!!

Testimonial By: Christopher Green — Liverpool

Excellent Service

Friday 20 March, 2015

First and foremost to let people know, I use to be a keen Aquarium keeper up until 18 months ago. Especially planted aquariums, which I what I wanted to get back into.What I ordered was: Nymphaea stellata Bul, Aponogeton boivinianus Bulb, Anubias on Wood – Floating, as well as other items. After I ordered my items which I did before the deadline for next day delivery, I received an email stating they would arrive in the next four working days, which confused me as I did it before the clock at the top of the screen ran down. However before I could get annoyed they actually did arrive the next day, which I was more than happy with. Packaging was excellent, all plants firmly packed and sealed to keep moisture in, although they were not labelled, which when you haven’t had bulbs before can be confusing. The Anubias hasn’t worked with one suction cup provided to fit it to look like it is floating so is currently on the substrate, the Aponogeton boivinianus Bulb however has grown like it is missing out on something!! And the Nymphaea stellata Bulb hasn’t surfaced yet, which is unfortunate but will not stop me using this company again. In all the years I have kept Aquariums this is the best delivery of live plants I have found to date.
Testimonial By: Gavin Oglesby — Cleethorpes — Na

Excellent service

Monday 16 March, 2015

Having used Aqua essentials twice I have found them to be very helpful and very speedy in their service. I will be using them again.
Testimonial By: Christopher Cooper — Market Rasen

Fantastic service

Monday 16 March, 2015

I am very pleased with Aqua essentials. Top quality plants at great prices and the service is fantastic. I would definitely recommend them to aquarium enthusiasts or even beginners as they offer sound advice on starter plants and other accessories to start a planted aquarium.
Testimonial By: Felicia Heard — Exeter

Nobody Better

Sunday 15 March, 2015

Since starting with my first aquarium (we now have 7) i’ve searched for a reliable place to purchase plants and other items.

AquaEssentials ticks all the boxes, reliable, rapid delivery, top quality items. Website is well laid out and easy to find the items you need.

Testimonial By: Susan Moores — Manchester

Best plant provider!

Tuesday 10 March, 2015

Since placing my first order with aquaessentials I have bought all my plants from them. Excellent plants, at good prices, backed by excellent advice and service.
Testimonial By: John Oliver — Wirral — Retired

Excellent service.

Tuesday 10 March, 2015

I would like to say that the customer service is excellent as I am new to buying from them so had a lot of questions to ask via email which were answered promptly . I ordered some good which arrived on time. As I already had some of my old products left I haven’t used the new ones yet.
Testimonial By: Wendy Sandy — Taunton

An Excellent Retailer

Monday 09 March, 2015

Being new to the aquarium keeping hobby, I have found this site invaluable.

The next day delivery is superb, and all the plants and products have arrived in pristine condition.

Testimonial By: Jacob Jenson — Bristol

As it should be.

Saturday 07 March, 2015

As an experienced online shopper I am used to the ups and downs of purchasing stuff remotely. Aqua Essentials does exactly what the customer reviews suggest. You order things and good quality items arrive very quickly with precise email communications. Exactly as it should be which is rare these days.
Testimonial By: Richard Harding — Bradfield St George


Saturday 07 March, 2015

I would just like to say a word about customer service, the best I’ve come across, a special thanks to the office & warehouse manager who was very helpful, the products are excellent the service is brilliant.
Many thanks.
Testimonial By: Les Langton — Shrewsbury

Best Service Ever

Thursday 05 March, 2015

Best Service Ever

I have used various sites to order plants in the past and I can truly say now I have found Aquaessentials I will go nowhere else!!!
There service and products are the best by far. The only online service that makes it feel like a personal experience. Many thanks to everyone who works here “loyal customer in the making” 🙂

Testimonial By: Eric Kane — Stewarton

Live plants

Wednesday 04 March, 2015

I have bought several plants and as always they have been delivered in top condition, also very fast delivery. Handled by by very efficient staff who were very friendly . Would recommend no problem
Testimonial By: Colin Mcavoy — Sittingbourne

Great Plants

Tuesday 03 March, 2015

The plants arrived on next day delivery, tthey were well packaged and each plant had a plastic identity tab. The quality of the plants were excellent, they are now fully established in my aquarium and are showing good growth, I will continue to use aqua essentials as I find all their products to be of a very high standard.
Testimonial By: Boyd Halley — Glasgow


Tuesday 03 March, 2015


I have been buying from Aquaessentails for over two years now and never been disappointed with the quality, price and speed of delivery. The plants are always healthy and free from pests and amazing quality and size.

Testimonial By: Helen Ritchie — Ayr

Great 🙂

Monday 02 March, 2015

Great :-)

I have only bought a few items from these guys (So far)
Each time I buy something I have confidence that my order will be dealt with efficiently, items always arrive quickly and well packaged 🙂
On the odd occasion I have emailed them, the reply was prompt, knowledgable and polite, overall a great shopping experience each and every time 🙂

Testimonial By: William Parker — Kendal


Tuesday 24 February, 2015

Plants arrived well packaged and in superb condition, incredible healthy compared to what you see in a pet shop. Very impressed. Thank you.
Testimonial By: Rob Peltell — Skegness

fast service

Tuesday 24 February, 2015

I ordered my plants and they arrived v quickly in good condition, each with a little plastic card containing basic info about their care. I am v impressed as have seen some awful plants in aquarium shops. I ordered some more yesterday 🙂
Testimonial By: Stephanie Heywood — Paignton

Great Overseas Delivery

Sunday 22 February, 2015

Being stuck in the ” Backwoods of Norway ” it’s difficult getting hold of quality products for my planted tank. Aquaessentials have now changed that, great choice of products on their webpage and a shipping calculator, products arrived very quickly and at a good rate, very happy :-).
Testimonial By: Michael Smith — Sandnes

Trusted Source

Wednesday 18 February, 2015

I’ve been an Aqua Essentials customer for many years and have never been disappointed. The quality of their plants is first class so AE is always my first choice.
Testimonial By: Chris Jackson — Falmouth

better than the shop

Monday 16 February, 2015

I have purchased plants for both my tanks. Arrived in perfect condition and no snails. The fish seem to have found new places they like to be and my plec greg likes to stay in them
Testimonial By: Brian Williams — Wirral


Saturday 14 February, 2015

Since my first order on Aqua Essentials I have never sourced my plants from anywhere else. Delivery is prompt and the condition of the plants have been nothing short of impeccable. Excellent variety means you can easily find what you’re looking, and the staff are enormously helpful with questions and have even suggested alternatives when a plant I ordered wasn’t in great condition. This should give you an idea of the high standards that Aqua Essentials maintain. 5 Stars!
Testimonial By: Sebastian Lovick — SWANSEA

Five star service

Tuesday 10 February, 2015

Five star service

Im new to planted aquariums and looked at a few options to source plants for my first tank. Im so happy I chose AquaEssentials, the service has been excellent. Delivery was very fast, the plants arrived in fantastic condition and the amount of plants provided was more than generous. Additionally the staff were quick to answer questions on products I posted on the website. All in all a 5* service.

Testimonial By: Lee Cosgrove — Widnes

Excellent service and products

Monday 09 February, 2015

Excellent service and products

Aquaessentials provide a superb range of aquarium plants and associated products alongside a highly-efficient service that is second to none. Plants are well packaged and labelled, of excellent quality and grow on rapidly. This is my one stop shop for aquarium plants.

Testimonial By: Christopher Shaw — Comber

Quality products

Monday 09 February, 2015

The plants arrived very quickly and in excellent condition. Will definitely use you again.
Testimonial By: John Valentine — Burghfield — Treasures

Excellent service

Saturday 07 February, 2015

Thank you so much for my Digital Aquarium Thermometer with Alarm, Really great service with fast delivery.
Testimonial By: Justin Watson — Congleton

perfect plants

Wednesday 04 February, 2015

thank you for a very fast delivery of my 1st order ,all plants were received in excellent condition. can not find anything negative to say. highly recommended.
Testimonial By: David Kewley — York — Fix It

first class

Wednesday 04 February, 2015

i ordered two micranthemum umbroson after phone call from aquaessentials that they were out of stock i asked for something similar they sent hydrocotyle m tripartita excellent plants in perfect condition i a so pleased with the plants suggested thanks
Testimonial By: Alasdair Williams — Renfrew

bravo aqua essentials

Saturday 31 January, 2015

thank you aqua essentials for restoring my faith in ordering plants online, was’nt sure what would turn up but i was really happy with my order will be using you again 5***
Testimonial By: Jonathan Robertson — Penrith

the best of the best

Friday 30 January, 2015

my experience with aquaessentials is an with any doubt an outstanding service.
i got a risk by buying from abroad but always the plants arrive in perfect conditions wisely wrapped incredible!
i want to thanks to aquaessentials for give me the oportunity of expending the beatiful diversity of my aquarium with plants not found in my contry. i want to stress i am a biologist and check the plants for any crustaceous, snails but always the plants are absolutely clean without any ecologic risk. Again, thanks a lot for you high profesionalism
Testimonial By: Abraham Borer — Eschol Moatza

outstanding service

Friday 30 January, 2015

Thank you, Aqua Essentials, once again for yet another display of outstanding service, impressive product information, and of course, goods of exceptional quality. The redwood you supplied looks amazing with your anubias bonsai attached to it. The plants, as always, arrived in superb condition and continue to thrive.

Go AE – love what you do!

Testimonial By: Emily Morris — Edinburgh


Wednesday 28 January, 2015

From excellent friendly customer service,high quality plants and aquascaping products,which come well packaged, to value for money,aquaessentials are a company to trust.Happy to shop with them.
Testimonial By: Alan Firth — Liversedge

Back into the hobby

Wednesday 28 January, 2015

I have only just got back into the hobby after some 30 years, a hell of alot has changed in this time. I wanted a tank that was fully planted and found that C0 2 was the way forward. Most of the aquatic shops that I tried didn’t seem to have what I wanted and didn’t give me much confidence. I came across Aquaessentials and thought that I would give them a try.
I am so glad that I did! The quality and choice is brilliant, also I found the blog very informative. I have found the staff very helpful and have always kept me informed regarding deliverys. Deliverys have always been prompt and well boxed. I would thoroughly recommend them. A very reliable company.
Testimonial By: John Cook — Bridgwater

Simply awesome!

Wednesday 28 January, 2015

i’ve bought many plants online and always had the same problem, poor packaging and poor delivery, THIS IS NOT THE CASE HERE!

Aqua Essentials very clearly take care in what they do. I ordered £££’s worth of gear including plants and co2 equipment, all of which arrived next day and in perfect condition. These guys are undoubtably the only retailer I will use in the future and if you want to be happy with your plants, they’ll be the only one you’ll use to x

Testimonial By: Jonathan Wills — Blackpool — Four Seaosons Fisheries

excellent condition

Tuesday 27 January, 2015

my shrimp came today in excellent condition, well packed ,great quality and fast delivery. thanks will be using you again
Testimonial By: Geraldine Omara — Birmingham


Tuesday 27 January, 2015

Plants arrived they were better than expected well packed delivery super fast.a very happy customer I will be ordering again as I know the quality is top notch even the labels have the height that they can obtain and information about requirements.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you
Testimonial By: Lucy Taylor — Bewdley

happy fish

Sunday 25 January, 2015

delighted to have founf this site and the service is second to none, will continue using as long as I have my fish. prices very reasonable.
Testimonial By: Margaret Wardlaw — Pittenweem

First time

Saturday 24 January, 2015

First time and will not be last,next day service, and by Royal Mail,recycled packaging no problem, we gave the paper packing to are 6 Gerbils they loved it very good bedding.
Items I ordered just what I needed for my just starting shrimp tank.
Testimonial By: James Nelson — Raynes Park

Marimo lava rock – easy maintenance

Marimo lava rock

We’re all looking for simplicity in our tanks, and most of all from our aquarium plants. We don’t want too much hassle and often want immediate impact. So this is where Marimo lava rock comes in.


Small – or some may call petite, this easy to grow and easy to keep aquatic moss can be placed pretty much anywhere in your planted aquarium. Due to its size, it’s more suited to the foreground of your planted aquarium unless you have a nano tank then you can pretty much place it anywhere.


Marimo moss itself has been around for hundreds of years so it has literally survived the test of time, and in your tank it will look great. In nature, the word Marimo derives from the japanese word meaning ‘ball seaweed’ but you may have also heard of them being called Cladophora. Found in Japan and Australia, they have even been found in Scotland! In lakes they are constantly pushed around and this is where they get their shape from.

The pieces of lava rock are approximately 7-11cm in diameter and each will vary from the next as they are all natural. Scatter a few around in your tank for more impact and nestle them down into the substrate to make it look natural – this will keep them where you want them to be. Marimo lava rock have proven so popular with a range of different hobbyists for a number of reasons. They’re great for people who are new because they pose no real difficulty and are almost impossible to kill, and similarly they’re great for experienced hobbyists because it adds something new and unique to any aquarium, and the vivid green from the Marimo is always eye catching.

You can find these wonderful pieces by clicking here.

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The Largest Planted Aquarium In The World

Takashi Amano has done it again and boy can this man think big when it comes to planted aquariums. It’s TRULY HUGE! I mean, when most hobbyists think about planted tanks, they think, maybe a few hundred litres and if they’re thinking big, 1000L right? Well that’s a drop in the ocean compared to this beauty.

There’s a lot you can learn from this type of aquatic tank, in terms of how he plans the layout and then implements the plan. It really is impressive.

Enjoy the video

New aquarium plants

New aquarium plants

Once in a while the growers in Holland introduce new plants to their line. This is always a big deal because it takes major advanced planning to do this sort of thing (you’d be amazed at the production line). If you hazzard a guess at home many species they sell per week and then scale that up so plants are available week on week. It takes major planning and this is why when new aquarium plants show up, it’s a gradual thing to get excited about!

So we have 2 new aquatic plants in stock and one really caught my eye simply because of the colour. Introducing the beautiful Alternanthera Cardinalis variegata. Very attractive as you can see and without doubt the brightest pink plant we have. Everyone’s always looking for a centre piece or just a plant that catches your eye, and now you have it. Like other Alternanthera, they aren’t tricky to grow at all, but if you don’t give them enough light and nutrients, you will see a drop off of colour. They’re fine in aquariums without pressurised CO2 but if possible offer a liquid carbon such as this one.

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The second aquarium plant is Staurogyne bihar, which looks pretty similar to Rubescens, but actually grows quite a bit bigger. Originating from India, when it grows under water it looks a bit like Hydrophilia pinnafida. Again, an easy plant to grow so it won’t cause you any problems and ideal for those of you who are new to the hobby. Plant it in the foreground and then trim it heavily once it has becomes established (i.e. throwing out roots). If you trim too early, you can traumatise a plant which will either slow the growth or kill it.

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You can find both of these new aquarium plants on our website and to see our entire range of potted plants click here.