Pond Plants

Oxygen Plants

Simon van der Velde

Oxygenating plants are a must for any pond! Sufficiently oxygenating underwater plants in the pond will keep you from needing a pump and filter. Oxygen plants filter the water and block the sun. This causes the water to heat up less which results in less algae. Oxygen plants also provide shelter for fish from impending danger. All of our oxygen plants are hardy and are supplied from our own aquatic plant nursery with a 100% growth and flowering guarantee. For oxygen plants, I recommend a minimum of 10 to 12 individual plants per m³ (1000 liters of water) and 2 baskets of 4 plants per m². The amount needed depends on how quickly you want the pond to balance and your visual requirements.

Simon van der VeldePond specialist and aquatic plant breeder

Baskets of oxygen plants

Oxygen plants in baskets are suitable for shallow areas of the pond, often placed among marsh and riparian plants.

  • Why. They provide a natural look by creating height differences between plants. They also help prevent algae in shallow wetlands.
  • How much? The recommendation is to have at least 2 baskets of oxygen plants per 1 m².

Needlewort - 4 pieces - Crassula Recurva

- Oxygen plant
- Full-grown height: 10 cm
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 19,95

In stock

Featherweed - 4 pieces - Myriophyllum Brasiliensis

- Oxygen plant
- Full-grown height: 10 cm
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 19,95

In stock

Mini Pond Oxygen Plants Set

- Oxygen plant
- 4 plants
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 25,95

In stock

Spring pond trio - 12 pieces - Caltha, Mentha, Crassula

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -10 cm

 49,95

In stock

Combi Oxygen Plants Set

- For 1,500 - 3,000 L
- 28 plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 99,95

In stock

Baskets Oxygen Plants Set

- For 500 - 1,000 liters of water
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 49,95

In stock

Complete Pond Package - Small - Red

- For 100 - 500 L
- 19 plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 139,95

In stock

Lid Stem - 4 pieces - Hippuris Vulgaris

- Oxygen plant
- Full-grown height: 30 cm
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 19,95

In stock

Needlegrass - 4 pieces - Eleocharis Acicularis

- Oxygen plant
- Full-grown height: 20 cm
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 19,95

In stock

Combi Floating Plant Island - Pond Plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: loose in the water

 79,95

In stock

Complete Pond Package - Small - White

- For 100 - 500 L
- 19 plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 139,95

In stock

Complete Pond Package - Medium

- For 500 - 1.500 L
- 36 plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 279,95

In stock

Floating Plant Island - Needlewort

- Floating oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 10 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 29,95

In stock

Mini Pond Oxygen Plants Set + Hornleaf

- Oxygen plant
- 10 plants
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 39,95

In stock

Pond Plant Set - Bee and Butterfly Attracting Aquatic Plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 49,95

In stock

Aquatic Plant Package - Medium

- For 500 - 1,500 L
- 36 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 179,95

In stock

Aquatic Plant Package - Small - Red

- For 100 - 500 L
- 19 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 99,95

In stock

Plant Filter Package - Medium

- For 3 - 4 m²
- 64 plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 179,95

In stock

Plant Filter Package - Small

- For 1 - 2 m²
- 32 plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 99,95

In stock

Anti Algae Plant Filter Set - Small

- For 2 - 5 m²
- 24 plants
- Placement -1 to -80 cm

 99,95

In stock

Floating Plant Island - Earsweed

- Floating oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 10 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 29,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - Mini Pond

- For 100 - 500 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 89,95

In stock

Complete Pond Package - Large

- For 2.000 - 3.000 L
- 93 plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 649,95

In stock

Aquatic Plant Package - Small - White

- For 100 - 500 L
- 19 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 99,95

In stock

Anti Algae Plant Filter Package - Large

- For 10 - 20 m²
- 96 plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 479,95

In stock

Swamp filter package - Large

- For 8 - 12 m²
- 168 plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 529,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - Small

- For 500 - 1.500 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 199,95

In stock

Aquatic Plant Package - Large

- For 2,000 - 3,000 L
- 93 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 429,95

In stock

Oxygen Plants Package - For Large Ponds

- For 5,000 - 10,00 L
- 96 plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 669,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - XL

- For 10,000 - 15,000 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 1.699,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - Large

- For 3,000 - 5,000 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 799,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - Medium

- For 1.500 - 2.500 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 449,95

In stock

Loose oxygen plants

Loose underwater plants are unbound plants that are placed directly in the deeper part of the pond without a pond basket.

  • Why. They filter the water, protect fish from potential hazards and prevent the water from getting too warm from sunlight.
  • How many. It is recommended to have a minimum of 10 to 12 loose oxygen plants per 1,000 gallons of water.

Crab crab - 6 pieces - Stratiotes Aloides

- Floating oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 20 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 25,95

In stock

Waterweed - 10 pieces - Elodea Densa

- Oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 60 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 39,95

In stock

Waterweed - 5 pieces - Elodea Densa

- Oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 60 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 25,95

In stock

Hornleaf - 2 liters - Ceratophyllum Demersum

- Oxygen plant for 100 - 1,000 liters
- Full grown height: 80 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 25,95

In stock

Hornleaf - 5 liters - Ceratophyllum Demersum

- Oxygen plant for 500 - 2,000 liters
- Full grown height: 80 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 39,95

In stock

Marimo Moss Balls - 5 pieces - Cladophora Aegagropila

- Oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 10 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 19,95

In stock

Crab crab - 12 pieces - Stratiotes Aloides

- Floating oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 20 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 39,95

In stock

Marimo Moss bulbs - 10 pieces - Chladoflora Aegagropila

- Oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 10 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 34,95

In stock

10 Pond Mussels, 20 pond snails & 10 moss balls

- For 500 - 1.000 L
- Soil and wall cleaner
- Does not attack pond plants

 99,95

In stock

Combi Oxygen Plants Set

- For 1,500 - 3,000 L
- 28 plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

 99,95

In stock

Loose Oxygen Plants Set

- For 500 - 1,000 liters of water
- 16 plants
- Placement: loose in the water

 49,95

In stock

Pond clear package - Small

- For 1.000 - 2.500 L
- 22 plants + bacteria
- Placement: loose in the water

 99,95

In stock

Mini pond set - Red + Oxygen plants

- For 50 - 250 L
- 15 plants
- Placement: -10 to -20 cm

 69,95

In stock

Complete Pond Package - Small - Red

- For 100 - 500 L
- 19 plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 139,95

In stock

Combi Floating Plant Island - Pond Plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: loose in the water

 79,95

In stock

10 Pond mussels & 10 Moss balls

- For 500 - 1000 L
- Bottom and wall cleaner
- Does not attack pond plants

 49,95

In stock

Complete Pond Package - Small - White

- For 100 - 500 L
- 19 plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 139,95

In stock

Complete Pond Package - Medium

- For 500 - 1.500 L
- 36 plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 279,95

In stock

Floating Plant Island - Needlewort

- Floating oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 10 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 29,95

In stock

Aquatic Plant Package - Medium

- For 500 - 1,500 L
- 36 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 179,95

In stock

10 Water snails & 10 Moss balls

- For 50 - 500 liters
- Bottom and wall cleaner
- Does not attack pond plants

 44,95

In stock

Aquatic Plant Package - Small - Red

- For 100 - 500 L
- 19 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 99,95

In stock

Mini pond set - White + Oxygen plants

- For 50 - 250 L
- 15 plants
- Placement: -10 to -20 cm

 69,95

In stock

Thread algae control - Pond Block + 5 moss balls

- Usage: 1 block per 1,000 L
- In 10 days thread algae free
- Incl. oxygen plants

 21,95

In stock

Pond clear package - Medium

- For 5.000 - 10.000 L
- 68 plants + bacteria
- Placement: loose in the water

 219,95

In stock

6 Crab crab and 5 Moss balls

- Oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 20 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 34,95

In stock

Floating Plant Island - Earsweed

- Floating oxygen plant
- Full grown height: 10 cm
- Placement: loose in the water

 29,95

In stock

Mini Water Lily - Red + Oxygen Plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -10 to -100 cm

 59,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - Mini Pond

- For 100 - 500 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 89,95

In stock

Complete Pond Package - Large

- For 2.000 - 3.000 L
- 93 plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 649,95

In stock

Aquatic Plant Package - Small - White

- For 100 - 500 L
- 19 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 99,95

In stock

Mini Water Lily - White + Oxygen Plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -10 to -100 cm

 59,95

In stock

Pond clear package - Large

- For 10,000 - 20,000 L
- 124 plants + bacteria
- Placement: loose in the water

 429,95

In stock

Pikeweed - 4 pieces + 5 moss balls

- Combi set
- 9 plants
- Placement: 0 to -20 cm

 39,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - Small

- For 500 - 1.500 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 199,95

In stock

Fish Pond Oxygen Plants Package - Small

- For 500 - 1,000 L
- 11 plants + 1L fish food
- Placement: loose in the water

 39,95

In stock

Red water lily + Oxygen plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -40 cm

 59,95

In stock

White water lily + Oxygen plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -40 cm

 59,95

In stock

Fish Pond Oxygen Plants Package - Medium

- For 1.500 - 3.000 L
- 36 plants + 5L fish food
- Placement: loose in the water

 139,95

In stock

Aquatic Plant Package - Large

- For 2,000 - 3,000 L
- 93 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm

 429,95

In stock

Black Princess + Oxygen Plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -40 cm

 69,95

In stock

Yellow water lily + Oxygen plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -40 cm

 59,95

In stock

Pink water lily + Oxygen plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -40 cm

 59,95

In stock

Aquatic Plants Pond Package - XL

- For 10,000 - 12,500 L
- 260 plants
- Placement: -1 to -100 cm
Caution! The delivery of this package is approximately 3 weeks

 1.499,95

In stock

Yellow dwarf water lily + Oxygen plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -40 cm

 59,95

In stock

Dwarf Water Lily Aurora + Oxygen Plants

- Combi set
- 12 plants
- Placement: -1 to -40 cm

 59,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - XL

- For 10,000 - 15,000 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 1.699,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - Large

- For 3,000 - 5,000 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 799,95

In stock

Anti Algae Pond Package - Medium

- For 1.500 - 2.500 L
- Oxygen plants + extras
- Placement: -1 to -20 cm

 449,95

In stock

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Frequently asked questions about oxygen plants

Pond Advice

Oxygen plants are plants that grow completely underwater and produce oxygen that they release directly into the pond water. They are essential for a clear and healthy pond because they filter the water, stop algae by absorbing CO2, and provide a natural balance in the pond without the need for a pump or filter.

The best oxygen plants according to our expert Simon are moss ball, waterweed and hornwort. These plants are not only enormously oxygenating, but also have the advantage that they can be placed directly loose in the pond without having to be planted first.

The number of oxygen plants you need depends on the size of your pond. Simon recommends a minimum of 5 to 6 individual oxygen plants and 1 pond basket (containing 4 plants) per 1 m². If you want to achieve faster biological balance in your pond or simply want more plants for aesthetics, you can double this number.

In our nursery, we have chosen an assortment of native oxygen plants that are all hardy. They will do well in any water feature, regardless of the season.

While all plants produce oxygen, oxygen plants have unique characteristics that set them apart. They grow entirely underwater, meaning that all the oxygen they produce is released directly to the water, and they absorb CO2 from the water. This is unlike Sumpfpflanzen or water lilies, which come in contact with the atmosphere. Because of this unique effect, oxygen plants have a purifying effect on pond water and help fight algae.

Our range of oxygen plants

Oxygen plants vjiver

Oxygen plants get their name from their function, because as you might guess, these underwater plants give off oxygen to the water. Oxygen releasing plants are indispensable if you want to keep your pond clean and free of algae. The oxygen plants also have the function of filtering and purifying water and thus remove harmful substances from the water. Through these important functions they contribute to keeping the water in the pond clear. By placing oxygen-rich plants in the pond, you ensure that the sun has less chance to warm up the water. This reduces the rate at which algae can grow. Algae grows fastest in polluted and warm water. Want to learn more about how best to build a pond? Then check out our page: All about building a pond.

Oxygen plants for the pond

Oxygenating pond plants are a must for any pond. Oxygen releasing pond plants are tremendously important for a biologically balanced pond. Having enough of these aquatic plants ensures clear pond water. When oxygen plants are placed in the pond, much more happens. Marine life, including fish, use the plants as hiding and breeding places. Curious about choosing the best oxygen plant for the pond? Then choose the plant Crabgrass (Stratiotes Aliodes), which provides shelter for aquatic life and makes the water nutrient-poor in order to control filamentous algae. Other popular pond oxygen plants that release oxygen underwater are crabgrass and hornwort.

Oxygen plants for an aquarium

Waterweed (Elodea canadensis) is a coarse-leaved waterweed plant that does not proliferate. It is a fast-growing oxygen plant for the pond or aquarium. A fun fact and great advantage of waterweed is that you only have to buy it once. This is because waterweed pond plants are hardy. Waterweed can be pruned very easily by cutting the plant off at the bottom, but pruning is not necessary. As oxygen plants in an aquarium or oxygen plants in the fish bowl, a wildly popular plant is the Marimo moss ball (Chladoflora aegagropila) This particular oxygen plant can live as long as 100 years.

Underwater plants pond

Looking for ways to brighten up your pond and improve water quality? Underwater plants are the perfect addition to your pond! These plants not only have aesthetic value, but also play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy pond ecosystem. Underwater plants add color and texture to the pond and create a natural-looking environment for fish. But that's not all. These plants also help improve water quality by reducing the amount of algae and other undesirable substances in the water. They produce oxygen, which is essential for the survival of fish and other aquatic animals, and provide shelter and food for fish.

Which pond underwater plants to choose?

Choosing the right underwater plants for the pond can be a challenge, but there are many options available. There are plants that are suitable for both shallow and deep water, and there are plants that can tolerate different types of water conditions. Some popular underwater plants include the water lily, hornwort, spurge and waterweed. With the right underwater plants, you can create a beautiful and healthy pond that you can enjoy for many years to come!

Where do I buy oxygen plants and what do they cost?

Buying oxygen plants is a simple and convenient experience at vdvelde.com thanks to our online store. You can easily select and order the desired aquatic plants. You can buy underwater plants from as little as 14,95,-. For this price you get hardy aquatic plants from our own nursery for which 100% growth and flowering guarantee is guaranteed.

This is how oxygen plants work

In fact, all plants produce oxygen. But when we talk about oxygen plants, some characteristics come into play that other plants do not have. For example, they always grow completely underwater, unlike, say Sumpfpflanzen or water lilies that also interact with the atmosphere. The fact that the complete growth takes place under water means that oxygen plants release all the oxygen they produce under water as well as absorbing CO2 from the water. Thanks to this effect, oxygen plants have a purifying effect on the pond water and immediately manage to keep algae at bay. Enough reasons to place oxygen plants in the pond.

Why oxygen plants in the pond?

There are five good reasons why it is best to place an ample amount of oxygen plants in your pond:

  1. Oxygen plants filter and purify water and release oxygen. Sufficient oxygen in the water is important for the growth of other aquatic plants, aquatic animals and bacteria.
  2. At the same time, they absorb CO2 from the water, which keeps the water from suffocating. If you have too few oxygen plants in the pond, algae may appear. They compete with the oxygen plants because they too need CO2. So place enough of them to avoid giving algae a chance.
  3. Oxygen plants prevent the sun from getting free rein in the pond water. This causes the water to heat up less (quickly), which reduces the formation of algae.
  4. With enough oxygen plants in the pond, a pump and filter is completely unnecessary; the plants form a natural filter that manages to keep the water clean and clear.
  5. Oxygen plants in the pond provide shelter for fish and frogs when a hungry heron passes by, for example.

What are the best oxygen plants?

Many different oxygen plants are available on the market. In our nursery, we have chosen an assortment of native oxygen plants that are all hardy. They will always do well in any water feature. According to Simon, the best oxygen plants are: moss ball, waterweed and hornwort. These are all tremendously oxygen-rich plants. A big advantage of these three plants is that you can place them directly in the pond separately without having to plant them first. Good to know: Simon made a conscious decision to stop growing shiny pondweed. This is because this oxygen plant does not seem to be a success in every pond. We often get questions about it, which already indicates that the plant often has to be repurchased because it no longer grows or is dead.

How many oxygen plants in the pond?

Of course, how many oxygen plants you place depends on the size of the pond. They are needed in practically all ponds, except perhaps a koi pond because the koi carp will eat them. Simon recommends: place at least 5 to 6 individual oxygen plants and 1 pond basket (containing 4 plants) per 1 m² in the pond. If you want the pond to reach biological balance faster or because you like it, you can double this number. So 10 to 12 plants and 2 pond baskets per 1 m2.

Oxygen plants for a swimming pond

A swimming pond usually consists of two sections. A shallow marsh filter section and a deeper swimming section. Oxygen plants that can always be used in any pond, but certainly also in a swimming pond, are loose oxygen plants. Simon has put together a special package for this, with species that you can release directly into the pond; they will find their own spot where they will attach. Read more about a swimming pond in the garden.
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I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.