Hygrophila polysperma is readily available in the aquarium trade thanks to its ease of growth and reproduction. It will accept most water parameters. When used in aquascaping it is often placed towards the back of the aquarium, as a large group of stems. Some people prefer not to introduce Hygrophila polysperma into their tanks as it can rapidly grow out of control, taking light and nutrients away from more other plants. The leaves turn a shade of pink or orange as they grow closer to the light source. Many people find that this plant produces too many new shoots and eventually becomes a nuisance. It is a good plant for quickly filling a planted aquarium, using its new shoots to propagate new plants in a matter of days.