Floating plants

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by Paul27, 2 Dec 2019.

  1. Paul27

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    I'm quite liking the idea of adding some floating plants to my tank but it's only 20cm tall. I've had dwarf water lettuce in a previous tank which grew quite long roots which I really liked but that was over double the height of my current tank and would be abit over kill in this one. Would of been interested in duckweed but would like something with abit more of a root structure. Any suggestions?.
     
  2. Mick.Dk

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    Phyllanthus or Salvinia are possible candidates.
     
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  3. BarryH

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    From earlier advice on here I bought Salvinia Auriculata and I'm really pleased with the results. I went with the 1-2 Grow pots from Tropica and they're growing well.
     
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  4. Onoma1

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    Salvinia - a rapid grower, however, large enough to let you remove it easily. Duckweed is a nightmare to remove. It's also useful for judging the nutrients in the tank ala the 'duck weed index'. I am also becoming increasingly convinced of their utility in keeping algae at bay (ala @Matt @ ScapeEasy).
     
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  5. DeepMetropolis

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    Hygroyza aristata, Azolla Caroliniana, Phyllanthus fluitans, Salvinia natans. There is a lot out there for floaters.. I just used phyllanthus in my newly setup betta tank that has a water level of +-20cm

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    I dont use floaters as they grow like mad and significantly decrease light to the other plants at the bottom.Just my preference though.Getting them in is easy but getting them out isnt.A heavily planted bottom also wards off algae too but may need some time to acquire. :)
     
  7. Paul27

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    Like the look of Phyllanthus fluitans, specifically as its red. Might be the one to go for.
     
  8. MJQMJQ

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    Not a bad idea.If I had a pond I would go with azolla to use as fertiliser for my plants.I only have phyllanthus mirabilis which is a land plant hmm.Leaves close at night hehe.
     

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  9. tiger15

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    How about dwarf water lily, not floating plant per se but lily pads are floating leaves with skinny stems. Lily pads are tidy, easy to prune, and thin enough to allow some light to pass through.
     

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    How big do the lily's actually get?
     
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    Wish I had room for those lily's.

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  13. tiger15

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    The submerged leaves of mine grow to 4”, so I assume the lily pads can get at least as big. I have no idea the max size it can get, as it depends on the environment which is not natural in artificial light. I only start letting mine to form floating leaves, and have to wait and see,
     
  14. Parablennius

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    Have you considered Ceratopteris. Not easy to buy in floating form, I just leave it floating and it changes to this form. DSCN1837.JPG
     
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    Hi all,
    We have a couple of <"Victoria amazonica threads">, it is a <"turned up to 11"> plant.
    Favourite of mine as well, Pets@Home sell Tropica <"Ceratopteris cornuta">.

    cheers Darrel
     
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