Recommendations for floating plants with short roots . . .

tiger15

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I recall the time my frogbit had longer roots when I set it up and did not fertilize. But because my carpet plants were in a decline after depleting soil nutrients, I began fertilizing. No wonder they don’t grow long roots anymore. Interestingly, observation of how floaters do can be used to gauge water column nutrient condition.
 

Wookii

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Everything has grown tremendously in low tech! Lovely.

Thanks mate. To be fair, I think the frogbit is the only thing that has really grown any - I did plant very heavily from the get go as I had a lot of plants to use up from when I broke this tank down a few weeks back, and also from a growing on tank I had going for another larger tank that hasn't happened.

What is interesting though is a lot of the plants from the growing on tank (which was ran high tech) weren't in the best of shape, particularly the anubias plants right at the front which are all on small lava rocks; pale leaves, some veining, and a fair amount of algae on the leaf edges etc. You can see it when you zoom in on the earlier of the two photos.

But after 2-3 weeks in this low tech tank the leaves have all greened back up, and the algae has almost completely disappeared with no intervention from me. I don't know whether that's the shrimp and nerites, or the lower light conditions, but this tank is rapidly making me a low tech convert.
 

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