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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Below floating plants

I just got some frogbit last week because I absolutely LOVE the way the long roots hang down. I think it looks so cool. It is taking off really well and I have it contained (for now) to about 1/3'ish of my tank. I have it sitting over a fake stump that I am starting mini Pellia on. I also have some Downoi in this area and two other plants I am not sure of that I was given.

The Pellia is a priority for me, it was expensive and I want it to thrive hoping it will take over the stump in time. I am watching carefully to see if reacts badly to less light due to the floaters. The Downoi and others I can move and am less concerned about. -Lots of conflicting requirements and experiences can be found on growing mini Pellia, so I just watch and adjust.

Does anyone else love long rooted floaters and are you growing other plants under them that still do well? I know I will have thin them and such. I may have to come up with better way to contain them to the 1/3 but so far the dowel across the top is holding them in just fine:
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 02:56 PM
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I recently gave away (traded) a 20"x16" floating mat of dwarf water lettuce. That was blocking light down to my Ludwigia sp red and they're color was still beautiful and they still grew rapidly and tall. Looking at your picture I'd say you're not blocking too much light but consider moving your floating mat & corale them elsewhere if growth issues are observed...or thin them out.
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That is what I was thinking for now...keep the coverage thin so a decent amount of light can still get through. I like the look of the roots hanging down over the stump. That area of the tank has a different look than the rest which is more heavily planted. I couldn't decide if I like more of a drift wood with plants look or denser plant I'm sort of going with both in one tank
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I grow a lot of plants in my tanks with floaters. I just keep the floaters down to about half the tank surface. I found that if I let it get too thick then it starts to affect the other plants. I also move the floaters around so the bottom plants get light.
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