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Old 09-05-2013, 08:59 PM   #1
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Floating Plat Recommendation


Hi, I was hoping some could offer suggestions for floating plant for my aquarium. I would like to eventually add some Hatchetfish to my tank, and from what I read they like to have some floating plants around to hide under.

Most of the descriptions I read for floating plants here include words like invasive or "hard to get rid of". So, I'm relunctent to just try something. My tank is 20"w x 18"d x 20"h.

Any thoughts will be welcomed.

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Old 09-05-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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Salvina is the invasive one in the US
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:01 PM   #3
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I'm partial to frogbit, it grows fairly quickly, but is easy to think out if need be, and it provides some roots and such for cover.
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Water Sprite can be a nice floater, it's easy and if it's happy you'll have lots of babies. You can root it and get a pretty submersed plant too.

Frogbit is nice, never grown it but like it when I've seen it in ponds.
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I really love my water sprite. I have it rooted in two tanks, grows like crazy. Then I take some of the babies it produces and put them floating in my betta tank, and the betta loves it. It creates a lot of places for him to swim in and out through
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I like my dwarf water lettuce and red root floaters.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:22 PM   #7
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Just ordered some Red Root Floaters from Aquabid. Thanks for the suggestions.
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I use frogbit and I've still lost a bunch of hatchetfish. They're definitely jumpers so it would be best to use a glass cover as well (I do now).
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Hornwort and Anacharis can be a little messy but not difficult to remove from the tank when you're done with them. Hornwort can shed its needle-y leaves and anacharis stem seems to break very easily at least for me but I have a pleco that crashes through them. I take mine out twice a week and clean them in a bucket of tank water (lightly and repeatedly dunk and wiggle them in the bucket of water) to remove loose needles and any debris stuck to them; they don't need cleaned that often, its just how I do it.

I'd avoid duckweed, that seems to be the most annoying one to get rid of BUT I did hear somewhere (I think a Walsted tank set up vid on youtube) that some plants give off chemicals in the water that effect other plants/fish, and the person found a plant that killed off their duckweed, can't remember the species though.
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Greater duckweed, the bigger kind is really nice. I like it, frogbit, dwarf water lettuce, antler fern and salvinia.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:41 AM   #11
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I'd avoid duckweed, that seems to be the most annoying one to get rid of BUT I did hear somewhere (I think a Walsted tank set up vid on youtube) that some plants give off chemicals in the water that effect other plants/fish, and the person found a plant that killed off their duckweed, can't remember the species though.
I couldnt get duckweed to survive in my tank w/ giant hairgrass.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:29 PM   #12
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I couldnt get duckweed to survive in my tank w/ giant hairgrass.
That might have been it then ^^
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