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Old 10-28-2013, 05:36 AM   #1
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Floaters with high surface movement?


I am looking for floaters for my shrimp tank. I currently have frogbit but they don't sem to be doing too well. I've read that frogbit don't work well with tanks that have a lot of water movement. So my requirements are:

1) floaters that work well with shrimp and remove nitrates
2) grow well with a lot of surface movement

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:45 AM   #2
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Water lettuce imo is the hardier version of frogbit lol. Might as well get that.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:51 AM   #3
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water sprite would work
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:57 AM   #4
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Hornwort as well
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #5
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If we're considering hornwort, then guppy grass would work. I'm assuming the original poster wanted those pretty dangly roots, though.

It's funny... I'm trying frogbit now because my tank had too much surface movement for my red root floaters.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:42 AM   #6
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Duckweed... Indestructible and a total nutrient sink...
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:13 PM   #7
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Water lettuce imo is the hardier version of frogbit lol. Might as well get that.
+1 ^

If you can find a water lettuce small enough to fit your tank is usually the challenge. I had to order some online and specifically asked the seller to pick me the smallest ones she can find. I selected the smallest from what I ended up with to make sure it will survive and it started producing plantlets after 2 weeks.

I'm planning on removing the frogbit since the water lettuce is more effective in removing nitrates from the water. It took 1 week for 1 plant to start lowering my nitrates while the frogbit that covered half my tank would keep my nitrates steady at 20-30 ppm. The lettuce is also weedy but not as weedy as having 100 of frogbit in 1 tank.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:50 PM   #8
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With high water movement the water lettuce will stay small.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #9
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Sounds like I needs me some water lettuce then. I have a Fluval Spec V which has a semi-open top (plastic lid with a cutout where the light is). Is 1" of room enough for water lettuce?
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