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Old 12-17-2014, 04:57 AM   #1
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Duckweed in low tech tanks


Is duckweed beneficial in low tech tanks?Or do the other plants suffer because of the lack of nutrients consumed by this plant?

As far as blocking the light ,I'm not too worried ,I am ready to scoop out some if it ever takes the whole surface.

I got used to it sticking to hands and stuff ,not bothered by that.
My tanks have been running for a while now ,and they seem pretty balanced.,I only have low light ,easy, plants and stopped dosing nutrients a while back ,as I keep my lights at low intensity.

Duckweed has appeared ,god knows from where ,and I wanted to know if it will bring some disturbance in other plants survival.

Floaters are your friends ,he said ....will I regret letting it spread too much?
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:12 AM   #2
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I have rocks/fine gravel siliconed to the back and one end of my 10g tanks.
Because it has java moss etc growing at the water level it is impossible to remove the Duckweed. So I just scoop out most of it each water change. I read on here that Gouramis eat it. You might check into that if interested. I feel that it is important not to let it get past 30-40% coverage of it for two reasons. It will shut off the light from other plants AND if anything like thick it will die on the bottom layer and those pieces of dead plants will add to your organic waste in there.
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:59 AM   #3
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I have rocks/fine gravel siliconed to the back and one end of my 10g tanks.
Because it has java moss etc growing at the water level it is impossible to remove the Duckweed. So I just scoop out most of it each water change. I read on here that Gouramis eat it. You might check into that if interested. I feel that it is important not to let it get past 30-40% coverage of it for two reasons. It will shut off the light from other plants AND if anything like thick it will die on the bottom layer and those pieces of dead plants will add to your organic waste in there.
I remember I had it already ,a while back ,it didn't spread much cause it kept being moved by the surface agitation.After a couple of months ,it came back ,but still not spreading much.
Guess I'll wait and see....I wouldn't leave it stacking up on the whole surface ,but I heard it's beneficial for balancing a tank.I am worried about the other plants suffering from nutrient hunger because of it ,that's all.....
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Just depends on what's underneath it and where that plant primarily draws nutrients from.
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YES, if you have it you will never have algae!
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Other floaters aren't nearly so annoying as duckweed.
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Old 12-17-2014, 04:14 PM   #7
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YES, if you have it you will never have algae!
Couldn't agree more.
Those of us that can deal with it keep it around for this specific reason in most cases. For me, the alternatives to keeping film algaes at bay make Duckweed golden. It really does literally scrub the water column and keep glass clean all by it's lonesome. But I certainly respect the issues that others have with it. Like lots of things, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution.
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