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Hi everyone, I have the original 2 gal Fluval Spec and wondered what would be a good, high light floating plant. I currently have a moss ball and a bush of dwarf baby tears carpeting nicely but I love the extra dimension that floating plants add. I've tried duckweed and they are too small, getting sucked into the overflow. I've also had water lettuce and they didn't last... I did gather them from a brackish canal so that might have something to do with it. I do have a pretty powerful light at 36w which I know seems like overkill but my baby tears love it. Thanks in advance for suggestions!

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Given that floaters typically sit just inches (or less) away from light bars, pretty much any of 'em will likely do well. I'm partial to red root floaters in high light conditions given their color, lovely tiny flowers when they bloom as well, but any of the salvinia would likely do well too. Frogbit's always done better for me under moderate lighting, but I've certainly seen it used in high light tanks.

I suspect your water lettuce failed more due to the change in conditions than light levels--I've dwarf water lettuce thriving in 10+hours of direct sun in a tiny vase out on my patio (in Arizona!) and the it's happy as can be despite having no water flow and daytime water temps in the high 90's--and more doing equally well (if slightly smaller and thinner leaved) in a water barrel in full shade.
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Hello atom...

Hornwort is a favorite of mine. Common Pond Weed (Anacharis) and Pennywort are all good.

Attached is a pic of a low tech tank with the floating Hornwort. Even with relatively low light, you'll have to trim it weekly.

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Thanks for the responses, I'm really liking the fluitans and think it would look great in my tank however I can only seem to find sellers with ten or more plants. I think I would only need one or two for my small tank. I'll keep searching however and also delve further into the other options as well!

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Thanks for the responses, I'm really liking the fluitans and think it would look great in my tank however I can only seem to find sellers with ten or more plants. I think I would only need one or two for my small tank. I'll keep searching however and also delve further into the other options as well!
Are you talking about Riccia Fluitans and are you talking about 1 or golfball portions? If so, I have some available.

I also have some Ricciocarpus Natan, it has purple roots, I find it to be my favorite floater. Don't have a picture at hand, but if you google it, you'll see what I'm talking about. Pm me if interested

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Water sprite is a nice floater, too. When it gets too big you just pull off the baby plantlets and discard the mother.

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Red root floater is my favorite- it is colorful and makes lots of tiny white flowers!
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Hornwort is also one of my favorites. Grows like crazy, so you know it's doing what it's supposed to
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For a nano tank, I'd go with either giant duckweed, red root floaters, or salvinia.

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I picked up some salvinia from my LFS and it's perfect for my Spec V, so I suspect it will go well in my Spec 2 as well. I'd previously tried water lettuce, but the roots got too long and really crowded my tank.

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