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Favorite floating plants for reducing light?

I've had frogbit in a low tech 20 gallon long for several years and it's been great for providing shelter and shade, but after switching from an old T5 fixture to a nicrew LED one, the roots have started growing out of control. They never got this bad in this tank, but I did notice my newer tanks with LED fixtures had this same problem until I got fed up with trimming roots and removed it all.


Gonna try reducing brightness on the fixture and see if that helps, but if it doesn't and out of control roots continue to be an issue, I might want to switch to something else for surface cover in this tank.


So that brings us to the question: what are everyone's favorite floating plants for providing cover, spawning sites, shelter, etc?
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I've had frogbit in a low tech 20 gallon long for several years and it's been great for providing shelter and shade, but after switching from an old T5 fixture to a nicrew LED one, the roots have started growing out of control. They never got this bad in this tank, but I did notice my newer tanks with LED fixtures had this same problem until I got fed up with trimming roots and removed it all.


Gonna try reducing brightness on the fixture and see if that helps, but if it doesn't and out of control roots continue to be an issue, I might want to switch to something else for surface cover in this tank.


So that brings us to the question: what are everyone's favorite floating plants for providing cover, spawning sites, shelter, etc?
I have like six different floaters that covers it. Becomes crazy after awhile but Red Root Floaters are great. Stays small, roots don't get overly long.

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I've had frogbit in a low tech 20 gallon long for several years and it's been great for providing shelter and shade, but after switching from an old T5 fixture to a nicrew LED one, the roots have started growing out of control. They never got this bad in this tank, but I did notice my newer tanks with LED fixtures had this same problem until I got fed up with trimming roots and removed it all.


Gonna try reducing brightness on the fixture and see if that helps, but if it doesn't and out of control roots continue to be an issue, I might want to switch to something else for surface cover in this tank.


So that brings us to the question: what are everyone's favorite floating plants for providing cover, spawning sites, shelter, etc?
Duckweed is the one I use, if you want some be sure to know how to control it and how to make opening areas for feeding and light for plants below. Its considered a plague for some ppl

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I like the frogbit, you just have to keep it under control. I too use plastic covers that float to keep my frogbit under control. Water Lettuce is another good one.


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Salvinia minima is short-rooted and spreads well, but is easier to get out of a tank than duckweed. I love Amazon frogbit, but like you am getting annoyed with the root length.

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I have not tried everything but anything is better than duckweed! I prefer Salvinia cucullata. The red root floaters (Phyllanthus fluitans) that I have is a bit more fragile.

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I have not tried everything but anything is better than duckweed! I prefer Salvinia cucullata. The red root floaters (Phyllanthus fluitans) that I have is a bit more fragile.



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I agree about the duckweed, for me its good because i control them, i have circular airlines, and theres always a couple outside but my fish eat them at the feeding time lol and the filter makes it goes down and the fish eat it anyways...however if you dont control it, goes inside your filter, mess with the filtration mechanics, block 100% of light, and fight for nutrients in the water as well as anyother floating plant. And you will never get rid of it...

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Another vote for red root floaters. With good light, they add some color. But as others have said, they need to be controlled to keep it from covering the entire tank--though nowhere near as bad as duckweed I find myself giving away some to members here every week just to keep it under control in one 55 g tank.

I guess the question to ask is what you want your floaters for? To provide shade for shy fish? Shelter for fry or shrimp? To soak up nutrients? Or just for visual interest? I'm a form follows function guy, so thinking about what you want floaters for could help you choose the best ones
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