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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-09-2004, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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How many people like Duck Weed. I like it and ever since I took it out of a Clients Pond My algea bloom went away.


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I hate that stuff. It is so hard to erradicate. I finally managed to get it out of three of my four tanks. The last one is still giving me trouble. There must be a source of Duckweed that I still can't find in there.

For algae control I now just use Riccia. It grows just as fast as Duckweed and is easily removed. And, for a while, everybody wanted to buy that stuff. Win-win situation.

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I found the best way to get rid of duckweeed. Hungry guppies...they devour the stuff. I got rid of my duckweed in my 90 gallon completely. I mean completely.
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I like it but only for like ponds or tanks that I am not planning on having planted.
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I both like it and dislike it. I like it in a natural setting, in a low light/low maintenance tank, where it makes your shy fishies more comfortable. Some fish do eat it...
I don't like it in a high-light tank, where it clogs up the entire water surface in short time, and kind of counters the point of having strong lighting.


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My vote tipped the scale to the other side, muahahaha.

Anyways, I don't like that stuff. In my high light tank, it just grows too quickly. The shading that it does isn't so bad, but everytime that I put my hand into the tank, it comes back out covered in that stuff.

I prefer salvinia as a floating cover as it's a lot more manageable.

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For being a biologist I can't stand duckweed...or moreso the people that can't use it responsibly in the aquarium trade. It should NEVER be flushed down the toilet or thrown in a sink. Similar to Azolla it is a nasty invasive that literally will choke out all the other native plant species in any body of water it gets a foothold in. Then you see a catastrophic effect where even the fish die because of lack of gas exchange. Bad...bad..stuff.

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I don't know why people have a hard time getting rid of duckweed. I've had both duckweed and salvinia in my high light tank and sure it grew fast, but it was easily netted out. I removed it and never saw a speck of it again. I think diligence can go a long way.

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Yeah, getting rid of duckweed ain't THAT bad. Anyway, frogbit owns duckweed.
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I think that duck weed is nice and it not that hard to remove. You just have to make sure that you get it all.

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I like duckweed for my fishes' benefit. From a biologist's standpoint (I've worked in biocontrol, where the general point is to undo someone's accidental importation with another importation), very little of the flora and fauna we use in our tanks is beyond reproach. Duckweed is probably some of the worst...but my imported carp sure do love it. Where I live, I think aquatic life should be more concerned with untreated ballast being dumped in the Great Lakes than with duckweed in the toilets--at least we treat our sewage!

I would not have introduced duckweed to my aquarium on purpose. I don't like it sticking to my hands and arms either.
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