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what lowlight plants use the most nitrate?

as the title says it. i heard my javamoss isnt really effective. im not a plant guy im a fish guy. so whats the best lowlight plant to use? i been useing javamoss and duckweed(not on purpose). is this fine or should i switch?
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hornswort, i hear duckweed works well, but can get quite out of control and from my experience is kind of annoying

hornswort works very well and will float or be planted however you choose

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hornwart or anacharis works just fine being floated. i like the look of larger floaters rather than duckweed. any fast growing plant will be fine pick what u like that can fit into your requirements
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Water Sprite is a nitrate hog. Either floating or planted.


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how effective is java moss?
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I would stay away from the Duckweed and the Watersprite. It can get out of controll really quick. It's also hard to get rid of.

My vote is for the Hornwort.

You might need to ask yourself why you have high nitrates. Here's a few other questions...Hows your bioload? What type of filter media do you have? What's your water change schedule like? What type of fish do you have?
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I would stay away from the Duckweed and the Watersprite. It can get out of controll really quick. It's also hard to get rid of.
How is water sprite hard to get rid of? I understand duckweed being able to become a PITA but water sprite?


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The biggest nitrate sponge is going to be the plant that grows the most quickly in your tank. Floating plants are some of the best, because they can utilize the CO2 in the air. Stem plants will be next on the list. Any of the Hygrophila species (H. difformis is Water Sprite), Bacopa, Rotala, Ludwigia are all good options.





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man....I'm just screwing up all over the place today! Watersprite is fine. My bad. I was thinking of somethinf else....maybe water spangles!
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watersprite , elodea, ceratophyllum ..but only floating
they are not really low light plants but floatig they can get 7000 - 10.000 lux from the tube.
anubias and Co are not that great at No2/No3 removal because they grow slow. slow growth = slow absorbtion of No3 etc etc etc
amazon sword it is a better choice also. it can get REAL big and remove a lot of waste
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The biggest nitrate sponge is going to be the plant that grows the most quickly in your tank. Floating plants are some of the best, because they can utilize the CO2 in the air. Stem plants will be next on the list. Any of the Hygrophila species (H. difformis is Water Sprite), Bacopa, Rotala, Ludwigia are all good options.
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The biggest nitrate sponge is going to be the plant that grows the most quickly in your tank. Floating plants are some of the best, because they can utilize the CO2 in the air. Stem plants will be next on the list. Any of the Hygrophila species (H. difformis is Water Sprite), Bacopa, Rotala, Ludwigia are all good options.

yes thankyou.
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