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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-23-2020, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Floating Plants in a Larger Tank..

Quick question. For those that have floating plants in a larger tank (mine is a 90g), is there no way for them not to be a total PITA? I love what they do for nitrates and I love the look actually + the cover for shrimp etc. I have Frogbit and Dwarf Water Lettuce.

But when changing the water or trimming.. or rearranging plants.. or even when the water level just drops a bit.. just a total PITA. I even have tried using fishing line to keep them where I want them, which helps. But the minute the water level drops some are able to float past it. (I'm sure I could use two lines, one below the other at different levels to try and account for that)

Any tips or tricks before I just get rid of most if not all of them? Are there any larger floating plants I'm not thinking of that may be easier to deal with? I do really like the benefits of how they soak up nutrients and provide cover for the fish, but it just doesn't seem worth it.
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Once floaters take over, no matter the size, it'll have this issue, and it also depends on the depth, the deeper it is, the harder, you won't have a mechanism to go down that far, however, you may try. A tube connected by a piece of plastic and then a suction cup, when the water decreases, the tube will drop to that depth, and keep the floaters at bay but you have to manually adjust it sometimes. A separator is always best but even after awhile you may run into issues.


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Tall plants will hold the roots in place, consecutively the plants.

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Once floaters take over, no matter the size, it'll have this issue, and it also depends on the depth, the deeper it is, the harder, you won't have a mechanism to go down that far, however, you may try. A tube connected by a piece of plastic and then a suction cup, when the water decreases, the tube will drop to that depth, and keep the floaters at bay but you have to manually adjust it sometimes. A separator is always best but even after awhile you may run into issues.
Yea that was my fear. I don't really see a way around it. I think I'll just start with reducing the amount instead of getting rid of them all. May try tubing instead, I just wasn't a fan of the tube circle I've seen on youtube and otherwise. Wanted one half of the tank with them and the other without. But may try it, thanks!

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It's a 90g tall so most plants just won't reach that high. I've got some jungle val, but it isn't the greatest for that.

Bump: One other question, has anyone ever used the larger pond floating plants in aquariums? Any issues with this? I know they're very invasive, but less likely to be moved around/flipped over as easily.
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I have some water hyacinth going in my 150G indoor pond. Seems to be doing pretty well.

The main downside I've found is they tend to shed a lot of root material. It can clog up prefilter and filter sponges pretty fast.
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I have some water hyacinth going in my 150G indoor pond. Seems to be doing pretty well.

The main downside I've found is they tend to shed a lot of root material. It can clog up prefilter and filter sponges pretty fast.
Thank you, that's good to know. Really love the look of those but I didn't ever think about that, there's none really with the small floaters I have.
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Actually, one last question. Does anyone use stem plants as floaters instead? When starting the tank I used hornwort and a few others that I let initially float but then sank. Thinking I can use them for the same cover/nitrate soaking purposes with less issues. How do people keep them floating?
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I keep my cabomba floating, flew bacopa before too but I eventually put them into the substrate, too much aerial roots.


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I keep my cabomba floating, flew bacopa before too but I eventually put them into the substrate, too much aerial roots.
And you never had a problem with them sinking?
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This should have a good solution to your "keep the plants in one area" problem!

So many fish/plants/inverts to keep, not enough aquaria.
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And you never had a problem with them sinking?



Stemmed plants usually do float, never had an issue.
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