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Recommended floating and fast growing plants

What would you suggest?

Also, I have a bag of Miracle grow organic planting soil, would it be safe to add some of it to the tank? I don't want to hurt the fish. Thanks

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Duckweed fits both of those requirements.
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Salvinia natans, duckweed, or maybe even frogbit if you want a more traditional floating plant. Hornwort and watersprite also work really well...

Adding Miracle grow straight to the tank with fish is a bad idea, it has to "cycle" itself first and leech any ammonia and potentially harmful gases.
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Salvinia natans, duckweed, or maybe even frogbit if you want a more traditional floating plant. Hornwort and watersprite also work really well...

Adding Miracle grow straight to the tank with fish is a bad idea, it has to "cycle" itself first and leech any ammonia and potentially harmful gases.
Ok I won't do that. I want to avoid duckweed because I've heard nothing but bad things about it.

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Duckweed has a bad reputation because of how fast it grows. It can be invasive, but if you're looking for something to help with too much light and/or something to suck up nutrients, it would be invaluable.
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What's the difference between duckweed and frogbit?
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What's the difference between duckweed and frogbit?
Frogbit is 50x bigger than duckweed, the roots are a lot longer, and it's a little slower to grow but more attractive...

Here's a good comparison of them I found:
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I like salvinia minima in my tank

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Then what is the difference between frogbit and red root floater?
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I use Water Lettuce. In most tanks it will stay about 2: across. In high light CO2 tanks a littler bigger.

In my tanks I can monitor the tank just by watching how fast it grows and how long the roots are. I like the roots in tanks were you want a darker, funky kinda of look.My beta loves to hang under the roots. They are great nutrient mops and help shade a tank if it's too bright. Super easy to grow. I've got enough extra to fill a 10gl extra right now, PM me if you want some.

Duckweed is an aquatic social desease. It grows insanely fast, when dries on tank glass or filters you need to scrape it off. I have it in the lake near my house, I sell it to Goldfish keepers. Goldfish love it.
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