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Nutrient Sponges?

I am looking for some good plants that will act as nutrient sponges as I am struggling with a minor green water problem right now.
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I am looking for some good plants that will act as nutrient sponges as I am struggling with a minor green water problem right now.
Any floating plants will work, or even better emersed - but avoid Duckweed at all costs. I remember Willow plantlets worked wonders with a lot of people.
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I'm curious... Why avoid duckweed? I have it in my daughter's new tank and I was hoping that it would be a good nutrient sink for her 20H since even though her tank is fully planted, many of the plants are slow growers.
 
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I'm curious... Why avoid duckweed? I have it in my daughter's new tank and I was hoping that it would be a good nutrient sink for her 20H since even though her tank is fully planted, many of the plants are slow growers.
It's a pest to most people. It's extremely difficult to get rid of, not attractive at all and readily outcompetes other plants for light with much success.
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Use frogbit (Limnobium laevigaetum)......easy to thin out, grows faster than anything else I've ever encountered.

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cool cool! I am doing some research online about it! do you have any pics?
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cool cool! I am doing some research online about it! do you have any pics?


Here's a close-up of Pistia stratiotes (that's an MTS stuck in a water droplet). I used to have a much better picture but it seems there's an error with my memory-disk.

I'll try to get better pictures tommorow.
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sweet where would I get that plant?
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sweet where would I get that plant?
I'll send you some, just PM me.
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Any floating plants will work, or even better emersed - but avoid Duckweed at all costs. I remember Willow plantlets worked wonders with a lot of people.
By emersed do you mean to plant the floaters?
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I have heard stem plants work really good
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Hygro is a sponge for sure. But I don't think it will help your green water problem. Although in any tank that I've ever owned that had a large amount of hygo in it never seemd to have much algae in it. So it may help a bit.
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