personal preference. I liked them for a while but they grew way too dense (light blocking) and way too fast. I also didn't like the fact that they get dunked and caught on plants like you said. So I basically replaced them with frogbit.
I have a tank at home that the nitrates are getting too high. would floater plants absorb nitrates?
That's a great idea. What's an HOB outlet?As suggested above, form a floating "ring" out of airline tubing and then stick your floaters in the middle. Unless it drifts under an HOB outlet they should all stay contained within the ring.
That is excellent advice. Have you ever used them as fertilizer in your garden? I'm considering doing that rather than throwing excess in my trashcan but not sure if is helpful to my outdoor plants.The only reason I keep floaters, and the floater I keep is Frogbit, is that it helps fight algae in the sense that they absorb excess nutrients. If you do decide to get rid of them, dispose of the in a garbage can, and not down the drain or toilet as they are invasive.
It'd be like throwing any other plant into your compost. Just make sure that they are dead before throwing them into your garden since a large rain can push the plants towards local streams and ponds which can cause issues for local wildlife. Alternatively you could dry them out and make fish food from them as well or feed them directly to fish that like to eat plants like goldfish.That is excellent advice. Have you ever used them as fertilizer in your garden? I'm considering doing that rather than throwing excess in my trashcan but not sure if is helpful to my outdoor plants.