I am a new to planted tanks and need some help selecting a type of floating plant.
I have a 29 gallon (high) with 2 HOB filters. I have planted the tank with low light plants (anubias, crypts, java fern and some java moss). I currently have a finnex fugeray planted+ in the mail to replace my single T8.
My fertilization is as follows:
# daily metricide 14 that I am building up slowly due to my small fish (I have heard habrosus corydoras can be sensitive). Currently at 0.75 mls/10 gallons
# weekly flourish comprehensive for trace/micro elements
# daily dry ferts (ordered from GLA). I only dose potassium/phosphate mix as the nitrates in my tank seem to be sufficient. CSM-B will be dosed once my flourish bottle runs out
I plan to remove the top of the tank in a few days when my LEDs come in and is mounted.
I am wanting some floating plants for the following reasons/goals:
1) provide security to my chili rasboras
2) fill in some of the "dead space" in the upper 1/3 of my aquarium as the aquascaping sort of stops 1/2 way up the tank. I figure some floaters with some dangling roots could add some visual interest
3) help control algae
Also, I presume it is important that the plants not be of such density that they completely shade my plants below. With the type of plants I have, the planted+ should be plenty of light, but I don't want to block it out too much.
So, with these goals in mind, I was hoping some of you experts could name a few floaters that would work.