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post #1 of 18 Old 03-20-2013, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have experience with dwarf water lettuce..

Is it a fast grower? Is it very demanding for certain water or lighting? Is it hard to kill?

Desperately trying to find a floater to work for my 55 gallon which is running one 6500k T8 bulb.
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-20-2013, 12:52 PM
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My experience is that the plant does not do well in tanks with lots of water movement.

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Is that the main reason it could fail? I have a HOB filter but its baffled and have very very little surface movement . Plus the DWL would be on other side of tank from filter.
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That's why it failed for me, I think. If I recall correctly, they don't like gettin their leaves wet.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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Mine hated my tank!
Though as jaysee has already mentioned DWL doesn't like movement nor does it like get pushed under water. This is something I didn't realize until after the fact.

As long as you get it and its not getting beat up by the filter/water movement it should be fine. There can be some surface movement just not a lot.

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post #6 of 18 Old 03-20-2013, 04:04 PM
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It died in a tank with just an AC filter - minimal surface movement. I'm not a plant guy, but I wonder if raising the light fixture up off the top would have helped. I wonder if they got enough light with the fixture sitting on the glass top.

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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #7 of 18 Old 03-20-2013, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Is amazon frogbit easier to deal with?
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post #8 of 18 Old 03-20-2013, 04:58 PM
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none of these floaters can survive submersed...

except for duckweed that is. lol
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Duckweed can't even survive in my tanks

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post #10 of 18 Old 03-20-2013, 07:48 PM
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Duckweed can't even survive in my tanks
You're right, you're DEFINITELY not a plant guy if you can kill duckweed.

I'm hoping to get some DWL but I tried for frogbit first.... floaters are tough to get around here and frogbit is not allowed to be brought into the area.

Anyway, frogbit would be hardier. I was going to say duckweed is impossible to kill.... but I would stand corrected.

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