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post #1 of 6 Old 12-13-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Cannot bring myself to get a floaty...

I know that a LOT of fish like the floating plants but I just cannot seem to get myself to get one... because I think they get in the way. I had duckweed fro a while - disaster. I'm told that my hygrophilia will be a floatee also - but i like it planted. Is there a plant that floats that has large leaves and can be easily moved around but will also provide good cover? And maybe flowers as well?
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-13-2009, 08:37 PM
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i dont know much about floating plants but a member named lupin does try sending a pm
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-14-2009, 09:28 AM
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Nymphaea lotus. Get a decorative pot and put gravel in it. Keep the bulb half-buried and the plant will grow well in no time. It's an undemanding plant.

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-14-2009, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Lupin! That think looks fantastic! But I'm confused... You say to put the plant in a pot with gravel... at the bottom of the tank? Submerged? If so... what part of it floats?

Sorry - bit of a neophyte to this plant...
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-14-2009, 03:44 PM
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It sends floating leaves. The Nuphar, Nymphaea and Nymphoides genera of plants will all produce floating leaves, depending in some cases upon light intensity and/or substrate enrichment. The latter genus is the banana plant, so called.

For true floaters, there is Ceratopteris (water sprite) and Amazon frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum). I have both, the latter flowers, quite lovely little flowers actually, most aquarium plants don't have much in the way of flowers but when my Frogbit bloomed I was quite surprised.

Duckweed can be a mess. Salvinia is a similar but nicer (in my opinion) plant, but also small and thus likely to be more like duckweed. The other two I mentioned have larger leaves. Ceratopteris will spread right across the aquarium surface quickly, it is a good plant for water filtration because of its fast growth. And very useful with its dangling roots that hide fry, support bubblenests, serve as feeding grounds for many fish, etc.


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post #6 of 6 Old 12-16-2009, 03:26 PM
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pennywort can float and has big leaves.

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