Originally Posted by Varkolak
Why do you say the lettuce is a pain?
I do like it, but it just gets everywhere. I have 3 types of floating plant actually, all in the same tank. I have a variant of Salvinia, some dwarf water lettuce and now the frogbit.
When I do water changes the water lettuce and salvinia get stuck up my arm, on the syphon, on the jug I use to put the clean water back in etc..
When I feed the fish, I have to turn the filter off and scoop the plants to make a space to put the food in...
The flow from my filter which shoots out across the tanks surface caused all the lettuce and salvinia to bunch up over the other side of the tank, sometimes its over an inch thick just layers and layers, loads of it under the water.
I constantly have to rummage through the hundreds and hundreds of plants I now have to pull out all the old browning, dead leaves. The salvinia tends to have loads of new growth (it grows in a line) but the oldest 2/4 leaves brown off and need taking out.
Theres a few reasons.. lol.
I love having floating plants, and wouldn't be without to be fair, but sometimes I think they are more work than they are worth.... Maybe if I had some floating water sprite they grow so big I think they might just stay in one spot, that might be better for me? dunno, it was just an off the cuff remark, although I do like the plant in question.