03-26-2008, 04:48 AM
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Re: Not-so-floating plant!
Originally Posted by Ashkat
Ok... so I got a bundle of hornwort with the intention of adding it as a floating plant. It does float... sort of. I need a plant that will float at the surface of the tank, and this hornwort hangs somewhat at the mid to bottom level of the tank. Which is where my barbs prefer to swim, so it's definitely in the way.
Any ideas? I was thinking maybe I could tie some of the hornwort to a something that will float, like a ping pong ball. Or attach them to a thread pulled through the back of the tank cover...
You can plant it if you wish. Hornwort doesn't form roots, but it does put down hold-fasts to keep it in place. If your water is moderately hard, say around gH 10 or 15 and you have decent lights (at least 2 or 3 watts per gallon full spectrum) it'll turn into a real bush over time. Hornwort in health is a real niitrate sponge.
As far a a floater, my favorite is Amazon frogbit - Limnobium laevigatum. Looks like duckweed on steroids, but darker green, larger (leaves larger than an inch in diameter) and isn't a pest.