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post #1 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
Online plant sources?

Hi all,

I was wondering where a reliable online store was for getting good online plants? I want to buy frogbit, but my usual thatfishplace.com and liveaquaria.com do not carry it. What other sources are good for plants?
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post #2 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 10:55 AM
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I've heard that this is a very hard plant to find. I use aquariumplants.com and they usually have everything but they don't have frogbit.

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post #3 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 10:56 AM
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I had a very hard time finding Frogbit as well. I eventaully found it on Aquabid and bought all that the seller had. Check there too.
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post #4 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
What about other floating plants? I cant seem to find the watersprite listed in the forum profiles, the ones i find all have other scientific names and look like they're planted. I also heard duckweed is good? but will carpet the surface...
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post #5 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 11:31 AM
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What about other floating plants? I cant seem to find the watersprite listed in the forum profiles, the ones i find all have other scientific names and look like they're planted. I also heard duckweed is good? but will carpet the surface...
Frogbit is hard to come by. And it is not an easy plant. I had it covering my 90g for weeks, then suddenly, it died off. I now have a couple feeble plants in another tank. This may be one reason why it is so difficult to find.

Ceratopteris cornuta is ideal. You may find it planted, it will grow planted in the substrate or floating; it grows best floating. But it is available, if not in stores online.

Duckweed is just that, a "weed." It works fine, but being so small it does not have the usefulness of Ceratopteris and other floating plants. Salvinia is similar but a bit larger and more attractive, but not easy to find either.

Another option is to use a stem plant. My 90g is presently covered on the surface by Brazilian Pennywort. This makes an ideal floating plant, the leaves will face up at the surface, the roots will grow downward and longer, and the plant does very well.

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I have Salvinia floating in my 120g. It is a nice floating plant and not as troublesome as Duckweed. It spreads rapidly. I now scoop out netfuls of it several times a week, but it gives the shade I desire in my tank.
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post #7 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 11:48 AM
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Most planted tank forums will have sale sections. The one I go to has quite a bit of frogbit for sale at the moment.

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post #8 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Another option is to use a stem plant. My 90g is presently covered on the surface by Brazilian Pennywort. This makes an ideal floating plant, the leaves will face up at the surface, the roots will grow downward and longer, and the plant does very well.

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So it will just be a long stem with leaves left and right facing upwards with lots of roots hanging down like a curtain?
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post #9 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 12:43 PM
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So it will just be a long stem with leaves left and right facing upwards with lots of roots hanging down like a curtain?
The stems grow across the surface fairly fast, and branch out, esp if you pinch the tips off. Not just in a straight line, but curved around too. Here are a couple photos I just took of my 90g.
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post #10 of 28 Old 09-23-2010, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
ohhh... that is a great alternative, its actually better than what i had wanted for the tank. Thanks! I will look for this plant for sure.

Quick question, does duckweed get eaten quickly? I had a little bit in a tank once and then it was gone the next day, I had no surface mixing so something must have been eating it?
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