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post #1 of 6 Old 02-03-2012, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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picked up a water sprite today..

I thought this could be used as a floating plant. That's what I'm using it as but it sure doesn't look like a floating plant. Has a big root and kinda hanging in middle of tank. Is this normal? Or should it be used as a midground plant.
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-03-2012, 10:29 PM
it can be either, the reason why it probably looks like that is because it might have grown in the substrate. but can do well floating

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-03-2012, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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am i suppose to..

Remove the stems from the root if I want to use it as a floating plant.. it looks silly right now.
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 09:07 AM
You don't have to buy you can if you want

16 gallon - 11 neon tetras, 6 Pygmy cories, 6 kuhli loaches and 1 male Betta
15 gallon - 1 male Betta, 3 platies, and 5 guppies
6 gallon - 1 male Betta

All planted tanks

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 10:15 AM
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New plants develop on the old leaves when they're on their way out. These new small plants make good floating plants and, when they get larger, you can put them in the gravel if you want. I assume we are talking about the plant that is also called Indian Fern.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 12:35 PM
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Water Sprite is probably the best floating ploant for an aquarium. The leaves will spread across the water surface, and the very large mass of fine roots will extend down into the tank for several inches. This is part of its value. Fish love to browse through that mass of dnagling roots, picking off microscopic plankton as food. Fry will hide in this root mass. And the amount of oxygen released into the water by those roots is incredible. Plus, they take up nutrients including copious amounts of ammonia/ammonium.

I suspect your previous idea of "floating plants" may be something like duckweed. This is fine as far as it goes, but the deeper the floating plant the better.

Most of my tanks have floating Water Sprite.

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