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The shotgun approach to planting a tank
Old 06-29-2013, 09:28 AM   #211
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I actually didn't want hatchet fish, my daughter does... and yes, I know they're jumpers. I figure that with all the cover plants it won't be as much of an issue. Having said that, my maintenance is now down to water changing (the lid stays on and closed as i dont vacuum anymore) and the odd bit of planting or pruning... no stem plants to speak of... so it's probably a good quiet environment for these guys now.

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Old 07-21-2013, 08:26 AM   #212
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Frogbit... Yay!

Finally, frogbit!

I was looking to add some of this to the aquarium very early on only to find that it is considered an invasive species and cannot be sold. Yesterday I happened to be driving past a lakeside park and asked my daughter if she wanted to wander about, it has some trails that meander along the shoreline.

Once we gave up on the inept driver (didn't know the first thing about trailering and was trying to back the boat trailer down to the launch.... between jackknifing the trailer, catching large rocks under the truck and not accepting any assistance.... if nothing else it was entertaining) we found some frogbit and decided to take some home for the aquarium. I usually have a bucket in the car for just such occasions... sure.

Here is a shot of one string. It appears to be either the european of the native north american variety.

I need to first remove a bunch of the floating mass that we already have in the tank so there is room for it, but I need to do some more rinsing to remove the native fauna from the plants before it gets added anyway.

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Old 07-28-2013, 08:59 PM   #213
 
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That's so cool! Congratulations on the find. :) Saving the wilds, and adding beauty to your tank! Win-win. I really like frogbit, the roots are gorgeous - but it does block a ton of light. . . I hope it thrives and grows for you!
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:32 PM   #214
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I'm hoping it blocks the light well. The floating mass that I have in there now is 6" or more thick... I don't want to completely replace it but I want a good covering plant that has a decent root system. Once i actually get it in there I'll post some pics.

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Old 07-29-2013, 07:09 AM   #215
 
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It blocks the light amazingly - too well, sometimes! It grows like duckweed, too - once it gets going. I have three dirted buckets of the stuff out back right now - they just keep growing and growing. . . just about to send some off to new homes. :) that tank will look gorgeous with the long roots (of course, I'm biased). Can't wait for pics when you get it in and growing!
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:48 AM   #216
 
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If this is the native or European species you can expect a period of time were it might die off and come back. As this plant is use to cold periods in the winter and warm in the summer. It won't get this in the aquarium but will still try to go through the cycle. Byron has this issue with his Frogbit.

Still a nice plant and what a great plant to find.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:23 PM   #217
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Its european, so that's good to know.

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:00 PM   #218
 
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Yeah I think I would expect to see some die off at certain times of the year and rapid growth at other times.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:21 PM   #219
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So, here is a shot of the frogbit roots hanging in the water, with Oscar in the foreground of course. I really like the hairy look, sort of a soft fuzzy bit. They act like filters as they capture tidbits and particles from the water. They caught a lot of the fish kibbles the first morning they were in the tank.

Also a shot of the frogbit floating on the top. The little buggy bites are leftover from these leaves that were in the river originally, eventually I expect that these leaves will be replaced by new growth.

The only thing missing are small frogs sitting on the frogbit leaves waiting for a passing flying insect to devour.

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:18 PM   #220
 
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I wish my roots could keep their fuzz. My fish find them tasty -.-
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