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post #41 of 124 Old 08-05-2011, 01:44 PM
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That is looking good, well done.

You asked about the Pennywort, but I can't see it...but regardless, I agree with letting it float. You need some surface plants to complete the look, and it will do fine.

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I don't have it yet.:) will I have the same problem that I had with the watersprite? With it hanging way too far down into the water? Or should I just go with a pure floating plant like duckweed or frogbit?
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I don't have it yet.:) will I have the same problem that I had with the watersprite? With it hanging way too far down into the water? Or should I just go with a pure floating plant like duckweed or frogbit?
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Pennywort is superb floating. The stems will trail across the surface, the leaves will all face up, and the roots from each leaf node will grow down into the water.

Duckweed is fine, but not so attractive. And some consider it a menace. I like it, if kept under control.

Frogbit is lovely too, if you can grow it. Mine comes and goes, may be seasonal. I've had it for over a year, it has grown incredibly fast covering the 4-foot tank's surface, then dissolved down to a couple stalks, then rebounded, now it is turning to mush again. Since nothing has changed in terms of light, nutrients, water, I can only assume it goes through stages like this.

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Pennywort is superb floating. The stems will trail across the surface, the leaves will all face up, and the roots from each leaf node will grow down into the water.

Duckweed is fine, but not so attractive. And some consider it a menace. I like it, if kept under control.

Frogbit is lovely too, if you can grow it. Mine comes and goes, may be seasonal. I've had it for over a year, it has grown incredibly fast covering the 4-foot tank's surface, then dissolved down to a couple stalks, then rebounded, now it is turning to mush again. Since nothing has changed in terms of light, nutrients, water, I can only assume it goes through stages like this.

Happy to know about your experience with frobit, I got some myself a few months back and have had the same issues with it turning to mush, moved it to my 5 gal with just a sponge filter to see if I have any better luck.
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I don't have it yet.:) will I have the same problem that I had with the watersprite? With it hanging way too far down into the water? Or should I just go with a pure floating plant like duckweed or frogbit?
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I have Pennywort and Frogbit. They are both relatively new in my tank, about two months for the pennywort and a month for the frogbit.

I initially disliked my pennywort, but I believe that's because what I initially received was substrate-rooted and had a very "heavy" feel to the stem/runner. Currently, it's spreading very nicely along the surface, with small roots hanging down from each leaf node.

The Frogbit is replicating like mad and has a much more robust root growth. Some of the plants have roots in excess of 4 inches! The Pennywort roots are only about 1/2 inch. I like both plants, but the jury is still out on which one I like best .

I also tried watersprite. Not my favorite as a floating plant . Very heavy roots and they dropped way down into my 55. However, I planted the watersprite in my 10 gallons substrate and it looks very nice.
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Happy to know about your experience with frobit, I got some myself a few months back and have had the same issues with it turning to mush, moved it to my 5 gal with just a sponge filter to see if I have any better luck.
It may be a seasonal thing. It grows so well, spreading over the entire tank. Then after a couple months, it almost dies back to nothing for a couple months. Then it starts growing again.

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Any experience with water lettuce?
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I tried water lettuce once it did not do well for me.

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post #49 of 124 Old 08-05-2011, 04:53 PM
I have water lettuce currently and its growing like a weed, i throw out bunches every week. They look nice but will block out light if you're not careful.
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post #50 of 124 Old 08-13-2011, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Heres another update. The water is a little stirred up in these pictures since I was just toying around with my plants. I'll take a clearer picture tonight after it settles.

I have added 3 three line cory's (I think.. pet smart had them listed as julii's. They look nothing like them). and 3 peppered cory's.


Also, I have these tiny green algae on my glass. They look like spots and I cant get them to come off with scrubbing. Is there a better way to get them off?

You can see them in the picture of the cory and oto below.

Edit: I have pennywort ordered for this week! So i'll finally get some good floating plants
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