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post #21 of 25 Old 10-18-2011, 01:56 AM
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I think he's probably talking about live floating plants. If you can find wisteria at petco or petsmart, I had a lot of luck with that plant sucking up a lot of waste from the water column. I wouldn't recommend planting it unless you've got a lot of light in your tank, but it'd be fine floating.. You can also look for pennywort, I personally love the look of it.

I found it to be pretty difficult to find plants that are 100% floating plants.. so, I'm trying to think of things you may be able to find easily at a normal pet store. If you can find amazon frogtbit I think that's a decent floating plant too.

A lot of the floating plants grow very quickly once they settle in to your tank, and so they eat up a lot of nutrients in your tank very quickly, limiting ammonia, and nitrite/nitrate..
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I think he's probably talking about live floating plants. If you can find wisteria at petco or petsmart, I had a lot of luck with that plant sucking up a lot of waste from the water column. I wouldn't recommend planting it unless you've got a lot of light in your tank, but it'd be fine floating.. You can also look for pennywort, I personally love the look of it.

I found it to be pretty difficult to find plants that are 100% floating plants.. so, I'm trying to think of things you may be able to find easily at a normal pet store. If you can find amazon frogtbit I think that's a decent floating plant too.

A lot of the floating plants grow very quickly once they settle in to your tank, and so they eat up a lot of nutrients in your tank very quickly, limiting ammonia, and nitrite/nitrate..
I have never wanted live plants because they grow, and I don't want to have to deal with them. People say they are easy to maintain but I don't want to have to deal with them at all. Plus my tank has several nice artificial plants in it and mixing artificial and live plants would just look retarded in my opinion. But I would like to add a floating plant like suggested to help the Rummys (since they dont like too much light). Can I just get some artificial floating stuff and add it in? My ammonia levels and everything are fine right now, so I am not worried about it and do not need the live plants to help with the levels. I just want to make the Rummys happy with plants to dim the light coming through the surface. The other worry I have about floating plants is that they catch all the food that I add to the surface. Would all the food get stuck up there?

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post #23 of 25 Old 10-18-2011, 07:20 AM
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I have floating plants and have never had issues with the food. If you have tetra, they will find the floating food. lol.
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post #24 of 25 Old 10-18-2011, 08:36 AM
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You shouldn't have a problem, keep Prime on hand in case of a spike. Rummynose have a low bioload, maybe just feed sparingly for the first few days.
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post #25 of 25 Old 10-18-2011, 09:33 AM
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I'm not sure if it might get caught in a fabric floating plant, but it should be fine in plastic. I have never used fake floating plants, even when I had fake plants in the rest of my tank.
Right now the whole top of my tank has pennywort growing on it, and the fish have no problem finding the food. I actually like it because, as slow as my rams eat, they get a chance to eat more food now because the tetras and rasboras are at all different areas of the top of the tank looking for the food. The food doesn't really get stuck, and what very small amount may is picked up by my ghost shrimp, who swim upside down on the surface looking for the food -- too cute! I love having the pennywort because it reminds me of lilies, but since it's a stem plant it's very easy to maintain. If it grows too much, you just clip off part of then stem and toss/share the unwanted part.

Sorry, I guess I'm still trying to convince you to go live, at least on the floating plants. They're really very, very easy plants to take care of and since they are at the surface you don't need too special of a light, any co2... idk of you'd NEED liquid fertilizer or not.. someone else can confirm or deny that. But I think it's the beautiful roots that dangle inside the tank that really made me love floating plants, as well as the fact that they can be a useful buffer if some of your params do spike a but. As far as the look of the roots, it's very delicate, something they'd probably never duplicate properly in any fake plant, and it's a great place for fish to explore.

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