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Ashkat 03-20-2008 01:41 PM

Not-so-floating plant!
 
Ok... so I got a bundle of hornwort with the intention of adding it as a floating plant. It does float... sort of. I need a plant that will float at the surface of the tank, and this hornwort hangs somewhat at the mid to bottom level of the tank. Which is where my barbs prefer to swim, so it's definitely in the way.

Any ideas? I was thinking maybe I could tie some of the hornwort to a something that will float, like a ping pong ball. Or attach them to a thread pulled through the back of the tank cover...


Frustrated,

Ashkat

Dtld9 03-20-2008 02:08 PM

water sprite floats and looks nice. If you click my tank button you can see them and see if you like them.

herefishy 03-20-2008 05:40 PM

Indian ferns are great low maintainance plants.

http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/Plantdir/ind-fern.htm

Dave66 03-26-2008 03:48 AM

Re: Not-so-floating plant!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ashkat
Ok... so I got a bundle of hornwort with the intention of adding it as a floating plant. It does float... sort of. I need a plant that will float at the surface of the tank, and this hornwort hangs somewhat at the mid to bottom level of the tank. Which is where my barbs prefer to swim, so it's definitely in the way.

Any ideas? I was thinking maybe I could tie some of the hornwort to a something that will float, like a ping pong ball. Or attach them to a thread pulled through the back of the tank cover...


Frustrated,

Ashkat

Ashkat,
You can plant it if you wish. Hornwort doesn't form roots, but it does put down hold-fasts to keep it in place. If your water is moderately hard, say around gH 10 or 15 and you have decent lights (at least 2 or 3 watts per gallon full spectrum) it'll turn into a real bush over time. Hornwort in health is a real niitrate sponge.
As far a a floater, my favorite is Amazon frogbit - Limnobium laevigatum. Looks like duckweed on steroids, but darker green, larger (leaves larger than an inch in diameter) and isn't a pest.

Dave

fish_4_all 03-26-2008 11:50 AM

Frogbit, Duckweed but try to get the larger version, Red Root floater, lilies would be a bottom plant but the lily pads they send up can quickly cover the surface of a tank if you let it.

iam_koi 03-27-2008 12:30 PM

Ashkat! good day! =)

in my experience, i would like to add, riccia fluitans... good nutrient sponge also and you could even tie some of it on rocks or DW. you would be suprise to see it pearl.. it can also be a snack to the barbs.ehehehehe in my tank, i have riccia and 5 rosy barbs..and they are doing ok.

hope this helps. thanks.


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