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smit3183 03-20-2013 11:20 AM

Anyone have experience with dwarf water lettuce..
Is it a fast grower? Is it very demanding for certain water or lighting? Is it hard to kill?

Desperately trying to find a floater to work for my 55 gallon which is running one 6500k T8 bulb.

jaysee 03-20-2013 12:52 PM

My experience is that the plant does not do well in tanks with lots of water movement.

smit3183 03-20-2013 12:58 PM

Is that the main reason it could fail? I have a HOB filter but its baffled and have very very little surface movement . Plus the DWL would be on other side of tank from filter.

jaysee 03-20-2013 02:36 PM

That's why it failed for me, I think. If I recall correctly, they don't like gettin their leaves wet.

Boredomb 03-20-2013 03:05 PM

Mine hated my tank!
Though as jaysee has already mentioned DWL doesn't like movement nor does it like get pushed under water. This is something I didn't realize until after the fact.

As long as you get it and its not getting beat up by the filter/water movement it should be fine. There can be some surface movement just not a lot.

jaysee 03-20-2013 04:04 PM

It died in a tank with just an AC filter - minimal surface movement. I'm not a plant guy, but I wonder if raising the light fixture up off the top would have helped. I wonder if they got enough light with the fixture sitting on the glass top.

smit3183 03-20-2013 04:21 PM

Is amazon frogbit easier to deal with?

ao 03-20-2013 04:58 PM

none of these floaters can survive submersed...

except for duckweed that is. lol

jaysee 03-20-2013 05:43 PM

Duckweed can't even survive in my tanks :-)

JDM 03-20-2013 07:48 PM


Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 1494969)
Duckweed can't even survive in my tanks :-)

You're right, you're DEFINITELY not a plant guy if you can kill duckweed.:shock:

I'm hoping to get some DWL but I tried for frogbit first.... floaters are tough to get around here and frogbit is not allowed to be brought into the area.

Anyway, frogbit would be hardier. I was going to say duckweed is impossible to kill.... but I would stand corrected.


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