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SinCrisis 09-23-2010 11:52 AM

Online plant sources?
 
Hi all,

I was wondering where a reliable online store was for getting good online plants? I want to buy frogbit, but my usual thatfishplace.com and liveaquaria.com do not carry it. What other sources are good for plants?

aunt kymmie 09-23-2010 11:55 AM

I've heard that this is a very hard plant to find. I use aquariumplants.com and they usually have everything but they don't have frogbit.

LisaC144 09-23-2010 11:56 AM

I had a very hard time finding Frogbit as well. I eventaully found it on Aquabid and bought all that the seller had. Check there too.

SinCrisis 09-23-2010 12:17 PM

What about other floating plants? I cant seem to find the watersprite listed in the forum profiles, the ones i find all have other scientific names and look like they're planted. I also heard duckweed is good? but will carpet the surface...

Byron 09-23-2010 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by SinCrisis (Post 477588)
What about other floating plants? I cant seem to find the watersprite listed in the forum profiles, the ones i find all have other scientific names and look like they're planted. I also heard duckweed is good? but will carpet the surface...

Frogbit is hard to come by. And it is not an easy plant. I had it covering my 90g for weeks, then suddenly, it died off. I now have a couple feeble plants in another tank. This may be one reason why it is so difficult to find.

Ceratopteris cornuta is ideal. You may find it planted, it will grow planted in the substrate or floating; it grows best floating. But it is available, if not in stores online.

Duckweed is just that, a "weed." It works fine, but being so small it does not have the usefulness of Ceratopteris and other floating plants. Salvinia is similar but a bit larger and more attractive, but not easy to find either.

Another option is to use a stem plant. My 90g is presently covered on the surface by Brazilian Pennywort. This makes an ideal floating plant, the leaves will face up at the surface, the roots will grow downward and longer, and the plant does very well.

Byron.

LisaC144 09-23-2010 12:34 PM

I have Salvinia floating in my 120g. It is a nice floating plant and not as troublesome as Duckweed. It spreads rapidly. I now scoop out netfuls of it several times a week, but it gives the shade I desire in my tank.

fishkid 09-23-2010 12:48 PM

Most planted tank forums will have sale sections. The one I go to has quite a bit of frogbit for sale at the moment.

SinCrisis 09-23-2010 01:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 477596)
Another option is to use a stem plant. My 90g is presently covered on the surface by Brazilian Pennywort. This makes an ideal floating plant, the leaves will face up at the surface, the roots will grow downward and longer, and the plant does very well.

Byron.


So it will just be a long stem with leaves left and right facing upwards with lots of roots hanging down like a curtain?

Byron 09-23-2010 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by SinCrisis (Post 477634)
So it will just be a long stem with leaves left and right facing upwards with lots of roots hanging down like a curtain?

The stems grow across the surface fairly fast, and branch out, esp if you pinch the tips off. Not just in a straight line, but curved around too. Here are a couple photos I just took of my 90g.

SinCrisis 09-23-2010 02:04 PM

ohhh... that is a great alternative, its actually better than what i had wanted for the tank. Thanks! I will look for this plant for sure.

Quick question, does duckweed get eaten quickly? I had a little bit in a tank once and then it was gone the next day, I had no surface mixing so something must have been eating it?


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