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johnnyjiron 09-30-2010 12:21 PM

floating plants
Hey guys, I need some advice on which floating plant to get. My ph in my tanks are 6.8 and temperature around 77-78f.

I have mostly tetras.


sik80 09-30-2010 12:49 PM

pennywort, wisteria and amazon frogbit are options. Depends which you like the appearance of and what you can get hold of really

johnnyjiron 09-30-2010 01:11 PM

I forgot to mention. I have a single t5ho bulb 6700k for light.:-)

sik80 09-30-2010 01:25 PM

those i've listed should be fine and will grow quickly

LisaC144 10-01-2010 08:37 AM

I have Amazon Frogbit growing in my 120g. I like it a lot but it can be hard to come by. Another great floater that I have is Pennywort. What's nice about this plant is that it can be grown as floating or in the gravel. Either way, it has a nice appearance and my fish love it.

johnnyjiron 10-01-2010 09:27 AM

between frogbit and pennywort which one is easier to keep?

sik80 10-01-2010 09:32 AM

i seem to remember byron saying he had some problems with growing frogbit. Pennywort seems to grow fast and easy for most people. I ordered pennywort online and it arrived almost dead - it took a while to recover but is growing well now

LisaC144 10-01-2010 09:33 AM

I would say Pennywort. That stuff is basically fool-proof. And like I said before, you can buy a bunch and plant some in the gravel and leave some to float. This stuff grows FAST. I like to plant some inthe gravel and let it reach the surface and float across the top too.

johnnyjiron 10-01-2010 09:39 AM

to use pennywort as a floating plant I just put in the water and let it float? or do I have to cut it a certain way?

LisaC144 10-01-2010 10:32 AM

Nope, just plop it right in the water and you're done. As it grows long, you can snip it anywhere on the plant to make another plant (to float or bury in the gravel).

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