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Eolith 10-27-2010 02:29 PM

So I'm in college doing biology and we were doing a few experiments with duckweed (fooling with nitrogen and phosphorus levels and so on). By the end of the experiment I had some nice healthy duckweed left over. I sort of like the way it looks and I think it would look neat in my aquarium... but would it be a bad idea to throw it in?

I've got a divided ten gallon tank with two bettas in it. It's very well filtered and I change water weekly. I don't have any other live plants in the tank at the moment.

So would it hurt anything to put the duckweed in the tank? I know that it might or might not live, considering I'm not a great botanist or anything.

kitten_penang 10-27-2010 03:05 PM

you'd be surprised.duckweed is considered a pest to aquarist. that means it's a very fast grower and a non picky plant when it comes to aquarium params

Eolith 10-27-2010 03:09 PM

Hm, so does that mean that it will or will not harm my aquarium? I'm okay if it's hardy enough to survive without much maintenance on my part (that would be a good thing actually), but it wouldn't pose any risk to my fish would it?

kitten_penang 10-27-2010 03:17 PM

no risk. most of the time it grows and cover the top part of the tank.just scoop out some if it covers too much of the top.

Eolith 10-27-2010 03:18 PM

Cool, thanks!

kitten_penang 10-27-2010 03:27 PM

your welcome.

Byron 10-27-2010 06:36 PM

You can read info on this plant in the plant profile, second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top of the screen, or click on the name when it is shaded in posts; example: Duckweed. As kitten said, it is a common (too common for some aquarists:-)) aquarium plant.

Blaxicanlatino 11-03-2010 07:23 PM

ive found that some fish even eat it, such as goldfish. IF it grows outta control then you can probably sell it to your local local fish store

kitten_penang 11-04-2010 06:58 AM

goldfishes and some carps eat anything lol

SinCrisis 11-04-2010 01:50 PM

you want to make sure it doesnt take up too much of ur surface since bettas need to breath air occasionally.

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