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Eshnon 05-03-2011 12:53 AM

Floating Aquarium Plants Needed!
Just as the title suggests... I am looking for floating aquarium plants! Something colorful (maybe flowers), but something that is small and bunches up like Duckweed. Sadly I'm having a hard time finding floating plants in general and Duckweed is the only one I've found that meets my interests. For my 75g, im trying to establish half the tank's water surface in floating plants and some kind of Lily (Nymphaea Rubra) and the other half of my tank with brighter light. I would not like something that grows like crazy tho.. If you know of a plant that is good for hiding fry.. that would be most appreciated!!

Rip 05-03-2011 06:52 PM

many stem plants can be used as floating plants, such as anacharis and water wisteria. the wisteria floats on it's own. the anacharis might sink slightly, and to keep it from moving around in the water, i pinch the tip of the stem under the tank's hood to hold it in place. water sprite is another popular floating plant, although i've never been able to find it locally. wisteria is my favorite floater. in fact, that's the plant floating in my avatar.

SomeDudeAtHome 05-03-2011 08:28 PM

Look at the frogbit profile on this website. It's similar to duckweed in the way it looks and floats and does flower. I've been interested in trying it myself. You said you wanted something the doesn't grow like crazy though and duckweed multiplies pretty quickly. It is incredibly small but does grow quick.

Byron 05-04-2011 12:41 PM

There are floating plants in our profiles, under the "floating plant" section. Also, many stem plants work as mentioned already. One of my favs for this is Brazilian Pennywort, also in the profiles under stem plants [or click the shaded name].

As for flowering lily, that is not at all easy in the aaquarium. The tiger lotus (red and green varieties) will flower but as noted in the profile it takes some effort.

SinCrisis 05-04-2011 12:41 PM

frogbits a lot larger than duckweed though. One leaf is several leaves of duckweed... also, the roots get much longer than duckweed roots.

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