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WhistlingBadger
01-03-2017, 04:08 PM
Hi, all. I am pondering getting one of these species for my new Orinoco tank. Probably don't have room for both. They both look like they'd work, and both seem readily available on ebay, so I might just come down to flipping a coin. Anybody have personal experience with either or both of these? What's your opinion?

AmazonJoe
01-03-2017, 04:11 PM
I think red roots are more attractive my opinion

Rocksor
01-03-2017, 04:12 PM
Seems harder to keep than frog-bit, needs absolutely still water..

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/33-plants/140369-whats-trick-red-root-floater.html

Boundava
01-03-2017, 04:54 PM
I can say that frogbit is very productive and you get some nice roots from it without the fussiness of the red roots. Did your floater die off?

AmazonJoe
01-03-2017, 05:24 PM
Frogbit does reproduce super quick im at point where I keep needing to remove some so it doesn't cut out to much light.

WhistlingBadger
01-03-2017, 06:30 PM
Thanks for all the advice...


I can say that frogbit is very productive and you get some nice roots from it without the fussiness of the red roots. Did your floater die off?
All the floaters in my 55 have died off, even the duck weed! Not sure why...water movement at the surface increased greatly when I took out the val, so I suspect that's what did them in.

Slaphppy7
01-03-2017, 07:16 PM
You killed duckweed?

You deserve a medal.

Boundava
01-03-2017, 07:28 PM
Wish that would work for me, I have duckweed in higher flow tanks and it does nothing to the darn to the duckweed.

Boundava
01-03-2017, 07:49 PM
:doh: if you can't tell by the above (messed up) post, boss is back in town.



Wish that would work for me, I have duckweed in higher flow tanks and it does nothing to the darn to the duckweed.

Silbar
01-03-2017, 07:51 PM
You killed duckweed?

You deserve a medal.

I was going to gift you a medal but it looks like Matt beat me to it!!!

WhistlingBadger
01-03-2017, 07:51 PM
Ha ha ha I thought you were just being poetic.

Boundava
01-03-2017, 08:58 PM
Nope just twitchy and too fast to hit enter without checking my post.

madagascariensis
01-03-2017, 11:39 PM
Personal experience growing both.


Red root floater pros
- much prettier than frogbit
- less invasive
- unobtrusive roots

Red rot floater cons
- harder to keep happy, needs high light to stay red
- low buoyancy and righting ability, need still water or won't thrive

frogbit pros
- tolerate greater water disturbance
- easy to keep alive

cons
- roots get everywhere and love to get sucked into filter intakes
- fast growing

Boundava
01-04-2017, 01:34 PM
See I like the long roots of the frogbit better than the red roots.

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WhistlingBadger
01-04-2017, 02:39 PM
Well, maybe I'll just wait until the tank is filled, see how much water movement I have (I've never set up a tank like this, so I'm not sure), and decide then. Thanks for the info.

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