View Full Version : Good floating plant for noob plant keeper

12-30-2010, 09:20 PM
What is a good floating plant to put in my 20 gallon to provide cover for my fry? I don't want one that is hard to care for. I have never kept a live plant in my tank before, so keep that in mind. :22:

Michael Milligan
12-30-2010, 10:02 PM
Salvinia. There are a number of species. Check at the LFS to see what they have. You only need a few, they grow quickly!

Also Horwart. It has lots of fine leaves and will grow in a big mat at the surface if you let it.

12-30-2010, 10:07 PM
Floating plants like dwarf water lettuce, or frogbit are fairly easy to keep. Easy to cleanup as well, not like duckweed. Hornwort is good too. All those should be fine even under stock lighting.

12-31-2010, 06:22 AM
Najas is easier to grow under a regular FL strip light than hornwort. Frogbit or water lettuce require plenty of light and the roots aren't as effective for cover as a mass of Najas or hornwort.