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Thread: Floating Plants

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    Are there any easy to grow, low-light, no fert or CO2 needing floating plants out there?

    Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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    most floating plants are quite hardy.
    IME easiest to hardest(although all still are easy to care for)

    - duckweed, common
    - salvinia auriculata
    - frogbit
    - hornwort
    - duckwed, giant
    - phyllanthus fluitans red root floater

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    Great, let me check those out...thanks for the quick reply madagascariensis!
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    I would advise being careful with duckweed... it's one of those that you probably will never be able to get rid of...

    If you go with a floater make sure its a bigger leaf that can be easy to remove if you want too.

    I have hornwort and its great

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    I was JUST reading about that, Hardy85..some people have regretted putting it in their tank, it takes over completely...

    I was also reading about water agitation, and how some plants don't fair with it very well...we use an airstone inside one of our decoration, so there IS a bit of agitation, but not much...

    The reason I'm looking into floater plants is two-fold...one is that the top of the tank looks a bit "empty", or plain, and the other is since my tank is lightly planted on the bottom, my new RCS from korith seem to be hiding in the decorations, we rarely see them...was hoping maybe they'd be a bit more visible if they had floating plants to cling to, and hide in...
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    I would agree avoid duckweed, it is extremely tough to get rid of once it enters your tank. A single petal or two can turn into hundreds and cover the surface of your tank in a few weeks.

    My floating plants of choice are usually dwarf water lettuce or frogbit. They are easy to manage and grow easily.

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    The frogbit and red root floaters are nice, they are about the size of a nickel to quarter so they can be removed without too much trouble

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    Thanks guys, let me do a bit more research on your suggestions...I would like something that is the least MESSY, too....saw something on hornwort that the leaves will shed and litter the substrate (?)

    Also, what does "melting" refer to?
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    The most tolerant floater in regards to agitation would be frogbit.

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    Thanks again....I've been reading about, and am leaning towards, the dwarf water lettuce
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