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    Looking for suggestions for some floating plants. I just swapped out the bulbs of my 10g hood which were 30W total for a two new ones which have a total of 80W. So a lot brighter!

    I have a tank of tetras right now (currently treating for ich), and i plan on adding pygmy corys and a dwarf gourami. I've noticed the tetras hanging out a bit more in the fake plants (all plants in tank are fake) now with the new lights.

    I know corys like a bit of shade so I am trying to find some good floating plants to just add a bit of shade as opposed to darkening the whole place.

    Link to pictures in the signature, and thanks in advance!

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    Try some Java moss! If it likes your tank you will be thinning it out weekly!My fry and fish love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernguy
    Try some Java moss! If it likes your tank you will be thinning it out weekly!My fry and fish love it!
    Java moss is a substrate-level plant? How long will it take to grow up enough to give the corys/tetras a place to hide?

    Also can I add while i'm battling ich or is it best not to? I've just got some time on my hands and my drive around and try and find some at the LFS
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    I would go with a mix of different plants.

    Java moss on the substrate can be nice as long as you keep it trimmed.

    To keep some shade in the tank you can try apons or dwarf lillies. They will block out light at the top via their leaves but not be messy to take care of (like duckweed).

    You'll probably want some dense growth plants to. Java ferns (particularly narrow leaf) makes a good hiding spot. Wisteria is also great and fast growing. If you can find them large red crypts are nice as well.

    Hope this helps. Let us know what you come up with.
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    It is possible to float java moss.
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    hmm thanks guys for the recommendations.

    i'm leaning towards doing watersprite on the surface after Nic's suggestions. I had a quick troll of the web and skim read the article and it sounds like its a good fit for what I want.

    I think ill also introduce some java moss and a java fern to add a bit more cover on the bottom too, and strip out some of the fake plants and maybe the cavey thing i got going on. Or ill tie the moss to the cavey thing.

    I just called the LFS and they said they'll get java moss in on Mondays.

    Are there any concerns with medicating the water and plants? Shall I wait or can I go ahead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz
    It is possible to float java moss.
    Really? Mine always just sinks to the bottom
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    Dwarf Water Lettuce. I have a ton if you want some.
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    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm72
    Dwarf Water Lettuce. I have a ton if you want some.
    I could be - I don't know anything about it. Is it a good fit do you think?
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    Mosses make great floating plants, but pretty much anything that can grow without being rooted does fine. I have dwarf rotala in a ten gal with stock light and its growing on the top of the water right now, ive just been throwing clipping in there. The tank is completely bare, no ferts no stock nothing

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