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Raul-7
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PostPosted: 2003.09.19(Fri)13:33    Post subject: Best floating plant? Reply with quote

What's the most attractive floating plant you ever seen?
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PostPosted: 2003.09.19(Fri)15:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have one, looked like striped massive duckweed. Each leaf had spongy material underneath and was the size of a silver dollar up to a coffee lid. To this day I can't find what it was... All of it dropped dead over night after a year and a half.... best looking true floating plant I ever saw/ had.

Other nice rooted plants with floating leaves are the apogenetums.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.19(Fri)20:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Phyllanthus fluitans myself. Grows reddish under good conditions and readily produces little white, six-petaled flowers under just about any conditions.


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PostPosted: 2003.09.19(Fri)22:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is't the exact same question, but close enough.


I've noticed that the hets, although they have settled into the tank, are very nervous. Often, they all dash for cover for seemingly no reason at all. I also noticed that they were quite shy about coming into the open water in the fotn of the tank or above the growing val forest. When they come out of hiding again, they usually stick themselves under the dwarf lily pads and cower their for a while.

When they came in the mail, I noticed a small floating plan in the container, which died in a couple of days. I suspect that they were raised in a nice sized vat or pond covered with these plants. However, I would like ot still be able to receive some filtereed light to the bottom, and be able ot control the spread so they do not grow over the vals. They should be able ot stand 1.5 watts of lighting per gallon. Trailing roots and something around penny size would probably be a bonus.

Does anyone have any suggestions(besides, duckweed, of course)
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PostPosted: 2003.09.19(Fri)22:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with 2la (alhough I have not been able to turn mine red in the year that I have had it). It multiplies well and it is easy to remove from the tank when it get overcrowded. Be careful tossing out extras, I had some pencilfish lay eggs in them and luckily they hatched in my discus tank when I moved the plants over.

2la, what's the secret to getting them red. Flowering - no problem. Red - no success.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.20(Sat)3:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

My personal favorite is the water hyacinth...they have great folliage, beautiful orchidesque flowers and a nice root structure. One note though... they need lots of light and an open top. Use a metal halide pendant lamp, say 175 watts or so and enjoy the show!
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PostPosted: 2003.09.21(Sun)12:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

ddaquaria wrote:
2la, what's the secret to getting them red. Flowering - no problem. Red - no success.

Read through:
http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=4006090712&f=6606090712&m=7166006822&r=4756015922
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