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Old 02-28-2011, 12:06 PM   #1 
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Looking for live floating plants

Hello all,

I'm looking for some live, floating plants to add to my fish tanks. Something small, like the picture shown below. I'm not sure what type of plant that is and if there is even such a plant that would be appropriate for a Betta tank with warm water/low light conditions. Something that is hardy and doesn't require a lot of care would be nice... perhaps that's just wishful thinking. =P In addition, I don't even know if a floating plant like that would be advised since they're surface breathers. If any of you have suggestions on plant type or even where I could order such plants, that would be great!

Thanks for the help!

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In this video (beautiful tank btw) there are some floating plants that I'd be interested in also. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LubYMbtL23E

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Old 02-28-2011, 12:07 PM   #2 
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:49 PM   #3 
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The first picture is duckweed, It will grow like crazy in warm sunny days. It can grow in lower light but they will spread slower. I have some in my betta tank, just don't let it mat the tank and your betta will do fine. I'm letting my duckweed cover about 25% or less of my surface area.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:57 PM   #4 
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Yeah, I'm not a fan of duckweed. It grows wild around here and always makes me think of dirty scummy ponds. I accidentally have some in my Betta tank (it hitchhiked) and it is growing like crazy. I started with 1 piece a month ago and now have about 10.

What was suggested to me was Water Wisteria. It may not be as small and low profile as you like but my Bettas LOVE the stuff, as do my frogs and shrimp. It isn't high maintenance but it looks very nice floating. And it drops these roots that look kinda cool too.

Another suggestion is Frogbit. It can be hard to find but it is similar to duckweed but larger. Somewhere between duckweed and lilly pads.

The plant in the video is Baby's Tears. I don't have experience with it but I've read it grows very fast and in a variety of conditions from full aquatic to semi aquatic to planted in a garden.

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Old 02-28-2011, 03:24 PM   #5 
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Duckweed may be your easiest bet. Some people have so much they will sometimes just give the stuff away. Personally I have a little bit and it does not spread very much for me at all so I like it... actually wish I had more so I could give some away.

Frogbit and water lettuce are also very pretty but larger.
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Thanks for your help, I'll check those recommendations out right away. :)
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My Buddy has so many floaters in his tank that I can prob get you a sandwhichbag STUFFED full of it. Red Root floaters, Amazon Frobgit, Duckweek, Water Spangles. Let me know
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:19 AM   #8 
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My Buddy has so many floaters in his tank that I can prob get you a sandwhichbag STUFFED full of it. Red Root floaters, Amazon Frobgit, Duckweek, Water Spangles. Let me know
Awesome, I sent you a PM. Thanks ^^
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:39 AM   #9 
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I have water wisteria and love it. The floating down make for a really neat looking scene!
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