Originally Posted by charliegill110
I already have floaters but yes my betta is quite excited about the surface cover. I was floating some fat wisteria which extended half way down the tank and my betta was PUMPED
I would like to plant the hornwort though to give room to my real floaters. The hornwort came weighted and I didn't know it was a weight and threw it away. Do you think I can just put a rock on top of it to hold it down? Or should I let it float until it gets roots?
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There are two types of hornwort, demersum and submersum. I have tried both, at Russell's suggestion, within the last couple of months.
I am afraid you would have to check with an online plant index (or Russell) to clarify which plant is which, but one is tough and beautiful in my tank, growing fast. The other was a total waste of space, shed needles everywhere on arrival, was half the size, and I chucked it within a week when I got tired of cleaning up after it.
Neither of them grow any roots.
The good grower has gone from 5 x 6 inch strands floating in my 12 inch cube betta tank, to covering the surface with a beautiful lace effect within 3 weeks
. The strands are 3 x the length they were, non shedding, gently filtering but not blocking the light. Exquisite plant. Valentine loves all floating plants, but he is making particularly good use of this one as a couch, dining table and maze.
When I do a water change later today, I will be cutting it back by 2 thirds. One third will be chucked. one third will stay in the tank, and the last third will transfer into my 57litre, where it will make much less mess than the disintegrating Hornwort that was there until yesterday.
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