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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all, I'm mostly a beginner at planted tanks, I've only worked with java fern and anubias for a short time. Im thinking of trying water wisteria and a bit of water lettuce in most of my tanks with the anubias and java fern that i already have.. i use only gravel substrate, the water temps stay at about 80 F and about 7.8 alkalinity.. the LED lights i have on my 10 gal tanks are in the low wattage, not sure exactly what strength, they came attached to the tank lids. Should the wisteria and lettuce work with everything? Should i get better lighting? I know I'll probably need root tabs for the wisteria. Advice would be appreciated..

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 04:18 AM
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Wisteria is said to require a PH of between 6.5 and 7.5 with water temps of 78-82 degrees. However I have found this plant to grow and thrive in the water conditions you have in your tank. The use of plant tabs is highly recommended.

As far as the water lettuce the soil requirements are are a mix of loam and sand with water temps between 66 and 72 degrees. So I don't think this plant will do well in your tank. If your looking for a foreground plant that grows well and you can maintain by pruning I have used Crested Java fern in a few of my tanks. It does not grow at the same rate Java Fern does and you can maintain this plant by pruning.

Another Idea for foreground is Moss. Java moss is easy to grow and stays in a very low carpet. Christmas moss is another that is easy to grow and doesn't require higher lighting or any other special considerations. PH requirements are 5.5 to 7.5 water temp of 80 degrees is fine.
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Old dog, thank u for confirming about the wisteria. I see water lettuce probably wont work.. i was thinking about the lettuce bcuz i wanted a floating plant to give the bettas a little cover while they are at the water surface. Know of anything floaty like the lettuce that should work for me?
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Water Lettuce is usually floated. I've used it in many of my tanks. That or Frogbit. I hate Duckweed as it can take over and get into your filter and any little crack or crevice.

FWIW, you can keep floating plants in specified areas by using floating rings. I think they can be made out of airline tubing connected back to itself. But someone else can tell you for sure.

A bit of advice: Let any stem plant float until it begins to develop roots. I am a lover of the "bunch" look so I weight the plants down (basically same as floating) and let them root themselves. Never try to plan Hornwort as it does not grow viable roots.

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Like Russell said Frogbit is a good floating plant and most bunch plants do a really nice job for top cover. Hornwort is a great floating plant ( just don't try and plant it.) I am floating some scarlet ludwigia in one of my tanks to help with flow control. and it is soon time to prune it and I'll have some for another tank to start the same process, That's what's nice about bunch plants. they grow fast and you can prune them and use them in other tanks. They are basic plants that don't require much in the way of care. Most are low light plants.
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I would say be wary about the frogbit. It doesn't like its leaves getting wet and will rot quickly despite wiping down the leaves and the addition of fertilizer. Perhaps start with some larger rooted plants that curve up to cover the surface?
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As Caelth has said for Frogbit the tops of the leaves must not get wet or stay wet for very long. If they do they will rot. It seems like a good floating plant as long as there is no canopy or top on the tank or anywhere spray from aeration will collect on top of the leaves. Another good plant for floating is water sprite. Hardy and fast growing
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Thanks for all the info! Yeah i think duckweed and frogbit are not much option for me.. duckweed would be too messy for me and frogbit probably would not work for me since i keep lids on all tanks and they do drip perspiration a lot. What do you guys mean by 'bunch' plants??
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No floating plants like Dwarf Water Lettuce, Frog Bit, etc., tolerates getting its surface wet.

Stem plants are just that, stemmy. They do not have center points like Swords or Crypts; nor do they have rhizomes like Anubias or Java Fern.

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Oh, i didnt know all the 'lily pad' looking type plants cant get wet on top. Uh, are bunch plants and stem plants the same thing?
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