A good floating plant for 29 gallon?

babykitten

Ive got a 29 gallon with corys, endlers, and a honey gourami. Plus shrimp and snails. I got a couple red root floaters and they promptly died. What might be a better floating plant? I just dont want duckweed since im guessing it would clog my filter.
 

RayClem

Red root floaters are nice plants, but they do require high lighting to maintain the red color. I have some in my tanks.

Two of the easiest plants to grow are: water sprite and water wisteria. They are stem plants that can be planted in the substrate or left floating. I use them both ways. The two plants are similar in appearance, but water wisteria grows a single stem while water sprite grows several stems branching out from the base. They can be propigated in two ways. One is that the mother plants will often grow baby plants. These baby plants can be broken off and grown separately. Also, since these are stem plants, they develop roots at nodes along the length of the stem. You can use scissors to cut the stem below the node and either plant the roots in the substrate or leave them floating. I started with a couple of each plant and now have six aquariums stocked with both water sprite and water wisteria. One of my original water sprite plants is rooted and has grown to be about 25" tall and about a foot in diameter. If it grows to big for your tank, just prune it back and give the clippings away to your fishkeeping friends.

Since you have Endlers in your tank, you are likely to have babies sooner or later. Water sprite and water wisteria have leaves ideal for providing hiding places for the fry. I have a couple of platys in a 55 gallon community tank with my original plants. I now have about 50 juveniles ranging from 1/4" to 1 1/2" that survived being eaten due to the protection offered by the plants.
 
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babykitten

Red root floaters are nice plants, but they do require high lighting to maintain the red color. I have some in my tanks.

Two of the easiest plants to grow are: water sprite and water wisteria. They are stem plants that can be planted in the substrate or left floating. I use them both ways. The two plants are similar in appearance, but water wisteria grows a single stem while water sprite grows several stems branching out from the base. They can be propigated in two ways. One is that the mother plants will often grow baby plants. These baby plants can be broken off and grown separately. Also, since these are stem plants, they develop roots at nodes along the length of the stem. You can use scissors to cut the stem below the node and either plant the roots in the substrate or leave them floating. I started with a couple of each plant and now have six aquariums stocked with both water sprite and water wisteria. One of my original water sprite plants is rooted and has grown to be about 25" tall and about a foot in diameter. If it grows to big for your tank, just prune it back and give the clippings away to your fishkeeping friends.

Since you have Endlers in your tank, you are likely to have babies sooner or later. Water sprite and water wisteria have leaves ideal for providing hiding places for the fry. I have a couple of platys in a 55 gallon community tank with my original plants. I now have about 50 juveniles ranging from 1/4" to 1 1/2" that survived being eaten due to the protection offered by the plants.
Ive always liked the way water sprite looks. I think ill try that next as my water wisteria died thank you
 
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Theulli

I have had excellent luck with Elodea. It grows quickly, but not so fast that it takes over your aquarium, it's got a cool look to it, and you seldom even have to trim it because if it gets too long a piece breaks and both pieces then continue to grow.
 
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Mudminnow

In addition to the plants already mentioned, I've had good luck with salvinia and frog bit. Riccia might also be worth a try.
 
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Papasmerf73

I tried hornwort but it didn't acclimate all that well, shed all over as it got used to the new tank, and didn't float all that well at first. Now it seems to be doing a little better. I love anacharis or elodea. It grows like crazy and stretches all over the top of the tank. Some is planted, some I let just float, not rooted. Hope this helps. Oh, and frogbit which I LOVE.
 
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Bluejay010101

Red root floaters are nice plants, but they do require high lighting to maintain the red color. I have some in my tanks.

Two of the easiest plants to grow are: water sprite and water wisteria. They are stem plants that can be planted in the substrate or left floating. I use them both ways. The two plants are similar in appearance, but water wisteria grows a single stem while water sprite grows several stems branching out from the base. They can be propigated in two ways. One is that the mother plants will often grow baby plants. These baby plants can be broken off and grown separately. Also, since these are stem plants, they develop roots at nodes along the length of the stem. You can use scissors to cut the stem below the node and either plant the roots in the substrate or leave them floating. I started with a couple of each plant and now have six aquariums stocked with both water sprite and water wisteria. One of my original water sprite plants is rooted and has grown to be about 25" tall and about a foot in diameter. If it grows to big for your tank, just prune it back and give the clippings away to your fishkeeping friends.

Since you have Endlers in your tank, you are likely to have babies sooner or later. Water sprite and water wisteria have leaves ideal for providing hiding places for the fry. I have a couple of platys in a 55 gallon community tank with my original plants. I now have about 50 juveniles ranging from 1/4" to 1 1/2" that survived being eaten due to the protection offered by the plants.
I just added ws to my tank, and so glad to see this! I read some conflicting info on them. They look so pretty in any tank. I love that lacey look, and they fill out empty spots nicely.
I love water lettuce and salvania minima. I cull them each week. And at times take out half but they bounce right back during the week.
 
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babykitten

Thank you to everyone who responded! All the plants you mentioned look so cool. Ive got three tanks so I'm going to slowly try as many of these plants as i can and see what works
 
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RayClem

Thank you to everyone who responded! All the plants you mentioned look so cool. Ive got three tanks so I'm going to slowly try as many of these plants as i can and see what works

Having multiple tanks is great. I suggest starting with only a few plants, whichever you choose. Then as they multiply you can stock all three tanks for the price of one.
 
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jmaldo

I like Amazon Frogbit, once established they grow long hanging roots.
Plan on trying Red root floaters eventually.

Good Luck, with your choice.
 
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babykitten

Having multiple tanks is great. I suggest starting with only a few plants, whichever you choose. Then as they multiply you can stock all three tanks for the price of one.
Im planning to start with anacharis first since that plant is easiest to get. Im going to do one plant at a time as to not break the bank. Then ill do water sprite since I really like the look of that.
 
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