Best floating plant

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by FallenOwl, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    I want a floating plant for my 29g covered tank that has all of these components

    Has long, thin roots
    Can take a medium-high current
    Can stand medium-high lighting
    Won't take over the entire surface (duckweed)
    Doesn't mind my dwarf gourami nibbling on it from time to time (to make his bubble nests)

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2016
  2. Protim Sarkar

    Protim SarkarWell Known MemberMember

    Water sprite can be grown planted on the bottom or floating free .It is very easy to grow.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2016
  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

  4. OP

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    I was thinking something like amazon frogbit, but I tried them and they don't seem to like the current from my filter.
  5. katiemorrison94

    katiemorrison94Valued MemberMember

    I heard water wisteria is a good floating plant!

  6. OP

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

  7. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    Water lettuce tends to stay small in indoor tanks. It does eventually take over the surface if you don't thin it out, but the same could be said of most floaters. As others mentioned, wisteria and water sprite are good options as well. I like red root floaters the best personally.
  8. bigdreams

    bigdreamsWell Known MemberMember

    It should be ok. I have some in my 55 gallon tank. Roots got a foot long at one point, when I had little flow across the top. Then I had to medicate tank so increased the flow, added carbon, and hasn't grown as quickly or with long roots either. Now roots are a couple of inches long.
  9. OP

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Will water wisteria, water sprite, and/or red root floaters Thrive with a High flow?
    Also, I want roots or leafs (preferably roots) that will hang down at least 4" (preferably more)
    I just don't want to go buy more plants to have them die/not grow in my tank. :)
  10. OP

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Another question (sorry)
    I saw somewhere that penny wort could be grown floating? Is that right?
  11. JustaJokerNew MemberMember

    Yes, pennywort can be grown floating and rooted.
  12. OP

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    (When floating) can I just cut pieces of it off (when it starts to get too tall/long)?
  13. JustaJokerNew MemberMember

    Yeah you can, in fact I'm pretty sure trimming is encouraged as the plant grows back brand new growth, it's just generally good for the plant. Plus it keeps things nice and tidy.
  14. OP

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Is there anything that grows as fast as duckweed (or close to) but is bigger? Not that I'm not getting the pennywort and don't like your suggestions, I was just looking at different options
  15. GemNew MemberMember

    I made a little ring out of airline tubing for my frogbit to deflect the flow. Now i have Frogbit-Palooza!
  16. GemNew MemberMember

    Water lettuce is great but it needs an open cover or lower the water line. I have 5 in my 75 and they are doing great. I also mist them twice a day to keep it humid as possible
  17. Aquaphobia

    AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    How about Salvinia natans?
  18. Happy1234New MemberMember

    I have a couple of cabombas(rooted) in my Asian tank and they grow super fast(reached the surface in a month or so), can stand flow and can stand the lighting. Will that work for you or you need a floating plant?
  19. OP

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    This is perfect
    I love the look and the roots, thank you
    I'm actually looking for a floating plant for this tank, but this seems like a good plant for my new Quarantine tank

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