Choosing A Floating Plant - Ideas? Pros/cons?

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So I am looking to add a floating plant to my tank again. I used to have water sprite & duckweed. The first eventually failed & I got sick of the duckweed (which had been a hitchhiker anyway).
So i am looking for something new & for pros/cons to the basic low tech floating options. I am not a fan of anacharis or hornwart I don’t think (they don’t look to me like they should be floating plants).
So I am more or less trying to decide between: dwarf water lettuce, red root floaters, frog bit and (maybe) water sprite again. I have honey gourami who I am sure would appreciate a return to some surface cover. My local shops have not had any of these when I have been recently- if that matters, so I will probably be ordering online.
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I've heard great things about dwarf lettuce! I currently have salvinia in my tank, but I'm getting a little sick of it to be honest. Definitely wish I had gone with dwarf lettuce.
 

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Dwarf water lettuce. It grows like crazy and is easy to manage. If you want a lot, leave it alone and you'll get a lot of small plants. Want only a few, prune them and you can get a handful of massive plants. My biggest was about 10 inches across.
 

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SixThreeOh said:
Dwarf water lettuce. It grows like crazy and is easy to manage. If you want a lot, leave it alone and you'll get a lot of small plants. Want only a few, prune them and you can get a handful of massive plants. My biggest was about 10 inches across.
I have normal water lettuce in my tanks. It does pretty well
 
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SixThreeOh said:
Dwarf water lettuce. It grows like crazy and is easy to manage. If you want a lot, leave it alone and you'll get a lot of small plants. Want only a few, prune them and you can get a handful of massive plants. My biggest was about 10 inches across.
I like the idea of a big dwarf water lettuce with lots of roots. Can you give me an outline of how to prune it to encourage central growth?
 

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It sends out shoots to create new plants. Just cut them off when you see them.
 
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SixThreeOh said:
It sends out shoots to create new plants. Just cut them off when you see them.
Having a rough-ish evening. Maybe after kids are in bed I will indulge in a little online retail therapy of the dwarf water lettuce kind.
 
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