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amanda
5th Feb 2011, 10:25 AM
Bought some frog bit off ebay great floating plant but,, its roots are so prolific and they grow right down into the substrate so that when i thin them out they pull up and disturb the soil.
can i trim the roots off before they get too long or will it damge the plant, shrimp like it but it is a bit of a monster if i don't thin it out.
was thinking of using riccia instead just as a surface floating plant, is it hard to grow ie needs a lot of light as i just have over head led light and dont add any ferts. or co2

Danken
11th Mar 2011, 08:02 AM
I love floating plants. I trim my frog bit roots all the time and they just grow right back. If it is growing in your tank, it can be handled pretty rough and still thrive. The roots seem to be alive though don't they...if they get close to anything they grab onto it and start weaving themselves around it.

amanda
12th Mar 2011, 03:37 AM
I love floating plants. I trim my frog bit roots all the time and they just grow right back. If it is growing in your tank, it can be handled pretty rough and still thrive. The roots seem to be alive though don't they...if they get close to anything they grab onto it and start weaving themselves around it.
Hi Danken.
Yes they are very quick to grow the roots back. but they do look cool in the tank and the shrimp like to browse on the hairy roots.

Danken
14th Mar 2011, 06:19 AM
Fun with floating plants:
Above
http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp5/dankenman/P1030735.jpg
Below
http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp5/dankenman/P1030736.jpg

experiment 80 gallon tank where some extra growth used to go before it filled up completely:
http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp5/dankenman/P1030737.jpg
http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp5/dankenman/P1030740.jpg

6 gallon:
http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp5/dankenman/P1030753.jpg

Baby Guppy tanks:
http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp5/dankenman/P1030755.jpg

Stuff grows FAST. I started with a few small pieces. Now I practically have to throw it away every week. Very easy plants, and I have found if it is happy the lighting is not too critical either.

Fento
14th Mar 2011, 07:39 AM
cool pictures Danken!! I don't like riccia, because it'sfragments spreads all over the tank and it's hard to take out all of them (above all if they get tangled on moss)