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Old 05-27-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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Duckweed.....

I am new to live plants and would love some info on Duckweed. I really like the looks of it and, from what I understand, it grows in massive numbers. Is this hard to control in a tank ? Can it over take a tank ? Does it always float on the surface, no roots ?

Should I or shouldn't I ?

Thanks so much...
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Old 05-27-2007, 08:24 PM   #2
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The answer to all of your questions is yes. The only answer that is negative is that if it were me, I'd leave it out of my tank.
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Do not put that stuff in your tank. I fight an almost daily battle with the stuff.
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Re: Duckweed.....

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I am new to live plants and would love some info on Duckweed. I really like the looks of it and, from what I understand, it grows in massive numbers.
Yes

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Is this hard to control in a tank ?
Yes - Unless you happen to have a fish that eats it.

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Can it over take a tank ?
Yes - It will take over your tank unless you have fish that eat it or are really stubborn about removing it at least every water change or are lucky enough to have a tank it doesn't like.

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Does it always float on the surface, no roots ?
Yes and No - Yes it always floats unless it gets tangled in another plant, however it does have roots.

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Should I or shouldn't I ?
You shouldn't - Unless you're planning on using it to feed a fish. There are several other species of floating plants that are much prettier and easier to control.
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:31 AM   #5
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I believe jazzy wants to do fancy goldfish, and I think those eat duckweed, yes? Someone please chime in. I think she might be able to keep it in check if she's got some goldies to mow it.
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:52 AM   #6
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I also think duckweed looks kind of neat in moderation, but given the chance it will take the place over like a pushy in-law. Which by itself isn't the end of the world until it starts clogging your filter and stuff like that...

I don't know if goldies eat the stuff. I kind of expect that they would...
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Goldies, 'bows, and I believe rosy barbs will eat it. Usually eat all of it though. Farm it in a bucket if you want to have it as feed.
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I could never build up enough to keep my goldfish from polishing it all off, leaving nothing available.
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:09 AM   #9
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Thank you so much, everyone. I think I will leave duckweed off the menu. Purrbox mentioned other floating plants that are pretty and easier than duckweed. Can anyone tell me what they are ?

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Here's a pretty comprehensive list of floating plants over on PlantGeek. I'm enjoying Red Root Floater, Riccia, and Dwarf Riccia at the moment.
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Thank you so much.... I have ordered Riccia but couldn't locate the other plants you have. The PlantGeek site is terrific !
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