Top water/Floating plants????

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I've had Oscars for a while, and I was just curious about what type of plants I could add to my aquarium. I was looking mainly for a mostly top water species of plant, actually it doesnt really matter as long as it doesn't take up alot space in my tank. Right now I have a 65 gallon. I know, I know its relatively small for an oscar tank but I will be upgrading very shortly. Anyway, it's a 65 gal compact, so its pretty roomy, despite its compact title. Right now, I have my 1 oscar, who's about 13-14 in long,he's a monster! Had him for around 3 years now. Well, I'm looking for the floating type, and maybe a few mid level plants. I don't wanna go out and buy whatever because I always like to do my research first. Crystalwort and hornwort seemed ok, kinda plain tho. Any ideas? I just don't wanna buy something and it may be poisionous to SA Cichlids. Well, thanks B)
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: Top water/Floating plants????

floating plants constantly get caught in the filter intakes in my experience. best bet is to rubberband some java fern or anarchis to a rock or driftwood. hornwort falls apart very easy

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American replied the topic: Re: Top water/Floating plants????

yea, i assumed that, they look so brittle. Great point with the filter too. What about some sort of a lilly like plant? The only thing im worried about is my oscar ruining the plants because he constantly relocates everything in my tank
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: Top water/Floating plants????

he will attack the plants. guaranteed. i have several non substrate plants that float or do not need to be bedded in substrate rubberbandrd to light rocks (just heavy enough so they dont float) so they get pushed easy and they do not break. follow what i am saying?

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American replied the topic: Re: Top water/Floating plants????

gotcha, thanx for the advice Capt Dave. :)
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: Top water/Floating plants????

no problem. welcome btw :)

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cebosound replied the topic: Re: Top water/Floating plants????

i would also think floating plants would get food trapped in them; thus leading to potential nitrate issues...

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jnet replied the topic: Re: Top water/Floating plants????

I find my oscars are fine with Java fern on driftwood they dont grow too big and look nice. If you only have a small tank then just find a small bit of driftwood.

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Graeme76 replied the topic: Re: Top water/Floating plants????

Java Fern, Bolbitus Fern & the smaller Anubius species are all good for attaching to decor in Oscar tanks. They are all low light plants & are pretty tough so Oscars don't usually do too much damage to them. Surface floating plants can't get sucked into a filter unless the filter pick up is right at the waters surface or you are talking about plants like Water Sprite or Water Wisteria which are really substrate rooting plants that can be left floating. Most common surface floating plants like Riccia & Duckweed will actually be eaten by Oscars so are not of much use unless you want to use them as a dietry supplement. A good one that I have had success with is Water Lettuce (Pista Stratiotes). Hornwort will be rapidly destroyed by an Oscar & will leave an unholy mess for you to clean up.
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