Red Root Leaves: the perfect floater plant for your aquarium

RED ROOT FLOATERS (PHYLLANTHUS FLUTIANS)

Are you looking for an easy and beautiful looking floating plant; try RED ROOT FLOATERS.

It sometimes happens that your tank gets covered with brown-algae and no matter how much you try to scrub them off, they would just keep coming back.

What will you do then? 

Yes! you are right, you will surely get an algae-eating fish, there are dozens of them in the stores out there. But what if your fish is not ready to share its tank with no other tankmates, not even with algae eater? 

LET'S GET TO BASIC

Let's start with basic, you all know what is the most common reason for growing algae in the aquarium despite up to date maintenance: too much light, too much nutrient. Well, if this is the only reason behind the outrageous growth of algae in your tank than, floating plants will be the best solution for you.

Since the floating plants grow on the top, it will easily block a lot of excess light and they love to suck up a ton of those nutrients from the water and grow a lot of leaves so you get rid of too much excess organic from your water. They also provide great enrichments and well as hiding spots for your fish.

If you have a small tank though, you might not want floating plants that will grow their long and fluffy roots into the tank, because it will take up all the swimming space from your fish, and let's are real, that might not look like very alluring to most of us.

There are a lot of jumper fish in this hobby if your tank does have one of them, then keeping a tight-fitted lid became compulsory. In that circumstance, you will have to choose a floating plant that can withstand high humidity, not the one that will melt if it gets the hot water on its leaf.

PERFECT SOLUTION

That is where the Red Root Floaters are soo perfect. They do have short red roots and then the leaves are fairly small, but that can withstand high humidity. Typically you will ee them ranging from green to pink to a red color, with tiny small flowers, in the right condition.

Red root floaters propagate by growing outside shoots i.e. additional leaves will grow on them and eventually they will break off and become separate plants. One of the best things about these floaters is that their leaves are very small, so if your tank is getting crowded by them, you can just get them out which you cannot do with some of other very very tiny floaters.

ARE YOUR LEAVES DYING OFF!

It may happen that the plant just starts dying massively and you think: What is going on? It actually might just be a float issue. So, check that the pump is not causing a lot of flow, get the one which is much gentler and quieter for these plants to sustain in the tank.

The other problem that occurs with them is; they might start getting tiny pinholes on their leaves. Well, if you don't know floating plants suck up tons of nutrients, they need a lot of food. Because they are at the top of the water, they are getting plenty of light, they get direct access to carbon dioxide from the water which they use up as building block to make up lots and lots of leaves.

But in order to make a lot of leaves, you need a lot of nutrients. In this case, pinholes might be a sign of some Nutrient deficiency.

THE LITTLE SECRET

So, the secret tip for goring a lot of Red Root Floater is tons and tons of light. If you have them in a low light situation, the leaves are going o be smaller, flatter, leaves are going to be pale green and the roots are going to be green, definitely not red.

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If you put them in a high light situation, the leaves become a lot more rigid and bumpy, they grow larger, they will turn from a green to pink to even a deep red-purple shes. You will get those famous bright red roots and if you put them outside at the brightest, in direct sunlight; the possibility is that you might be able to see the tiny little white flowers on top of them. This all looks very beautiful.

WARNING!

The warning for them would be, you don't want your floating plants to take up more than a third or half or water surface Because you need enough of surface area, that do not have floating plants for the gas exchange to occur so that enough oxygen can re-enter the tank and get to your fish.

Also, you don't want to cover all the surfaces if you have plants inside the tank because it will definitely shade them out.

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