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Importance: provides habitat plant for young fish, small aquatic animals, and aquatic insects
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Hi! Loved reading your articles. Lots of inspiration. I live in India, in Hyderabad. Am on a transferable job, came here just six months ago. Home is an apartment block, with fully concrete yard-cum-parking space on ground floor. Am planning to put in a few containers, just to teach my toddler how plants grow. Maybe, once he settles down to the idea of a small container garden, I can turn my hand to a small container aquatic garden. If we visit Melbourne someday, may we visit your forest garden? Best regards, Anindita
Close-up of the small aquatic plants that cover some of the swamp waters atLoxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
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Anubias a very easy, low-light plant that requires little care. This has made it one of the most popular aquarium plants available. Because the most common variety, Anubias barteri, can grow quite large, you may want to go for one of its smaller cousins for a nano planted aquarium: Anubias nana. This ‘dwarf’ version has smaller leaves and more compact growth, which means it shouldn’t outgrow your nano tank anytime soon. Just tie it to some rock or driftwood and it will do great in a wide variety of water values and conditions. You can buy Anubias nana online .
You can find a full Anubias caresheet . Common Free Floating Aquatic Plants; small duckweed, giant duckweed and watermeal.
Photo provided by FlickrA small aquatic plant that floats on the waters surface in dense colonies.
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First up are the free-floating plants. Thanks to their rapid growth rate, free-floating plants can quickly cover the entire surface of a lake or pond. In this group, watermeal, duckweed and water fern are common in Missouri. These plants are typically viewed as a nuisance by lake users, and managers work hard to eradicate them. Watermeal is similar in shape to duckweed, though individual plants are much smaller and have no hanging roots. Water fern has hanging roots, can be green or red in appearance, and has multiple small overlapping leaves. Both water fern and duckweed are capable of taking nitrogen from the atmosphere and converting it into usable nutrient form (nitrate). Like soybeans and clover on land, water fern and duckweed "fix nitrogen" thanks to a symbiotic relationship with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). Because of this feature, rice farmers will often introduce these small aquatic plants to their paddies as a natural fertilizer source. Aquatic plants can be annoying to people who are fishing or boating, but they are important to a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Small fish use aquatic plants as habitat to hide from predators. Naturally, predators like to hunt among aquatic plants, thus making "weed beds" prime fishing structures. Aquatic plants can consume nutrients and shade lake surfaces, thereby inhibiting algae growth. They can also be beautiful to look at. You can have too much of a good thing, though, and many aquatic plant species are capable of taking over a lake, making fishing, boating and swimming nearly impossible. In some situations, weed control becomes necessary. Then it's time to call in the professionals.How do I control floating plants in my pond?
This depends on the species of plant. Small free floating plants such as duckweed, watermeal, and mosquito fern can be controlled by stocking the pond with tilapia at a rate of 400 fingerlings per acre. They are very difficult to control by mechanical or manual harvesting, but there are several herbicides that can be effective. Larger free-floating plants such as waterhyacinth and waterlettuce can be harvested, but they are not eaten by tilapia or triploid grass carp. Trailing floating plants are not controlled well by fish. They can be controlled by persistent manual removal, but fragmenting the plants might cause new populations to establish in other parts of the system. They can be controlled using a variety of aquatic herbicides. Submersed floating-leaved plants can only be controlled by dredging or herbicides. Several herbicides are useful for controlling floating plants and, if applied according to the label, will not impair the aquatic environment. If herbicides are necessary to control floating plants in stormwater ponds, the community should contract a licensed applicator to apply the herbicides. Residents and HOA Board Members should NOT apply herbicides to stormwater ponds, rather they should contract a lake management company that is licensed to apply aquatic herbicides. Commercial herbicide applicators must be licensed and insured and should possess the necessary knowledge and equipment to make the applications effective and safe. When seeking a lake management company, consider using one that is a certified Master Pond Manager.Aside from this both ferns have a rhizome at their base and can be glued or attached to wood or hard scape within the aquarium. They do not or should not be placed in the substrate as they will rot away. Java ferns are very tolerant of all kinds of water conditions. They are also very tolerant of lower light levels. This makes the Java Fern a perfect solution for the beginner wanting to try freshwater plants. Java ferns are inexpensive and can often be purchased in a range of sizes for small aquariums or larger aquariums. Java Ferns will not require any liquid fertiliser supplements or plant specific substrates.