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By elaineo
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Does anyone grow aquatic plants? I have a 30 gallon water trough (for animals), and am looking for ideas on stuff to grow to help keep the water clean(er) and shaded.
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By optique
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I would recommend "salvinia minima" but in zone 9 it would be a risk to cause a ecological disaster if it got into a body of water.
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By elaineo
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I have salvinia, duckweed, azolla, and phyllanthus in my CP water trays to keep TDS down. But now I have a decent size stock tank so I wanted to try some bigger plants :)

(I do live in zone 9, but it's basically a desert here. no bodies of water to contaminate unless they jump into my bathtub.)
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By elaineo
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Yeah!! That's like what I'm hoping to have :) But I have no idea where to start. Like, can they grow in regular tap water, do they need soil at the bottom, or, uh...??
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By Carnies
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https://www.aquariadise.com/water-lily/

Seems like they need to be planted in a pot and then submerged?? Here's a good video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN-v1RR7png

Typha, Iris, Water lettuce, and Lilies. Water lettuce is banned in CA though. I found a good website that sells pond plants; https://pondmegastore.com/ They also have a good beginner page: https://pondmegastore.com/pages/water-g ... -beginners

If you get a really nice setup you could add some fish too. Hope this helps
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By elaineo
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Carnies wrote: Tue Apr 26, 2022 11:20 pm I'm guessing I'm getting into this small pond stuff as well :D :lol:
Yeah, get a pond! We can be pond buddies :D I just can't look at a tub of water without thinking I need to put plants in it.
By Sundews69
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You could try lotus flowers/plants (I don't know if you would call them plants or just flowers because I've never had them before).
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You can try water hyacinth if there's an area of water with them you can take them they're invasive plants but you can just take them from the wild.
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By eriction
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in addition to the floating plants everyone else mentions: water lettuce, salvinia cucullata, amazon frogbit, Guppy grass, and hornwort are all good options.
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