Phyllantus fluitans Portion (Red root floater)

  • Dimensions: Maximum height out of water 5cm
  • Model: P2022115 5006
  • Origin: South America
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The Phyllantus Fluitans portion is an appealing and attractive floating fern that will grow quickly if given plenty of good light and nutrition. It will naturally multiply and spread on the top of the water. Belonging to the spurge family which primarily consists of desert plants however over the years the Phyllantus Fluitans has completely adapted to a different environment.

Ideal for open top aquariums where the beautiful red colours are shown off (especially with high light). The leaves are fairly small and green on one side and pink/red on the other side.

This is a free floating aquatic plant with long attractive roots that hang and flow below it which is ideal for tanks with fry as the long roots offer protection and shelter.This plant will need maintaining if you have other aquatic plants below it as it may block out light to them.
Light trimming may be required to stop the over-shadowing of other plants.

It is ideal in open-top aquariums or tanks with good ventilation otherwise the leaves may dry up under the lights.

This plant is not keen on being splashed with water so avoid placing them from a swift water flow or current.

Note: this plant is harvested so when it arrives with you it's lots of smaller pieces not joined together - quite normal as they grow quickly.



by Lina M. on 4/1/2019

didn't survive 6 days shipment.

by Kathy W. on 19/12/2018

The plant arrived in perfect condition and delivery was very prompt. I would definitely use Aqua Essentials again in the future.

by Louise K. on 28/8/2018

Generous portion which arrived in great condition.

by Bradford S. on 25/5/2018

They arrived all squashed and crunched up in a bag and just floated around in clumps and then slowly died off

by Amie P. on 5/2/2018

Lovely plant when I picked all of the dead bunches out. Wouldnt buy this product again though as it was completely snail infested!

by JULIE W. on 27/7/2017

Arrived ok after a slight delay because of a problem with the carrier sorting centre, but did not really make it in the tank after so I had to remove it. I would think this could be a nice useful plant under the right circumstances.

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What nutrition is needed to be given to this plant?


Very little to be honest!

What is your fav? Salvinia or Phyllantus?


Haha. Salvinia!

do you sell a plant called duck weed or is this it?thanks


We don't - you really don't want duck were in your tank. It's extremely invasive and hard to remove.

Would this be safe in a terrapin tank. Chances are he's going to try and eat it and I don't want to introduce a poisonous plant to his home.


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