Red root floater - Algae preventer

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  • Model: 5006
  • Origin: Cultivated
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The Phyllanthus 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. If you have a hood in your tank, don't use this plant as it will melt. Instead try Salvinia natans.

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. It's also kept in water so there's a chance of snails.

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by Eddie F.
Not great had to throw away after a couple of days as they were in really bad condition. I have replaced it with the same species from anothor retailer and they are flourishing.


Sorry to read this - I assume they arrived in great condition? They travel well. What they won't tolerate is humidity so if you have a closed top tank they become saturated and sink. They need an open-top tank to flourish.

by David R.
The plant itself was fine but didn't take to my tank and after a while I had to remove it. I think I have too much surface water movement to suit this plant.


You may well have done - we keep ours very still and it's happy like that. Make sure it doesn't get moist either - the leaves need to be dry at all times.

by Kevin K.
Only gave them 5 stars because I know they always supply great plants but unfortunately these plants were ordered just before bank holiday so was 4 days before I received them and when I opened container you could smell they had started to deteriorate ,put them in tank but they did not come back and all died.

by Lorraine J.
Arrived nice and healthy, did find one snail on the side of the pot, but only found the one. Arrived on time and without delay. Would order again.

by Aaron H.
Good condition plant, doing well in my tank

by Miss P.
Plants were well packaged and look very healthy in my tank. However it is still too early, nearly a week on, to know if they will sort out my problem with algae,

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Hello How big are the portions and do they come with roots. The reason I ask is I bought some of this elsewhere and received a few leaves with no roots and they just died in both tanks I put them in.


Little roots if any. See description for details.

Portion size is loose golf ball.

Are they tropical?



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