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 Jason M.
I ordered some Red Root Floaters from Aqua Essentials and once again they came on time well packaged and full of life well done Aqua Essential.

by Simon W.
Looking good in the tank not trun red yet

by Paul w.
Was dead, added to two different tanks. Totally deceased plant, not impressed tbh I feel it might have been a shipping and handling issue not necessarily aqua essentials.


Sorry to read this Paul - I'm assuming it arrived OK? We send in plastic packaging for bettr protection but need to ensure this plant doesn't get wet oris placed in aquariums with hoods. If you have a hood, use the other floating plant salvinia natans

by Angela M.
Product arrived very quickly so postage times were excellent. Quality wasn't great but thought it may grow better once in the tank with some feeding. After 4 or 5 days I noticed snails in the tank , which there were definitely none before. Not so much of a problem, however I had no intention to add snails to my community tank. Unfortunately after two weeks I noticed some of the plants had begun to wilt, and eventually died. I had to remove all plants to reduce the waste in the tank as they all began to brown and rot. A bit disappointed as I had high hopes for this pretty plant.


Sadly snails are unavoidable with portions but we do offer a TC version if you’re keen on avoiding them. This plant needs it dry so don’t place in a tank with a hood, otherwise they wilt.

by Charlene W.
Beautiful floaters, the roots are growing longer after only 48 hours. Let's just hope I can keep them alive.

by Jerry H.
Good amount of it arrived hasn't grown much yet.

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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.

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