Floating plants are plants that naturally float on the surface of an aquarium. They are generally fast-growing plants, so they will help reduce nitrates and other nutrients in the water and make great natural filters and natural algae-inhibitors by out-competing them in nutrients and light. Floating plants help make fish and shrimp feel more secure by giving them and their fry a place to hide from potential predators. Freshwater shrimp love grazing in their roots as well, as they help grow biofilm and catch food debris.
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Red Root Floaters - Windy City Aquariums

Red Root Floaters

Red Root Floater (Phyllanthus fluitans) is a South American floating plant that is known and highly desired for its bright red roots and underside, unlike most floaters that have brown roots. It has...
Dwarf Water Lettuce - Windy City Aquariums

Dwarf Water Lettuce

Pistia Stratiotes, AKA Dwarf Water Lettuce as it is commonly called, is a genus of aquatic plant in the arum family, Araceae. The single species it comprises, Pistia stratiotes, is...
Frogbit - Windy City Aquariums


Amazon frogbit (Limnobium laeviatum) is an easy to care for, floating aquarium plant. It is native to Central and South America, though in recent years it has reported in North America as...
Duckweed - Windy City Aquariums


$4.50 – $34.99
Common Duckweed (Lemna Minor), is a small floating plant that has 1-3 leaves and 1/16" - 1/8" long. Freshwater, easy to grow and maintain. You can use this small portion...
Mosaic Plant (Ludwigia Sedoides) - Windy City Aquariums

Mosaic Plant (Ludwigia Sedoides)

This floating Ludwigia is native to Central and South America, where it can be found growing in stagnant waters as well as in sections of riverine environments that are free...
Salvinia Cuculatta - Windy City Aquariums

Salvinia Cuculatta

Salvinia Cucullata is a less common floating plant that features cup-like leaves that display a soft green hue. Like other Salvinia species, Salvinia Cucullata is relatively undemanding and easy to keep. When compared to...
Salvinia Minima - Windy City Aquariums

Salvinia Minima

Salvinia minima is an aquatic floating plant, rootless aquatic fern. Also Known as Water Spangles or Common Salvinia. It consists of horizontal stems that float just below the water surface...
Azolla (Fairy Moss) - Windy City Aquariums

Azolla (Fairy Moss)

$4.99 – $39.99
Azolla (mosquito fern, duckweed fern, fairy moss, water fern) is a genus of seven species of aquatic ferns in the family Salviniaceae. They are extremely reduced in form and specialized,...
Tiger Striped Frogbit

Tiger Striped Frogbit

Tiger Striped Frogbit is a rare variation of Frogbit with leaves that feature tiger-like stripes around the edges. Compared to Common Frogbit, its leaves tend to be smaller and more...
Variegated Water Lettuce

Variegated Water Lettuce

Variegated Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes 'variegated') is a rare compact variety of water lettuce with beautiful leaves that feature splashes of creamy-yellow variegation.  The variegation will get stronger in subdued light...
Giant Duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza) - Windy City Aquariums

Giant Duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza)

Giant duckweed is a native floating plant in Florida. Though very small, it is the largest of the duckweeds. Spirodela polyrhiza is frequently found growing in rivers, ponds, lakes, and sloughs from...
Curly Rosette Water Lettuce

Curly Rosette Water Lettuce

Curly Rosette Water Lettuce is a compact variety of water lettuce with beautiful ruffled rosette leaves. It can grow 6" to 8" across. Like many floating plants, it will provide shade and shelter to...