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Common Name: Red Root Floater 


The unique and beautiful Phyllanthus fluitans is a floating plant that is found in the wild widespread across South America. It is characterised by small round and water-repellent leaves that can vary in colour from light green/brown to a deep red depending on the lighting and water parameters. It is similar in appearance to Salvania auriculata but only has one leaf per node and in the right conditions will produce tiny white flowers. It’s roots are often red in colour giving it its common name “red root floater” and it is especially popular in open top aquariums or paludariums.

Phyllanthus fluitans

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  • Type: Floating Plant

    Care: Easy

    Growth Rate: Medium

    Lighting: Medium

    CO2: Not Required


    This plant is grown in-vitro and is kept in a nitrient medium. carefully remove from cup and rince the roots and plants in aquarium water to remove the medium. Seperate into portions and place on the water surface. 

    It is been noted that excesive nitrates cause the plant to not do well. However, there is not enough evidence to support this. Good nutrients and lighting are important for great results. Like with many floating plants, do not cover the tank to allow the plants access to the air/CO2. High humid environments can cause the plant to struggle.