I.D. this floating plant

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I was in the backyard looking for plants when I came across a pond boat that had been dragged under some trees. It was upturned and full of stagnant water. 2 of the three sections were just black water, but the third section was covered with this:

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I scooped some up and found that the water was full of tiny larvae and some weird wiggling black worms. I scooped the plant off the surface and moved it to another container of water, then repeated this process a few more times until I had managed to seperate the plant from the critters. I now have it floating in a 10 gallon tank to see what happens.

It has very very short, tiny, straight roots growing down about 1 cm. I don't know anything about it, other than it was growing under a lot of shade, but if I can get it to replicate, I think it would make an ideal cover plant for an open top aquarium.

So, what is it?
 
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fishface

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UUGGGHHH!! looks like duckweed to me! some people consider it a noxious weed :eek: others love it but it will grow like a weed and can be very difficult to get rid of if you ever decide you don't like it any longer or it shades the rest of your plants too much. have fun with it! :D
 

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It is hard to totally eradicate from your tank, but it is easy to control. Some people just don't like the look of it floating on the surface and blocking the light. But I don't mind it at all.
 

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Re: I.D. this floating plant

I'm trying to find out how to keep dragonflies. An open tank with a thinned partial cover of duckweed and a few resting dragonflies would be awesome. Anyone know how to keep dragonflies?

I've lately been looking up how to grow moss and keep dragonflies. People that I ask think I'm nuts. I asked the lady at the Walmart Garden Center yesterday if they sold moss seed. Wanna guess how she looked at me?