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Old 02-25-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Rockscaping and Plant Help

Hiya. I just re did the rock in my cichlid tank and was wondering what people thought. Also, do you think I should yank out the fake plats I currently have? I know the fish don't care either way lol I'm probably still not done with arranging but I'm pretty happy where it is for now. It's those darn plants that kinda ruin the river bottom vibe.

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Old 02-25-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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I like it, You can do some more research for plants that can thrive in those water parameters and with those fish, there are plenty of hearty live ones out there that can withstand the beatings from africans.

Live ones will not only aid in filtration but also with the health of your fish, plastic flashing is sharp and will slice the fish right up if they hit it right.

I dig the background too, I got the same one in my 45H, it looks really nice in there.
I am trying to make a driftwood piece that suspends from the top of the tank and branches down into the tank for a much more natural 3D look for my SA cichlids.

It looks really nice.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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To be honest I'm probably not a good candidate for live plants. I can barely keep a cactus alive in my kitchen. hehe....

I know it would enhance the look having real plants but I was thinking no plants at all. Probably not a good idea? The only thing is my mbunas' love to eat the algae off them. So not sure what to do.
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Anubias Nana is a great plant and has worked well in my tanks. They can handle bites and min lighting. If you can get it already planted on driftwood it would look awesome with your rock
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good luck with plants in an african tank! Tried, failed, tried, failed, tried, failed, gave up.

I think the rockwork looks great. I'd caution you on that heater though. they've been recalled I have the same one and I'm getting ready to dig it out and exchange it
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Hi Carey, I think the tank looks real good. I did a 190 gal. like that a few years back and with no plants it looked more like a moonscape in my opinion. I had to do something to soften the look of it up and java fern tied to the rocks worked out real well for me. Good luck.....mr ray
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yup, ferns,mosses,anubias and swords would be good but the ones that can stand up to africans are very undemanding plants and require little effort on your part.

(I grow moss in pitch black conditions in stagnant water, every month I get about 10 pounds of moss from the buckets.)
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I think i am gonna take out the plants when I do my next PWC. They just look so fake to me. I've read elsewhere about java fern, I need to see if I can find some locally. I might give this a try.

How many would you be good do you think? And I have a crushed coral/shell substrate now. Will they grow in that?

Questions questions I got dozens! And thats only for one of my tanks. LOL

Thanks everyone for your nice words.
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Don't put the java fern in the substrate, tie it on the rocks with a thread that will match the color of the rock. As whitedevil says java moss tied to rocks and wood would do well too. The moss grows so quickly that even if they want to snack on it ,it will probably just keep growing. The java fern and the java moss will also give the tank a real nice look. I haven't come across a fish yet that likes to eat the java fern!
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I concur with Mr Ray. Tie it or shove it into nooks and cracks in the wood.
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