I had the good fortune of a kind man in my area giving me a LOT of plants for 20 bucks. I was looking to plant my 55g mbuna/peacock tank for the first time. I had requested Java Fern and Anubias, but I got a grocery bag full of plants including what I believe to be: massive Java Fern (wide leaf and needle leaf), one Anubias species, some hygrophila (?), and several others that I have not identified yet.
I currently planted all of them until I can decide what to keep based on my preference, the cichlids appetite, lighting requirements, and YOUR advice!! The only plants I immediately removed were some reddish plants that seemed to be quite a delicacy to my Red Zebra.
Please help me figure out what my tank can sustain. How will these plants do with my lighting? How many of them can I keep without depleting the nutrients in the tank? My T5 lighting seems to be very narrowly focused (not diffusing over the width of the tank). How important will it be for these plants to be "directly" under this narrow line of lights?---should I elevate the lighting so that it diverges more before reaching the tank? Finally, the T5 lighting is warmer than I thought it would be. Is it okay to rest on acrylic?????
Thanks for your responses. My tank specs are listed below along with pictures after planting and pics of some plants (feel free to ID the other than the Java Fern
Some tank specs:
-1 28 watt 46inch 6700k T5 bulb
-1 28 watt 46inch colormax t5 bulb
- Sand substrate
-river rock- rockscape
-1 aquaclear 300 filter
-1 eheim powerhead
-temperature at 78 deg F
Stock: 3 rusty cichlids (1M, 2F), 1 red zebra, 1 yellow lab, 1 taiwan reef peacock, 1 lemon jacobfreibergi, 1 red jacobfreibergi, 1 pictus catfish