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Re:Rootless nitrogen sponges

       To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
       Subject: Rootless nitrogen sponges
       From: IDMiamiBob at aol_com
       Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 18:03:25 EDT

Bob Dixon wrote:

I have a pair of angels spawning and a LFS that has expressed a couple times
they would be quicker to buy my angels than my Apistos.  No accounting for
taste, I guess.  I have decided that one thing that would help growth is to
add some plants to the fry tank.  I tend to use bare-bottomed tanks for
cichlid fry.  While Java fern and Anubias can be grown attached to a piece of
wood, they don't grow very fast, and I can't imagine that they would consume
much nitrate/nitrite/ammonia.  Java moss doesn't seem to do well in my tanks,
even though I like it for its ability to support infusoria.

Any ideas what I can use for a "nitrogen sponge" without cluttering the
bottom with pots and stuff the fry can get stuck under?

It isn't exactly rootless, but the best thing I can come up with is water
sprite, Ceratopteris.  It does well floating with a little iron addition,
and it grows rapidly.

Paul Krombholz, in steamy central Mississippi,