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[APD] RE: Planted African Cichlid tank
I am setting up my first African tank with this experiment so I don't claim
to be an expert. I remember selling Africans in 1974 when I worked P/T in a
LFS during summers between college but I never wanted to keep them.
That being said, look back in the Archives starting in Jan 2004 for the
threads: Rift Tank Algae Establishment, Rift Lake Algae, rift algae, rift
algae (potted plants), tank at work, The Stooges Work Tank Update, and
Larry, Curly and Moe. These are the thread titles I've saved that cover what
I am doing now.
I picked up a copy of "Plants for Your Aquarium" by Wolfgang Gula published
by Barron's. On page 32 there is a picture of a wall of carved rocks with
Anubias attached and 20 or so Malawian Cichlids. Page 27 has a sample plant
layout for a cichlid tank. Background plants recomended: Anubias congensis,
A. lanceolata, Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia, Sagittaria subulata.
Middleground: A. barteri var. barteri, A. gracilis, A. heterophylla,
Microsorium pteropus. Foreground: A. barteri var. nana, A. afzellii.
In "An Interpet Guide to African Cichlids" by Dr. Paul V. Loiselle beginning
on page 32 through 43 there is a section on Aquascaping. Suitable plants
listed are: A. barteri, A. nana, Aponogeton crispus, A. ulvaceus, Bolbitis
heudelotii, Ceratophyllum demersum, Ceratopteris cornuta, C. pteridioides,
C. thalictroides, Crinum thaianum, Crypto. willisii, Echinodorus major, E.
parviflorus, Hygrophila difformis, Microsorium pteropus, Nymphaea lotus, and
I looked through other books that listed the hardness preferences for plants
and decided to try some thinnings of my Crypt. blassii. I also brought down
some Hygro. polysperma. Both of these are in the temporary 20 H set up in my
bosses office to give him something to look at while construction continues.
This tank has a wall of Lace rock across the front with the Crypts ( about
15 to 20) planted behind. Some of the leaves float on the surface. I made
about 4 bunches of 8-10 inch tip trimmings of the Hygro. and these are also
behind the rocks. I bought two A. b. var. Nana and tied them on to some rock
this morning along with four Bolbitus. I bought two M. pteropus,a bunch of
V. dubyana, and three Australian Rainbowfish on the way home tonight and
will bring them in tomorrow. Including tonights purchases, so far I have
three 1 inch Synodontis cats, four 2 inch Australian Rainbow fish-exact
species unknown except there is one bosmani, six 1-1/2 inch Labidochromis
caeruleus, and four 1 inch Julidochromis ornatus.
I may be able to get out tomorrow and go to another LFS where they have a
wonderful selection of plants and Africans. I want to get some Vallisneria
asiatica and Crypto. balansae, C. retrospiralis, C. usteriana. I have a 29
gallon setup in my car which I borrowed from a friend for a while which I
will start setting up tomorrow. That is why I wanted to know about the mulm.
I still do hope someone can answer that for me. I want to clean out my tank
Saturday and bring the mulm in on Monday.
Hope this helps.
Bloomingdale, NJ, USA where we just had about 4 to 6 inches of wet snow
yesterday and today.
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 10:59:06 -0800 (PST)
From: Rod Gerrymander <rgerrymander at yahoo_com>
Subject: [APD] Planted African Cichlid tank (was how long will mulm keep)
Tell me about planted African Cichlid tanks.
I like African Cichlids, used to breed them,
but I thought they spent all their free time
tearing up the plantings.
If it is possible to combine the two I might
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