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[APD] RE: LakeTanganika plants


In Aquarium Plants, by Christel Kasselmann on pp. 37-38 she lists the following plants: Pistia stratiotes, Valisneria spiralis var. denseserrulata, Ceratophyllum demersum, Myriophyllum spicatum, Potamogeton pectinatus, Potamogeton schweinfurthii, and Hydrilla verticillata, Najas horrida, Najas marina subsp. armata in Ndole Bay, all in Lake Tanganyika. I checked all the Nymphaea and Nymphoides listings and only Nymphaea lotus, Nymphoides forbesiana, and Nymphoides thunbergiana are found in Africa in the countries around Lake Tanganyika but not specifically stated as existing in the lake.

Jerry Smith in Bloomingdale, NJ

Subject: [APD] LakeTanganika plants From: "Jim Swinford" <gswinford2 at comcast_net> Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:39:06 -0400

Is there anyone around who knows what plants actually occur in Lake Tanganika. I'm setting up a 120 gal biotope tank for some of the more peaceful(?)(non-plant eating) cichlids and sort of got the idea of combining them with my plant interest. I know theres mosses, Vals, Nymphea, Bladderworts, Hornworts and a few potamogetons. Any others? Thanks, Jim

Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 11:11:35 +0200
From: "CameronM" <cameronm at rse_co.za>
Subject: [APD] LakeTanganika plants

There is definitely a species of Vallisneria that grows in the lake, apparently it is endemnic.
Are you going for a true biotope type of setup or are you only looking for plants that will withstand the onslaught of the Cichlids. FWIW, I have a Tang Biotope tank, Compressi's, Calvus, simili's, multi's, Brichardi's, Pulchers and Cyprichromis, all these fish leave the plants well alone. I only have a stand of vallisneria in this tank, and its not the correct species!

One of the BAENSCH atlas's apparently have a listing of plants that grow in the lake, perhaps that will help you out.

Kind Regards
Cameron James

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