Nobody, but nobody should be allowed to have that many large tanks
with that many species of plants, and as a self-appointed member of
the Plant Police, I will be by Saturday sometime to confisgate them in
the name of the Proletariat.
You must have an enormous house (and a sturdy foundation) to keep so
many large tanks. My puny 40 gallon packed with c. wendtii, c.
affinis, c. wilissi, e. osiris, and e. parviforus must look horribly
diminuative in comparison. Do you have enough successful growth that
you can sell-back to your local store for credit? My tank hasn't
gotten quite full enough to reach that measure of successful growth,
but I imagine your large tanks may make that a viable option.
I'd love to see what your tanks look like--especially what your
varieties of c. wendtii look like--they are so morphologically
different from tank to tank. I'm going to try to scan in the 35mm
shot I have of my tank and upload it to the web site
(http://www.actwin.com/fishaquatic-plants). It's a neat way to trade
I'm sort of surprised that you've had success keeping echonidorus
species and anubias together successfully since they have such
significantly different light requirements. Whenever I try to keep
the two together, the anubias turn into brush algae forrests--even
with my SAEs hard at work. I love Anubias, nana, coffeeafolia,
lanceolata, and barteri (plus a few I haven't identified) are in a
seperate tank, but I can't keep them in my 40 gallon where I have 80
watts of flourescents and 80 watts of halogens (incandescents)...of
course the cryptocorynes aren't real fond of the high light level,
either...but then I've kept them under the echonidorus canopy for the
most part to lower the light level.
Have you experienced the cryptocoryne phenomena of having fine
rootlets growing back out of the ground--does this mean the substrate
is too compacted?
Inquiring minds want to know.