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Thanks for your informative responses. Actually, by "African," I meant from
_all over_ Africa. I too am a bit puzzled by the fact that the few aquarium
plants from Africa that we see in the US are apparently all from 3-4 West
African countries. Apart from the Rift Lakes, there is lots of fresh water
in East, North and South Africa, and presumably lots of plants too.
I have no experience with Ammnia spp. or Nesaea pedicellata, but I have seen
them for sale on the web and will check them out. Hydrotriche hottonifolia I
have never seen or even heard of till yesterday. A quick search of the web
found only one reference to it, on the site of a Czech breeding and
exporting firm, Petra-Aqua. Any suggestions as to where I might be able to
find this in the US?
I didn't think Aponetogens came from continental Africa (Madagascar doesn't
count!). Likewise, I thought Criniums were Asian plants. Am I wrong?
> By African, you mean West African? Ammannia senegalensis and it's larger and
> faster growing brother A.gracilus are great and also Nesaea pedicellata are
> fast growers and very nice for contrast with the Anubias. Tiger lotus,
> Aponogetons, Bolbitis can be also somewhat fast growers. Criniums can be
> considered for this also. Most of these get BIG though! H. hottonifolia
> I believe there is a Hair grass from there (E minima?) although I could be
> What I'd like to see more of is plants from Lake Malawi and Tanganyika. They
> are there but they only ship out the fish................ not the plants!
> The general notion is that all lake Cichlids are only Rock dwellers and eat
> plants. This is plain rubbish. Many areas do have plants and there are many
> pictures and collector accounts to prove it. Guess I might take an African
> trip to do some collecting! In my dreams....................
> Tom Barr AGA
> Hydrotriche hottoniflora, but it can sometimes be tricky
> in that it seems to have an affinity for algae. Snails
> are a help.
> - --
> Dave Whittaker