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Re: guppie fry and plants

>From: Rsimoneaux at aol_com
>Subject: Guppies & Plants

>I have just recently started to raise and breed  show  guppies. What I would 
>like to do is not have such a sterile tanks as seems to be the norm in the 
>breeder circles of guppies. Most breeder keep their tanks empty, except for a

>box filter with marbles & floss. Althought I love the site of my half black 
>yellow guppies, I miss having plants and other natural items in the tank. 

>My questions are what common plants will tolerate salted water (1tbs per 5 
>gallons)? Most of the plants I have tried (hygrophlia, Frill and others) seem

>to melt. Are there any plants that will tolerate salted water and give cover 
>to the babies from a hungry mother? Is Ricca or Java moss a good choice, I 
>have not tried them yet. How would you recommend planting in small pots? Any 
>other suggestions on how to raise guppies in a more natural/planted tank 
>would be appreciated. 

>Thanks in advance for your help and consideration. I also want to say the 


Hi Ray, try Ceratopteris cornuta (oakleaf fern) it doesn't mind this kind
of salt concentration. You can plant it or let it float, in this case massive
roots will form, not only decorative but an excellent place for the fry to 
hide in. I'm using it myself. 

Best regards,

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