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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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African Anubias Feeder Frenzy

I had a 20 gallon tank that I was using to breed feeder Guppies and hybrid Endlers. I decided that it might as well be worth looking at also. So I snagged a bunch of plant I had lying around and went to work. Turns out the plant I used, Anubias nana and a Tiger lotus, are all Native African plants. I added some Shrimp to help tidy up, as well as an Albino Bushy Nose Pleco.

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As you can see the front is open for viewing and swimming space. The Anubias covers the mid to back of the tank and will grow in thick over time. In the back right corner, you can see the red Tiger Lotus leaves. This plant will grow much taller. In fact it will grow to the top of the tank and flower if left untrimmed. The Lotus will also send out smaller plants at its base, which I may move to the other corner to add some color balance.

Here is a cherry shrimp that died for some reason and ended up in a Feeders mouth:


And Here is the handsome Albino Bushynose Pleco:


Its nothing fancy but once the Anubias thickens, its going to look awesome.
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i think it will look pretty hott.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 06:08 PM
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Very cool!


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Thanks. Patience is the key in planted tanks. Not to mention the plant keep the water much cleaner, especially for a feeder tank.
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I like it! simple is sometimes better.

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I like it! simple is sometime better.
I am pleased with it. I had to make due with what I had lying around.
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I just filled three more tanks at Christmas time, A simply planted 55g for a breeding pair of angels to parent raise in with a pair of 10g tanks on the lower shelf. The 10's are connected to each other via a cross over pipe to increase the water column. Sand and flourite mixed substrate, java plantlets, anubias trimmings along with moss and driftwood for pleco babies and the second is a bare bottom for separately hatched angel fry for the first 2-3 weeks allowing me to vacuum the bottom after each BBS feeding.

Works well enough with the loose plants letting me move things around chasing babies with a net,,,, but no style.

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Looks really nice. What are you feeding them to?
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I have wild Bluegill as well as some larger Apistos that eat them. I plan on getting some Herotilapia multispinosa, some Thorichthys maculipinnis, and maybe some Australoheros oblongum in the near future. I also have a neighbor that grabs some on occasion to feed his Sevrums
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imo this is one of the best tanks in that site
easy to mentain, cheap, ..anubias is not that demanding at all and it looks great(should i mention that is present in 99% of T Amano's tanks?)
i bet thet they will flower in max 6 months from now.
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imo this is one of the best tanks in that site
easy to mentain, cheap, ..anubias is not that demanding at all and it looks great(should i mention that is present in 99% of T Amano's tanks?)
i bet thet they will flower in max 6 months from now.
Thanks. I was quite impressed with how it turned out. Most of those Anubias flowered last year so I expect them to again this year. Its seems they do in the summer.

It would make a cool Otto tank IMO. I have always wanted to set up a tank with just Ottos and low light, broadleaved plants. In large numbers they will actually swim around together.
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you can try a lanceolata(anubias lanceolata) in the back for example
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