Three days in. The Cabomba is looking good; already showing new growth, not melting and most importantly, not being eaten. I will keep trying to find and plant another fast growing stem which they do like to eat and add it for their nutritional benefit. It may have to be something they will eat, but don't love. They made very short work of the Mare's Tail; so much so that I don't think any size of planting would have survived the ravishing.
Nope. Haven't tried it yet. I thought the cabomba would go too. Hornwort will likely go in next. My understanding is that hornwort has about a fifty fifty chance with goldies, but that they will eat it if they get really hungry.
Adapted overflow box to 50% skim, 50% siphon. Will not need second filter to clear up particles.
Moved circulation pump to give Cabomba a lower current environment. It don't like current. Am very happy it remains untouched. I like the look a lot. I would have used which ever stem exported the most nutrient, whatever it's looks. Is this trick number 3? Doubtful Cabomba would work with all golds. Have heard they eat it sometimes. Who knows, maybe they don't unless very desperate. Green food may be the key.
Am reconsidering planting food plants for the fish. Might be hard to maintain balance. I imagine sudden huge binge eating decimating the "filter". Asking for trouble. Probably better to plant only what they won't eat and continue feeding them external food.
On the strength of your Cabomba experience I rushed out to my LFS and bought some for my goldie tank. Bella tossed it about a bit the first day but since (two days now) has left it alone. I really had thought it would be goldfish food instantly. Just goes to show that experimentation is a good idea.
I'm working my way up to starting a tank journal, probably will start the new thread in the next day or two.
My Cabomba remains untouched whereas others loose the plant to feeding or attack. Perhaps the species or variety is key.
The genus Cabomba (Cabombaceae) is revised. Five species and three varieties are recognized: C. aquatica, C. palaeformis, C. furcata, C. haynesii and C. caroliniana including var. caroliniana, var. pulcherrima, and var. flavida var. nov.
As for my plants: New growth is obvious on some (3), others (7) are unchanged. I have read that the bottoms of the stems should be discarded and the tops replanted to keep growth fast. Cut stem bottoms grow slower if left planted, they wrote.
enjoyed the entire thread tonight
it will be interesting to see how it developes
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