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african plants

its so difficult to find information on african aquatics without it being related to african cichlids.

I'm looking for a list of african aquarium plants for an upcoming tank build that will be, dun dun dun, an african biotope to give my kirbs a lovely new home.

The tank will be either 75 or 90g, house a pair of kirb's, a healthy number of congo tetra, perhaps some Synodontis, and a ctenopoma. (looking into killifish as well) so i'm looking for some heavy plant coverage. I will be running t5ho, co2, and dosing ferts.

While I am finding information, there are a lot of educated folks on here that may be able to rattle off names faster than i can google them!

Appreciate the help gang!
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Anubias, Bolbitis, some kinds of Crinium and lilies. There is one kind of Echinodorus even. Ought to get you started!
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Mongabay got different african biotopes and the plants related to the lakes. Might want to check them out.

http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope.htm

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Mongabay got different african biotopes and the plants related to the lakes. Might want to check them out.

http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope.htm

thats a great link, thanks for sharing



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Not a problem Chad, you are welcome.

Scapegoat, your tank will look awesome with killifish in there. I've been pondering of getting some myself.

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APongeton are african plants I believe
are you not allowing anything from madagascar?

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Mongabay got different african biotopes and the plants related to the lakes. Might want to check them out.

http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope.htm
that is a great link! thanks

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Scapegoat, your tank will look awesome with killifish in there. I've been pondering of getting some myself.
but which one, and how many? they're neat little fish. I figured congo tetra may end up being the large school in the tank, which is looking to end up as a 125g.

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APongeton are african plants I believe
are you not allowing anything from madagascar?
those are neat looking plants. I'm not going to be a hardcore stickler for what goes into the tank, and i dont think anyone that is going to see the tank in person is going to know one thing from another.
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.I'm not going to be a hardcore stickler for what goes into the tank, and i dont think anyone that is going to see the tank in person is going to know one thing from another.
Well if your willing to do something from madagascar why not a large Lace?


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Well if your willing to do something from madagascar why not a large Lace?
i'm really liking a thick area of Vallisneria spiralis as the background plant, with a couple african anubias and african fern spread around the rock and wood scape with a healthy amount of Eleocharis parvula for the foreground.

after looking at some tanks with less species, i think that is the way to go.

though, i think i might want to throw in a splash of color... i'll have high light, ferts, and co2, so i should find something red, perhaps a lilly of some sort.

what about floaters?

very much appreciating all the input, giving me the ability to think this over a bit better. I've got a few months of planning ahead of me as we're renovating the basement.
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i'm really liking a thick area of Vallisneria spiralis as the background plant, with a couple african anubias and african fern spread around the rock and wood scape with a healthy amount of Eleocharis parvula for the foreground.

after looking at some tanks with less species, i think that is the way to go.

though, i think i might want to throw in a splash of color... i'll have high light, ferts, and co2, so i should find something red, perhaps a lilly of some sort.

what about floaters?

very much appreciating all the input, giving me the ability to think this over a bit better. I've got a few months of planning ahead of me as we're renovating the basement.
I dont know much on floaters but Tiger Lotus's are from Africa.


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