Originally Posted by GDominy
Those ferns look familiar ;-)
If you need any more let me know... I have more almost ready to split :-)
Hey thanks! Sure, I could use some more, let me know when they are ready.
Originally Posted by Oqsy
great looking setup! I have a 55 gallon mbuna that i've always wanted to plant, but for obvious reasons haven't gotten around to trying it (except a few extra java ferns that are wilting away in the salty depths at the moment) what are your water params? my GH and KH are through the roof in that tank, and I fear it might be more than the plants could handle... i wish i still had the link to the recipe for malawi water composition, but I'm pretty much using that to the t(as far as K,Na,Ca,Mg are concerned)... do you mind sharing your pH, gh kh, and temp?
p.s. who's the blue fella with the frontosa lookin' noggin?
Thanks. The guy with the blue noggin is a Cyrotocara Moorii or Malawi Blue Dolphin. The hump gets even bigger with age. He's a very cool fish, has alot of personality.
My water parameters are:
Temp-76*F (I've found a lower temp slightly lowers aggression)
KH is around 12 I think.
PH is 7.6
Many people would think my water is too soft, but according to what I have read by people who have actually tested Malawi's parameters, Malawi is not that hard. Ph is anywhere from 7.6 to 8.2 in Malawi. It has a high KH, but the Gh is relatively soft. Also, there is very little NaCL in Malawi (but there is alot in Tanganiyaka).
I don't add any buffers other than the crushed coral in my filter, and a little bit of Tufa rock. I used to add sea salt, epsom salt, and baking soda, but I found that it doesn't really matter what I add to the water, as long as it is changed frequently (50% weekly), the fish eat like pigs and spawn like crazy.
I have tried plants with these guys before, when they were juvies, but they ripped them apart. They tore Anubias apart like nothing. I even put a piece of emersed Philodendron vine in there and they bit the leaves.
I added one java fern about a month ago on a whim, and to my amazement they didn't touch it, so I added other plants and they've been fine. I think perhaps the reason is because they are older that they aren't as curious.