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Florida biotope

I'm thinking of starting a Florida biotope. My tank is a 10g with an Aquaclear 20 and two 14 watt CFLs. I'd appreciate suggestions on suitable fish and low light plant native to Florida.


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Ghost shrimp for sure as they are everywhere in the lakes around here, wish we had the flag fish local like the Orlando area does, spotted mollies. Chain swords or dwarf sag looks very much like eel grass. Actually seen banana plants in the local lake too.


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I see various species of Ludwigia, Bacopa, and Parrot's Feather everywhere around here. I have also seen Anacharis and Hygrophila species in North Florida springs.
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Ghost shrimp for sure as they are everywhere in the lakes around here, wish we had the flag fish local like the Orlando area does, spotted mollies. Chain swords or dwarf sag looks very much like eel grass. Actually seen banana plants in the local lake too.
+1 on spotted mollies.. was at Kelly Park and saw quite a few. I was wondering what the heck they were then after a good look I realized it.

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Thanks for all the great suggestions so far! I'll definitely include ghost shrimp. They are easy to come by. Flagfish I expected and have been considering. The Spotted Mollies surprised me. I was reading Sailfin Mollies are natives too. Another fish I am researching is the Everglades Pygmy Sunfish but I understand they are picky eaters. I'd want several well established cultures of live foods going before I tried something like that.

The plant suggestions are most appreciated too! If anyone can think of more, PLEASE feel free to add them.

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I was going to mention Sunfish. I have also seen lots of Pleco's all over, from the peace river all the way down here to the everglades, but I'm not sure if they are native.

A quick google turns up this: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in456


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I have dollar sunfish and a blue spotted sunfish. also have a couple that I have no idea what they are. Blueish top fin, red tail/ bottom fins, with a black stripe going down the middle of thier sides lengthwise. Took a few days for the sunfish to realize flakes were food, but they have settled in. With sunfish I have read to plant so you break thier line of sight (aggression) and to have more than 2 to make it more difficult for them to pick on each other. Otherwise mine pretty much just do the chase each other thing once in awhile.
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Oh and an alligator gar, you definitively need a alligator gar in there.


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Just found this list of plants in Florida, linked you to the submerged section!

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Wouldn't they be too big for a 10g? I'm not even sure how big those get.




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OMG!!!! LOL Just read that alligator gars get up over 300 lbs. NOT! ha ha

Thanks for the links to plants and fish! Those will be really helpful!

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I have a question...spotted mollies...is there another name for them? I'm trying to search them but I've come up with pics of a variety of mollies that have spots. How can I know which are native to Florida? Or is a Spotted Molly the same as a Sailfin Molly?

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Pygmy Sunfish

My vote is for a couple Pygmy Sunfish. I've looked at them a few times, and they seem like such cool little fish. Some good Youtube vidoes with examples.
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