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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-18-2003, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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I have a Madagascar cichlid tank with crushed corals mix as substrate. I was wondering what can I do to help grow and maintain a healthy group of plants. I currently have just a few small plants that are doing ok. I just started to introduce the plants to see how they will do with my water parameter. At the moment they are doing well, a few of the plants are shooting leaves all over the place. I would like to eventually re-work the whole aquarium and rearrange the decorations and add more plants to provide a good foreground-midground and background to the tank.
?: How will the plants do with a high pH; around 8.0-8.2 (long term), I leave in Maryland so the water is not too hard.
I use a tetra product as plant fertilizer. Should I use other types of fertilizer or additives?
I was thinking of adding a home made CO2 injector to the tank.
What plants are hardy enough to handle such water parameters?
As I have mentioned, I would like to have a well balanced planted tank with the front-middle and background well planted.
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Im from MD also. You didnt mention lighting and size of tank which are the two most important factors to answer your questions. Your Ph is a little high but should be ok. Co2 drops your ph so you should be ok.
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How attached are you to the cichlids, you might want to switch to a different kind of fish. Most plants can't take the conditions you will be giving them with a crushed coral substrate. If your fish must have this substrate you might be fated to picking them or a planted tank.

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You might be surprised what you can grow in crushed coral. I have personally grown several species of Val. and Anubias in Crushed coral, and there is always the ever-faithful Java Fern.

Although your choices are going to be limited, its not impossible.

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