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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2004, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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hi im new here
been reading awhile and this place is great.
ive had this setup going for about 3-4 months now
i have 15g 28w pc lighting 50w heater no co2 very hard water ph 8.3

right now i have jungle vals in the corners of the tank with a
a. barteri specimen plant in the center. the front of the tank
is open sand for my ocellatus pair.

ive been reading about how vals will die off and the tips of a few of mine are turning brown. im worried that if they die my anubias will be attacked by algae. id like to plant a few more barteri but im worried algae will take over if i take out the vals.
would the barteris and some floating hornwort be a better choice?
im a college student and im looking for easy maintenance but want
strictly central/east african plants

i also have a clip of b. heudolotii and would like to find some more.
i was thinking about maybe replacing the vals with these?

any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated
thanks you guys are great!
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welcome to the world of planted tanks! And to some great cichlids (I used to have some ocellatus)!

first of all, I would like to say that you need to really watch for aggression in that tank. ocellatus are a little on the mean side! But it looks like you will probably be fine with just a pair (I had 5).

second, I assume that you aren't not planning on using CO2 because of the high pH in cichlid tanks, so you don't want any plants that really need CO2.

More Barteri or other anubius plants would work very well. Hornwort would be great too. I don't know if the following plants are from Africa, but here's a short list of other plants you could try:
Java Fern
Java Moss
Cryptocoryne species
Rotala indica
Hygrophilia polysperma

hope that helps!

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I would avoid any stem plants in cichlid tank. None of the stem plants stay buried in my cichlid tank. I use CO2 in my cichlid tank and the pH dropped from 7.6 to 7 but those horny cichlids seem to do fine and keep on breeding :? .
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I doubt the little one and a half inch ocellatus shell dwellers could dig up the plants, but maybe I'm wrong.
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yeah they dont dig up the plants
theyre a wild pair but theyre not aggressive to each other
at all. they live great together never fought.

i dont want any stem plants either too much maintenance.
im thinking of replacing the vals with some bolbitis ferns
and adding 4 to 6 more a. barteri, and maybe some floating
im trying to imitate the bay area they came from-Utinta Bay-and
am focusing on a drainage area into the lake like from a riverbank.

thanks for all the help so far i will keep looking for plants.
the lfs has one barteri left im going to pick it up in the morning.
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The barteri, hornwort, and bolbitis sound like they would all do good in that tank. Glad to hear your pair is nice to each other. My ocellatus were mean.
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Originally Posted by NFish
I doubt the little one and a half inch ocellatus shell dwellers could dig up the plants, but maybe I'm wrong.
LOL!!!! I have a mated pair of little ocellatus and they will completely redecorate the tank in about 2-3 hours. After a few days the tank looks the the Rocky mountains. :shock: Every once in a while I'll flaten out the substrate just to watch them do their thing.

They won't up-root plants on purpose but they will move the substrate around a lot.
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