datnoid is a brackish water fish, i feel that either your plants will suffer or the fish will. terror will do the same as the oscar. what about a peacock bass planted tank?
peacock bass may work for others with larger tanks but i can't upgrade from a 75datnoid is a brackish water fish, i feel that either your plants will suffer or the fish will. terror will do the same as the oscar. what about a peacock bass planted tank?
i was actually considering a group of firemouths before i decided to do plants. i don't mind plants attached to driftwood but i'm definitely looking for a "carpet" effect as well. will firemouths uproot ground cover plants?Why not try something like placing plants on driftwood and then having like a small group of firemouths?
I saw this one time and us was slick
Would you be able to make a carpet(HC or dwarf sag is what I want the most) with fish like geophagus? Won't they sift the substrate for food?My 150G has Rotkeil Severums, Geophagus, L330 and a Green Terror. I am selling off the Green Terror and most of the Geophagus and adding another Rotkeil and growing out 3 A.orbicularis Oscars and keep the nicest for my display.
Keeping large fish in planted tanks isnt hard. You simply must keep in mind they are infact large fish. Use heavily rooted plants(swords, crypts) or plants which you can attach to wood and rocks(moss, fern, anubias). Also most large cichlids require some vegetable matter in their diet, feed them greens and they wont be as likely to eat your plants.
But honestly getting cichlids at small sizes and growing them out in planted scapes results better than dumping in a half grown subadult which has never seen a plant.
Most of the available datnoid species are actually found in fresh water (D. microlepis, D. undecimradiatus, D. pulcher and D. Campelli). Only D. quadrifasciatus does better under brackish conditions.datnoid is a brackish water fish
Sorry to keep harping on this but I have to respectfully disagree. While they are capable of tolerating lightly brackish conditions (up to SG ~1.005), D. microlepis, D. undecimradiatus, D. pulcher and D. Campelli are all found naturally in freshwater rivers and lakes many miles away from the ocean.Keeping a tiger datnoid in fresh water will result in fungus and death.