05-08-2012, 03:45 PM
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are there any floating plants that do well in hard water? I like amazon frogbit but I think that is out of the question
Originally Posted by Byron
It will help to have the answer to Olympia's last question, but I will assume for the moment the GH and KH are ppm, since the pH is slightly acidic.
Livebearers will not last in this water, and Endlers Livebearer [as someone mentioned, click the name for the profile with info] need mineral in their water. Fortunately there are simple ways to achieve this. Using a calcareous substrate is the best. Calcareous means the sand or gravel is made from rock having a high calcium/magnesium content. For a 10g tank with Endlers, I would select sand, CarribSea make one from crushed coral and aragonite that is good. However, I would not have any of the "dwarf" species of cory over this.
The enriched substrates like Flourite are in my view a waste of money. And substrate fish can have problems.
If you are intent on having fry, you should have 2 females to each male at minimum. So in a 10g maybe 2 or 3 males, and 6-7 females. But, you will have fry continually, and getting rid of them is not always easy. A store that says it will take them once, may not again unless there is a very ready market. And a couple hundred fry in a 10g will be disastrous in no time.
An authentic aquascape would be the sand, some chunks of bogwood (Malaysian Driftwood is good and readily available in many stores) and live plants, especially floating but some substrate-rooted plants too like Corkscrew Vallisneria which does so well in harder water.