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post #11 of 14 Old 12-07-2012, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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ok so I need 2-3 floating water sprite and a few of the Valls and that will be enough to support a fully stocked tank while the Bacterial populate? 10-12 fish, juveniles, approx 2" range...?
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ok so I need 2-3 floating water sprite and a few of the Valls and that will be enough to support a fully stocked tank while the Bacterial populate? 10-12 fish, juveniles, approx 2" range...?
Once you get the plants in and everything is OK, add the fish slowly, a few at a time with several days between. This is advisable since there are not a lot of plants, and I don't know the size and number of them, though again the floaters are pretty good at this.

Now, I know you are dealing with rift lake cichlids and I am no expert [had some but over 25 years ago] and there may be concerns over which fish at which time. Someone like Tazman who knows these species would be good, send him a PM if he doesn't enter this thread.

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Cj, be sure those plants are non-toxic to your Africans as they will eat them. The problem I have with floating plants is any food you put in your tank is going to collect somewhat on the plant, which will entice the fish even more to eat them. If you try to plant something in the substrate, every African fish I know of is going to continually uproot it because they are sand sifters, that is how they eat. This will cause pieces of plants and roots (if you are lucky to keep it in the substrate long enough to grow roots) to be all in your tank and you will have to keep constantly netting it out. So, the plants eventually die, or quickly die and you have dead plant funk to deal with in your tank, which I am not sure what all that dead funk produces, but I would not want that in my tank water.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-07-2012, 01:20 PM
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Cj, contact me regarding how to cycle your tank
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