Originally Posted by DrivingMissFishy
In wanting to add some live plants to my 100gal African tank. Wondering if anyone has had success with any plants in the high ph hard water conditions? Assuming the plants wont be eaten, what should I go for? I won't be doing anything special like CO2 but could add fertilizers. From what I've read it seems like maybe Anubias and java? Any advice would be appreciated!
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You might get away with the anubia,java fern, attached to wood or rocks but rooted plant's in African tank are an iffy proposistion.
If you were to feed a pellet food such as New life Spectrum which has plenty of vegetable,fruit content,on regular(daily) basis, then you might be able to plant larger Sword plant's, or Vallesneria which likes hard alkaline water.
Problem is getting the African's to leave the plant's alone when they are young(the plant's) so that they can get established.(the food mentioned will help here)
Could purchase Mother plant's (Aquariumplants.com) such as Swords and Crypt's and these may stand a better chance than young plant's.
I have also grown plant's in pot's for tank's holding larger South American cichlid's with some success.
These are easy to move for gravel vaccuming and more difficult for fish to uproot.
Hope some of this helps.