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post #1 of 9 Old 12-19-2006, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Plants for fry to survive

Any suggestions on what kind of plants to put in my 55g tank so that my fry will survive?
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-19-2006, 07:54 PM
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Elodeas, hornworts(Ceratophyllum demersum), Javan moss, Riccia fluitans(to be kept under bright lights), Hygrophila polysperma and Pistia stratiotes(tank should be open-topped as they hate condensation on their leaves)

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-19-2006, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Do you think that they will have these at my LFS? I already have water sprite and bacoba but theres really no hiding places for them.
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Do you think that they will have these at my LFS? I already have water sprite and bacoba but theres really no hiding places for them.
Water sprite sounds like hornwort. Hornworts are undemanding and are very fast growers.:)

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-19-2006, 10:51 PM
Fry will hide within floating plants most of the time.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-19-2006, 11:34 PM
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Water sprite is ok if you really have it thick but most plants won't provide much cover unless they have a lot of tick leaves are the leaves actually hide the fish. I have used elodea with some success, also some hornwort. I have had better success with crypts if you can believe it. They get fairly thick and the leaves are strong enough that the adults can't just chase them through the stems. I also have really good survival rates with anubias and wisteria, agasin I thin because of the density and stiffness of the leaves and stems. The fry always hide right at the bas or around the stem and dart in deep in the plant if an adult comes around.

Density is really the key and any stem plant needs to have some good density. Most LFS have elodea/anacharis so get a couple bunches and if left floating, keep them together fo denser cover. It grows fast so trimming the less atrractive parts isn't too bad.
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-27-2006, 10:17 PM
java moss

I heard java moss is really good if it is not in a thick bunch.
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-27-2006, 10:56 PM
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I heard java moss is really good if it is not in a thick bunch.
yea i would recomend that 2 i use a breeder trap and that works well, Apart from when the fry swim up throught the v shape slots they somtimes get eatin

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post #9 of 9 Old 12-28-2006, 08:55 AM
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Yea, many breeders toss in a clump of java moss. I personally use a clump of the submersum form of hornwort.

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