05-06-2012, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by nags
Ok, after all the information that was given to me in my last post, you guys have cohorst me to give live plants a try lol I went out and bought a bundle of dark green Anacharis. I have most of it floating with 1 stem in my gravel. I think it looks really cool but I have a question, I seems that my flakes get tangled up in it and never make it around the tank will this be a problem during feeding time? also I think it was Bryon that told me on a side note that my tank was over stocked I have cut it back to my 3 glass cats, 3 male fancy guppies and 1 oto cat. is this better for my 10 gallon? thanks for all the help i have received here I love this site!!!!
As far as the tank being over stocked, in such a small tank it would be hard not to over stock, I have a 29g and that is totally over stocked. I'll let the experts help you with this issue, as I have no idea really. It is hard to balance the bioload of the fish and the tank/filter's ability to deal with all the waste efficiently against the needs of certain fish to be in a group, the glass cats I believe need to be in groups of 6 or more, the same with most tetras etc. but what do you do if you have such a small tank? its difficult.
Anyway, the floating anacharis... this is just an issue with floating plants. the surface of my tank is covered in dwarf water lettuce and salvinia, and when I feed flakes or have to go into the tank for any reason I just have scoop it all to the side, or create a little opening. You can turn the filter off while feeding, as long as you remember to put it back on immediately after!! this will stop any swirling etc. I would plant the anacharis, and get some Green Cabomba that stuff grows like wildfire! if you can find some other kind of true floating plant, like those I have mentioned and there are some more it would be better to float those, as the effect the root system has at the top of the tank is beautiful!! but the fact you have delved into the world of real plants is a major bonus.
It will only be a matter of time before you find another plant you like, and in that goes etc etc....
Ps, you could probably find and buy some floating plants of off ebay. I did, but I live in the uk so not sure about america. I presume thats where you live?