06-11-2012, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by migdem
Thank you for your reply. The main problem with live plants are the lightning because I have very few light. 15W for 60 litre tank. What type of plants should I make for this kind of setup?
Also if you are telling me that the viejita needs 2-3 females then I guess it would be ok to have other females from another specie I guess?
On the last question, no. The male of any species interacts with females of that species. The male will spawn with the females as they are ready, and he also maintains order among them. Fish of other species are seen as a more significant threat, and each female has her own territory when guarding eggs/fry.
Also there is the issue of hybridization, something that serious aquarists frown on when it is not specifically controlled for a reason. I don't know these fish sufficiently to say if this is likely to occur, but I would want to explore that before deliberating setting up a tank with females of different species. In my limited experiences with these fish they didn't cross-species spawn, but then the females of one species killed the females of the other when defending their territory so that was that. And this last point perhaps best explains the "no."
To the plant/light question. If the tank is 60 liter that's 15 gallons, which is insufficient for more than one dwarf cichlid anyway. The 15w fluorescent tube (assuming it is a tube) is fine, I had this years ago and good plant growth. Pygmy chain sword, chain sword, any of the smaller crypts, dwarf sword. Check the profiles; and we have some of the crypts species included. Plus floating plants, definitely. Water Sprite would be my choice, but Brazilian Pennywort also works if left floating, or if planted in the substrate and allowed to grow across the surface. Amazon Frogbit, though I have no luck with this.