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healynn 12-19-2006 07:49 PM

Plants for fry to survive
 
Any suggestions on what kind of plants to put in my 55g tank so that my fry will survive?

Lupin 12-19-2006 07:54 PM

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)

healynn 12-19-2006 07:58 PM

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.

Lupin 12-19-2006 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by healynn
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.:)

crazie.eddie 12-19-2006 10:51 PM

Fry will hide within floating plants most of the time.

fish_4_all 12-19-2006 11:34 PM

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.

musho3210 12-27-2006 10:17 PM

java moss
 
I heard java moss is really good if it is not in a thick bunch.

KishFeeper 12-27-2006 10:56 PM

Re: java moss
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by musho3210
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 :cry:

dasmall1 12-28-2006 08:55 AM

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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