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nonamethefish
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)11:40    Post subject: West African Biotope Reply with quote

I'm planning on getting some killies(more specifically Chromaphyosemion splendopleure). I've been toying with the idea of making the ten gallon they would be in a biotope of sorts. I've got 2 Anubias nana that I will be using and I think Bolbitus would be nice too. It would try to emulate a small rainforest stream. I think what would be really cool would be to have some plants growing partially emersed but unsure how to go about this. Anyone with any suggestions for plants, ideas etc. would be most appreciated. This will be a low light tank(15 watts-IME java fern will grow under this light). Might not be a perfect biotope as I will have some Java moss "mops" for the killies to spawn and to provide shelter for young.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)15:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi noname,

Do you have fairly shallow water for your killies?

I have been thinking about a fern-themed tank for a while. Which sounds a bit like what you're thinking. There are two lfs near me which both sell an "aquatic" fern which isn't really aquatic I think. It has quite long stems topped by very terrestrial looking fern fronds. It grows quite well with its roots and stem underwater and the fronds above (so long as it's kept humid by misting). Sadly, I don't know the name of it but it's looks very nice and would go well with bolbitis and the rainforest look. I'll try to get an ID if I can.

Other than that you could try growing bolbitus emersed. Maybe once it's well established and healthy, perhaps with spraying. I've not tried it but apparently it's possible according to here.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.30(Sat)16:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been researching a Niger River biotope for my Krib babies that were just born. The thought of a plain old fry tank just bores me. Wink

here's my plan, but I haven't researched lighting requirements on some of these, so it's still very much subject to change:

29 gallon tank...
Val. Spiralis
Crinum Natans
Ceratophyllum Demersum
Anubias Barteri

Livestock:
Breeding pair of kribs and fry
also will contain a small school of glass cats
and a couple of small sp. of synodontis
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