03-14-2005, 09:03 PM
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I've got a planted African tank, although I keep strictly mbuna, and, with your lighting you might consider some other species of plants in addition to the basic Anubias and Microsorums. I wouldn't recommend mixing Haps with mbuna as the herbivorous dietary restrictions of most mbuna would conflict with your Aulonacara. Mbuna (Labs and a few other excluded) require a low-protein (read: not much live food) diet or they may suffer from Malawi bloat. That's why you don't see them kept with mbuna very often. It's hard to provide the Haps with the high-protein, live food diet that they like without risking giving your mbuna too much protein and clogging their digestive tracts. I recommend sticking stictly with Haps like Peacocks/Aulonocara.
But this doesn't mean you can't keep some truly nice plants either. You've got the lights to grow some nice Ludwigia and Ceratopteris species if you give them a chance. They're not too particular about CO2, and you won't have much of that in an African tank. Try L. repens and possibly C. thallictroides. Also you might consider Hygrophila wisteria or Hygrophila difformis which may also grow well in your water conditions. I've also grown nice examples of all types of Java fern and Marsilea spp. in hard water. Give them a shot, you'd be surprised what will grow in good light and hard water.
Last edited by travis; 03-15-2005 at 08:22 AM..