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Old 05-27-2011, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2-3 years old Texas and would love to see examples of others set ups? And I'm assuming they actually are from the state. Hope I'm not a fool. He is one of my favorites an he loves to dig but is it possible to keep large swords or hardy plants with him?
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Generally the Texas river cichlids like to dig too much for planted tanks, but there are folks who have oscars in their tanks with no issue. My advice would be to provide LOTS of room and some play space. Maybe a large tank with the big plants spaced for security and some open space for messing around in. Pics?
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Their natural habitat is the Rio Grande but they can also been found in the San Marcos and currently in Buffalo Bayou. A nice rock-scape would be fitting and a few large plants perhaps? For a San Marcos biotope, get a gravelly/sandy bottom with some large limestone rocks (or something similar) and plants that can handle the water hardness (and can be found in that habitat) such as Ludwigia repens, Hornwort, Cabomba, Sagittaria, Vallisneria, Fissidens, etc... If you have a pair, definitely follow mudboot's advice on space, as they will dig up and rearrange as they see fit.
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