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spidangular
02-20-2016, 07:05 AM
I know my opinion is the only one that matters but... Which do you prefer?


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bluefalcon505
02-20-2016, 07:33 AM
Without them, they will tear them apart. What kind of rock are those.


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spidangular
02-20-2016, 07:34 AM
Dragon stone. Rumors has it they'll be okay because they're Anubis, but I think I'll leave them out. The fish are easier to see when they're the only color in the tank.


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bluefalcon505
02-20-2016, 07:42 AM
I agree. I didn't like the look of it when I had tried it myself. I thought it was dragon stone, it's hard for me to find any of it.


Matt H.

aXio
02-20-2016, 09:20 AM
I say with out as well. Looks much cleaner and I agree eventually the plants will die off if the fish don't tear them up. Peacocks/Mbunas love the veggies. But if you are keeping the pH high for Africans and salting the tank then that will eventually kill off the Anubias in my opinion.

Also are those Paradise Fish in there with them or some kind of really long fin Peacocks?

Pierre
02-20-2016, 09:50 AM
My experience is that Anubias are able to grow in a rift lake tanks (I put 1 tbs of Epson salt, 1 tsp of salt and 1 tps of baking soda / 5 gal). I also found that vallisneria do well in these conditions. So, I'll go with the green ;-)

bluefalcon505
02-20-2016, 09:58 AM
The only plants that have ever worked for me are fake ones. Yes what kind of fish is that one.


Matt H.

Tropical
02-20-2016, 12:47 PM
I agree. I didn't like the look of it when I had tried it myself. I thought it was dragon stone, it's hard for me to find any of it.


Matt H.

Petland in Dunwoody has lots of dragon stone in several sizes.

I'd go without plants as well, maybe fake ones.

bluefalcon505
02-22-2016, 12:49 PM
I'm going to have take a drive down there one day.


Matt H.

Demonfish
02-22-2016, 02:54 PM
I like plants in Malawi tanks, even though its not accurate. But I usually only have a floating wad of hornwort.