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Starting a 40 liter planted tank - Just for the fun of it - II

by George & John Reclos

new photos - November 2004

This tank has undergone many transformations, mainly because of the excellent growth of the Anubia plant in the center. It now occupies more than half of the surface of the tank and many plants have been removed to give it more space to grow. For some reason, I really love this plant which demands nothing but gives many in return. It has a beautiful green color, while its dense rhizome allows baby platies to hide and avoid predation by the adults. Click on the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

We were happy to notice the presence of some Xiphophorus fry in the tank. We don't know how many made it but it proves that the water parameters are correct and the dense vegetation protects the fry during the first days of their life. Having fry in any tank adds to this hobby. We have since observed at least one more birth in that tank and some smaller fry. If this goes on for some time then we may even have to thin this population a bit.

Click on the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

There is a short video clip showing the grown up platty and their tank.

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