Odd Duck Posted August 20, 2021 Share Posted August 20, 2021 Didn’t somebody post an angelfish biotope plant list not too long ago? Or maybe that was a discus plant list? I can’t remember now which it was. If somebody has an angelfish biotope plant list (I know that actually covers a range of variable biotopes) that’s what I’m wanting. I know that swords, Vals, Amazon frogbit would all be reasonable options, but what else? I’ve never been a huge fan of stem plants but I’m willing to try. The tank is 21” deep with moderate to low lighting. Plants will need to be relatively low maintenance. Very much NOT interested in duckweed no matter that it would fit the biotope. 😆 I’m planning a sort of eroding stream margin look with driftwood branches arching over from high on one end to simulate exposed roots and Vals as the main focus plant to help hide the spot where the branches arise. I’m thinking I’ll have to use some kind of hook over the side of the tank at an upper, back corner as an attachment point for the “origin” point of the “roots”. I already have some plastic hooks designed to go over a door that I think will work. Then zip ties may be my friend for attaching the branches. I’d like some smaller plants to look like they “caught” and rooted around where some of the branches hit the sand bottom, I’m thinking maybe ‘Red Pearl’ swords for this. It will be a pool filter sand cap over heavy clay soil with some Osmocote mixed into the soil. I’ll probably have some half buried river rocks (I have plenty left over from the 75 G project). Might do some ‘Red Flame’ swords for between/among rocks. With light green Val as the most abundant plant, plus some moss(es) the tank will need some more color. I’ll only be using fairly plain colored rocks since I don’t want them to be the focus. I'm very open to thoughts, recommendations, ideas on how to attach the branches at their “origin” in an upper corner. I have silicone, can get fish safe epoxy putty, superglue, etc, for attaching wood but don’t want to glue it to the actual tank wall. I could also make a slate piece to drill through, then into the bases of the “roots”, then hang the slate for the origin point. Do you think I will need to put some slate at the bottom tips of the “roots” to help keep them in place and give them weight? I have assorted mosses that I’ll pick from to put on some roots and could use to help hide the “root” origin. Any other thoughts for reasonably low maintenance, moderate to low light plants to fit the angelfish biotope? Since I got so long-winded, here are my questions: 1. How do I attach my branches/“roots” at the top, back corner of the tank without gluing to the tank itself? 2. Do I add slate to the tips of the “roots” where they meet the substrate to add weight and stability? 3. What plants fit a fairly broad definition of an angelfish biotope besides Vals, swords, moss, and Amazon frogbit? (duckweed doesn’t count because I’m not going there) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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