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  1. plants that like, (or tolerate?) salt for livebearers
    by ac554/FreeNet.Carleton.CA (David Whittaker) (21 Nov 1997)
  2. [B] Brackish Plants (part 1 of unknown)
    by sessoms/med.unc.edu (Eric S. Sessoms) (Wed, 28 Apr 1993)

plants that like, (or tolerate?) salt for livebearers

by ac554/FreeNet.Carleton.CA (David Whittaker)
Date: 21 Nov 1997
Newsgroup: rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants


D. Erway (derway-at-NO.SPAM-ndc.com) writes:
> What plants like the little bit of salt, (1-2 tsp / 5 gallons) used with the
> liverbearers?

Hello Don,

Here is my stock answer.

Java moss, java fern, hornwort and water sprite all do well. My local
water is very soft at 2 to 3 dH. I've read that Cryptocoryne ciliata,
Anacharis, Elodea densa, Hygrophila polysperma, and Vallisneria
gigantea also do well up to and perhaps above specific gravity 1.0023.

I successfully used to add 2 grams per gallon salt (about 2 level
teaspoons per 5 gallons) to my molly tank with no ill effect.
--
Dave Whittaker
ac554-at-FreeNet.Carleton.ca


[B] Brackish Plants (part 1 of unknown)

by sessoms/med.unc.edu (Eric S. Sessoms)
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1993
Newsgroup: rec.aquaria

a close friend of mine without posting privs has been keeping brackish
tanks for close to two million years now and has a little to offer
on the subject of keeping plants in a brackish aquarium.  here goes:

>-java moss does well, but it collects particles and needs to be rinsed 
>out occasionally.  it sits at the bottom and will adhere to rocks and 
>driftwood if left alone for awhile.  if there are fish in the tank that 
>constantly 'pick' at stuff, it'll wind up in individual strands scattered 
>all over your tank, but mostly stuck to your filter.  it's really good 
>for baby fish to hide in, however, if it stays in a clump.

>-java ferns do REALLY well.  they attach to stuff too, but to get them to 
>do this, it's best to rubberband them to something to get it started.

>-in my experience, wysteria does well, but it's not mentioned in the 
>books.  quite possibly it's just hardy enough to take almost anything.  
>in brackish, it takes on a neat lime green color and grows pretty fast.

>-vallinesera (sp??)--the regular or corkscrew varieties--is reputed to do 
>well, but i've never had luck with it under any conditions.  i think my 
>gravel was too course for it.

>-i've heard that the amazon sword plants do well, but i've never owned 
>them myself.

i should also add a caution.  do NOT, under any circumstances, attempt
to keep any variety of scat in a planted tank.  to rephrase:

	SCATS + PLANTS = SCATS

i have seen what i presume to be doctored photos of scats in planted
tanks, but the only thing i know of that the wont eat is carrots.  just
a caution.  :)

	-- eric
	   sessoms-at-med.unc.edu


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