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Echinodorus spp.
February 24, 2011
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Matt
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I'm going to relpace the cheapo plastic tubs I use for the Aphanius with pre-formed ponds this Spring. Do you think I'll be able to grow Echinodorus outdoors and emerse? If not, any suggestions for interesting plants likely to do well in water that can fluctuate between 15-35°C over the course of 24 hours?

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February 24, 2011
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I reckon Egeria (Elodea) densa would cope. I also reckon Microsorium pteropus would tolerate the warmer water.

Would tying some java moss to some rocks and wood also benefit the fish at all? I'm sure the moss would also survive.

What water params will you have in the ponds?

February 24, 2011
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Sagittaria species no problems and they look a bit like Echinodorus. I have two species in the biotope tank you have seen pics of. One is the Arrowhead and i forget what the other is but they do very well and both have a submered and emergent stage of growth

February 24, 2011
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Cool, might try a few Sagittaria, think they'd do ok in pots Colin?

Jared hadn't considered Java fern...Anubias neither...hmm... Was planning on trying a few dwarf lilies too. PH in the ponds will be quite high, 7.5-8.5 and probably around 9.0 for the Cualac. Oh, and there'll be a very small amount of salt in two of them but nothing approaching brackish.

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February 24, 2011
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yeah just use some garden soil in the pot then a layer of sand or gravel. My tank is set up the same way - just make sure its free of pesticides etc /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

February 25, 2011
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Looking forward to seeing the pics Matt.

Will the resulting fry be released into the wilds of Espana?

February 25, 2011
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Definitely not. The species I have at home are from Turkey and Mexico while the ones we work with as part of the conservation project are all bred in situ at the site itself.

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February 26, 2011
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Don't ask me why but I thought you were breeding native spanish species at home. And knowing you're involved in a conservation project I wondered if they'd be heading back to the wild. I'm not suggesting you're involved in some dodgy and dubious illegal release mate! lol

On topic, are plant species easy to obtain over there?

February 26, 2011
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Heh, I know you weren't suggesting that. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Aquarium plant species you mean? Well despite the fish hobby being so poor here the planted aquarium one is relatively strong so the selection isn't bad. Mostly very expensive Tropica stuff though.

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