Malawies and plants

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  1. Nico.Ferreira

    Nico.Ferreira Member

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    I heard that the malawis like eating the plants in the tank? Is there any plants they wont eat? Any advice on keeping them?
     
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    Try tougher plants.
    Like Anubias or Java fern. More robust forms of Vallis, or Amazon swords

    problem is that they constantly dig in the substrate,so you need to put a "collar" of pebbles around the base of the plant to protect it from being dug up.
     
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    I have mine with Java ferns, bolbitis and some other ferns I don't know the name of. They're all growing on rocks and wood.
     
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    Luckily it is possible. Was very dissappinted when i heard. Really dont want to go the "plastic" route, rather leave it then. Unfortunately chilly souce on leaves wont help
     
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    GOOD quality plastic and silk plants can look amazing - just saying !!
     
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    They can.
    I have seen some really good articles in PFK magazine re fake plants
    From what I have seen, is lighting is key. With rubbish lighting, the setup won't look good.
    But if the lighting is good, then the whole setup really does look excellent.
     
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    I know this is an old thread but I felt this question fits here.

    So Anubias and Java fern work well in a Malawi tank. The biggest problem is that the fish uproot the plants.

    Now to my understanding, there are a few ways around this. Sandwiching the plant between some rocks, tieing the plant to a rock with string/fishing line or using glue to glue the plant to a rock.

    Has anyone tried the glue method and what glue did you use. I saw that most of the guys on youtube use a gel type super glue.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Hendre More fish?

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    I tie on usually
     
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    I use gel superglue, and it works well.
    It tends to turn white when submerged, and can be unsightly at first.
    Within a few weeks you can't even see it anymore.
     
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    I use fishing line incase I want to move it
     
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    I have used gel superglue with great success in the past, all my Anubia plants are glued to those black river stones one can buy at your local nursery.
     
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    I usually tie on and wait for the plants to root onto the rocks or wood. Then it's set for life unless you want to move them around. I set mine to individual rocks for the java ferns and a large rock for bolbitus as it tends to grow big, so that I can move them around until I'm happy with the layout. The anubias stay tied to wood. I have two bucephalandra - just realised the rocks are too small so may move them to bigger rocks.
     
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    Super glue for me. Don't have the patience to wrap it with thread and for some or other reason my thread kept comming off before the plant has attatched

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    I have used super glue and the Seachem glue a few times... somehow i always manage to land up with glue everywhere...
    I also found it turned white in the water and plants came off after a while but probably i didnt do it very well..

    Now i use the very small cable ties.. they dont come off and once the plants grow, you cant see them
     
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    I've found the gel superglue works great. Used to use the cotton thread but as others have mentioned, no matter how much you'd wrap and tie it, it came loose and there would be long strings floating around.
    I have both Anubias and Java Ferns with the malawis. Simply glue the plants on a rock and it will help wonders with the constant digging and moving of the sand :)
     
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    the reason why thread usually comes off is because it's either cotton or thread - I use fishing line, works for a very very long time. The thing is you have to know how to tie knots is a bonus as mine never unravel.
     
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    The tying of the knot isn't the problem. I think I'm wrapping it not tight enough, don' want to damage/cut the plant, and then after a while it unwraps itself. I normally ad some moss to the glued part to cover the white glue

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