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Need some ideas for low light plants in an African Cichlid tank.

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Need some ideas for low light plants in an African Cichlid tank.
Old 08-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #1
 
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Need some ideas for low light plants in an African Cichlid tank.

Suggestions for low light requirement plants that I can plant in an African Cichlid aquarium.

Here is a good thread that you can read:
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:05 PM   #2
 
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I have a little experience here, if you are going to keep the water parameters to mirror their natural environment you need plants that can tolerate brackish water. So far the only ones I have found that fit this are hornwort and java moss. For others check to see what plants actually grow in their natural environment. The cool thing about java moss is that since you can sandwich it between 2 pieces of mesh and form them to you heart's desire it means you can make green living caves for you fish to hide in
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:15 PM   #3
 
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Duckweed is nice since the upper type plants roots look really cool

Java moss will do fine too. some swords if you say you have lighting or a ceiling light.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:10 AM   #4
 
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Will Java Fern and Anubias work?
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:43 AM   #5
 
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Vallisneria is the ideal plant for rift lake cichlid tanks, since it naturally grows in the lakes themselves and thrives in hard water. Corkscrew Vallisneria can be very effective as a stand with a sand substrate, with open areas and rockwork. Some fish may eat it, but others won't, so depending upon what fish you have Vallisneria is worth considering. It spreads quite fast via runners, so even if it does get nibbled a bit, it will likely survive.

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Old 08-13-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
 
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[quote=RedRaider15;1194069]Will Java Fern and Anubias work?

Unfortunatly no not really the water for African Cichlid will kill both and I don't know on the duck weed's requirements unless you are going for no or very low salt. This site I found "aquariumplants.com" has all the plants we've mentioned and they have a profile for their water requirements. They are an excellent information resource and prices are good but shipping is a dozy.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:12 PM   #7
 
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My water has no salt. How about Flame Moss?

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:05 PM   #8
 
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I am not that up on my rift lake species, but many of them will eat plants or graze algae, which is one main reason finding suitable plants is difficult. These fish graze algae from the rocks, and I would suspect that moss growing on the rocks would readily be grazed and eaten or destroyed in any event.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:09 PM   #9
 
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I have silk plants in right now and they don't chew on them, and all of my fish are carnivorous.
I had a Pathos Ivy in, and they did not eat the roots.

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Old 08-14-2012, 12:07 AM   #10
 
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Flame moss will grow but not well or fast (and you need fast growing plants) in lowlight. That is why I said java moss it does well in just about any situation. If your fish start eating all your plants then it might be good to plant seed plants in your quarantine tank and put it in a window. They might not be eating your plants but cichlids are also known for rearranging the tank to their desire which will kill plants with roots or rip leaves off of plants tied in place.
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