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post #1 of 5 Old 04-15-2009, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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plants and cichlids

I want to try and put some live plants into my cichlid tank but I dont want to buy the expensive lights and I dont want the cichlids to eat the plants so I was wondering if anybody out there knows any plants that I can try out. Would anacharis be a good plant?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-16-2009, 04:26 AM
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yes i think that will be fine,and java fern too,
if you are looking to soften the rock work,you could add silk plants,
that what i did.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-17-2009, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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I have silk plant in there now but I wanted to give the live plants a try too.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-17-2009, 04:39 AM
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not a problem,to be honest i don't think of it as a problem that the eat the plants,
i see them as a food sorce,and another surface for a little algae to go on.
i wouldn't put anything truely expensive in there with them,as they are likely
to uproot them,when it comes to them digging burrows anyway.
i guess perhaps to protect the roots you could leave them potted ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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I'm having luck with cryptocoryne wendtii. I have a regular 20L hood with whatever lamp is came with. There is also an incandescent lamp sitting next to my aquarium. They're growing slow but steady.
In fact I just bought some more.

The chameleon plants (Houttuynia cordata) were growing fantastically until the loaches started eating them. That's why I got more of the other.

3 Platies, 1 molly mut, 1 Siamese algae eater, 2 Neolamprologus Facicula cichlids
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