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post #11 of 14 Old 10-05-2009, 01:00 AM
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Seconding rohland. Some cichlids can be mischievous little buggers and seem to dig up your substrate just to annoy you. (I know they don't actually mean it, they're animals. but yeah, my friend found it a bit frustrating)

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-05-2009, 06:51 AM
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oh, that could be a little more challenging... do you have to keep replanting some or are they fairly good are not digging that much.

I just don't plant them in silly places, such as in the middle of a cave.

No fish is going to dig about everywhere for no reason. Essentially the only reason cichlids dig is to make caves bigger, or to dig a pit for breeding/fry raising and since I have no pairs in the tank there's no worry of the latter.

The only time I have to replant is if the crab comes out of the filter. He's a bloody lumberjack to say the least.
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I just don't plant them in silly places, such as in the middle of a cave.

No fish is going to dig about everywhere for no reason. Essentially the only reason cichlids dig is to make caves bigger, or to dig a pit for breeding/fry raising and since I have no pairs in the tank there's no worry of the latter.

The only time I have to replant is if the crab comes out of the filter. He's a bloody lumberjack to say the least.
Many cichlids will dig around in substrate for no reason at all other than it's what they do. Yes breeding and spawning activity will result in digging for some species. Others do it cause it's what they do in the wild while searching for crusteaceans,snails,worms,and other foods.
Best way of planting plants for some cichlids ,is to plant them in pots.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-06-2009, 08:14 AM
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Many cichlids will dig around in substrate for no reason at all other than it's what they do. Yes breeding and spawning activity will result in digging for some species. Others do it cause it's what they do in the wild while searching for crusteaceans,snails,worms,and other foods.
Best way of planting plants for some cichlids ,is to plant them in pots.

I guess I got lucky then! Mine are little angels.



Edit: Figuratively speaking, they are not literally angel fish..
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