08-04-2011, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Ami
I've been looking at some really pretty cichlids at PETCO and Petsmart in Lincoln.
I was wondering if there is a dwarf variety out there that might be OK with plants and not shred them up? Also, will they be OK with soft acidic water with cory cats, oto cats, zebra danios and neon tetras?
Or is it better to start a new tank and stick to an only rock based decor?
South american cichlids usually will do well in soft acidic water, some of them will do well with live plants, others not so much. My angels and bolivian rams do fine with my live plants. My pink convicts that I just got I have done fake plants with since I read that they can be hard on live plants, although I have placed some live floating plants in with them, will see how that works out. The Africian cichlids need hard akaline water. Depending on what your ph is and also what your kh is you might be able to raise the ph by using a substrate that will raise the ph like crushed coral, and also there are specific cichlid subtrates out there. Is there a particular type of cichlid that you are interested in? Also with the fish that you have already you would be better with doing a new tank centered around them, the zebra danios can be a little to active for some of the slower more sedate south american cichlids, although corys and I believe ottos will be fine with them. Not sure if you are familar with the fish profiles here, but it would be a good place for researching the different type of cichlids available and their requirements. The link can be found at the top of the page second tab from the left.
Last edited by BarbH; 08-04-2011 at 12:12 PM..
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