08-14-2010, 03:19 PM
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If you are going to plant a cichlid tank, wait until they have arranged it. Then, observe where they live, they normally have a hole they dig out to live and sleep, and where they swim. They are not random in their "decorating" they make a bed and swimming lanes and clear sight lines to keep watch over their territory. If you obstruct any of these with plants or decor, real or fake they will move it or destroy it. If it is too heavy or tough to destroy they will rearrange everything with the new immovable object in mind. Typically with a cichlid corners and on top of rocks and wood are the only options. Because they don't eat plants species choice isn't as important as location. Just something for anyone who really wants their cichlids to enjoy the benefits of plants. I currently have a 10g planted tank housing a single mature male convict cichlid.