12-10-2009, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by MrBishop
sounds good but will my fish eat them.
Some will; as was mentioned earlier in this thread, plants are great unless the fish are vegetarian or significant up-rooters. You haven't mentioned fish in this thread, but from your other thread on cichlids, I am assuming that you are considering rift lake cichlids, so no they won't eat most of them. Mbuna eat algae and I have had Vallisneria [one plant that does very well in harder water as is needed for these fish] planted in tanks with these fish and they love to graze algae from the leaves. In another current thread on duckweed (a common floating plant), one member mentioned that mbuna love to eat duckweed; as it reproduces like crazy, this would be a good source of additional nourishment, plus it is a superb water purifier as it grows so fast. There may be some rift lake cichlids that do eat plants, I am not a cichlid expert by any means, but those I've had didn't.
Most heavily-planted aquaria contain quiet fish like characins, catfish, dwarf cichlids, angels, discus, SE Asian fish like rasbora, danios, gourami, betta, loaches...none of these are plant eaters. Some of the larger loaches can disturb them with their digging.