i have a 55 gallon tank with an albino oscar( about 8 inches) a blood parrot, an earth eater, a common pleco and a bristle nose pleco. they all get along and know their place in the tank and its been that way for months now. i relize i will have to upgrade eventually but for now i would like to work on this tank. i have fake plants in the tank now but i have a green thumb and about 5 other planted aquariums. im looking for some plants to liven up this tank. i know what plants work with africans and my cichlids in there right now do not seem to bother the fake plants. but is there a way to secure the live plants so the earth eater wont pick them out of the gravel? i was thinking just a few swords and some crypts with some jungle val.