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post #1 of 5 Old 12-04-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Plant friendly cichlids?

Are there any cichlids that would do well in a heavily planted 29 gallon with a neutral ph? (6.8)

I've always thought that my tank would look amazing with some fish in it that are a bit larger and more colorful than what are in it now (assorted tetras and corys). There is a BN Pleco in there that I would like to keep there if possible, so I would prefer that whatever stocking suggestions I get are compatible with her. (She's my favorite!)

And if cichlids won't work, are there any suggestions that fit the above parameters? :P

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-04-2010, 10:12 PM
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you could try some....angels fish , kribensis,or rams as in microgeophagus ramerezi

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-05-2010, 01:31 PM
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Almost any of the South American dwarf cichlid fish would work. There are many species in the genus Apistogramma, or one of the most beautiful the Checkerboard varieties in Discrosus [these latter are all in our fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar above]. The two species in Mikrogeophagus (common Blue Ram and Bolivian Ram). These fish all do best in well planted tanks, and dither fish like tetra and non-aggressive catfish work fine.


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post #4 of 5 Old 12-05-2010, 02:17 PM
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Not speaking from experience, but I've read firemouth cichlids will work in a planted tank. You could only have a pair in a 29g though, as they get fairly large. (6-7 inches)
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-07-2011, 09:23 PM
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Not speaking from experience, but I've read firemouth cichlids will work in a planted tank. You could only have a pair in a 29g though, as they get fairly large. (6-7 inches)
I have a firemouth in my tank. My tank is not planted though. I have fake plants that he actually likes to live in. He doesnt disturb them, just hangs out and swims inbetween the leaves. But I think if they were real it could go either way...wouldnt disturb them, or maybe he might a little bit. But I agree with mixtaplix, I dont think a firemouth would bother plants.

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