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bhone20 06-05-2008 08:39 PM

Live plants.
I am wanting to purchase some live plants for my three 10 gallon tanks.Each tank has a Convict in it. I have read that they eat plants in the wild.So, is there a plant that would be good for the tanks that they can munch on and not kill it. and if so, what do I need if I put in a live plant.I have no knowledge of live plants and how to care for them yet.


Busgod 06-05-2008 11:49 PM

cichlids dont like java ferns: my cichlids dug them up thou but diden't eat them!

bhone20 06-06-2008 01:17 AM

Do they grow large and are they easy to care for?

iamntbatman 06-06-2008 01:37 AM

I've got some java fern that's over 12" tall. No special lighting is used, just plain old flourescents. No fertilizer or special substrate is used. I found out recently that apparently you're not supposed to plant this stuff in the gravel and instead should attach it to driftwood or rocks to let it anchor on, but I had the bigger plant stuck right in the aquarium gravel. It sort of anchored itself to the gravel so it doesn't move around. It has grown pretty well (although it's a fairly slow-growing plant) in these conditions.

I've heard from other sources that even the most die-hard vegetarian fish don't really like java fern and will leave it alone. Definitely one of my favorite aquarium plants.

bhone20 06-06-2008 10:49 AM

Thanx!! I'm gonna give it a try.

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