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lowco1 04-15-2009 06:54 PM

plants and cichlids
I want to try and put some live plants into my cichlid tank but I dont want to buy the expensive lights and I dont want the cichlids to eat the plants so I was wondering if anybody out there knows any plants that I can try out. Would anacharis be a good plant?

willow 04-16-2009 03:26 AM

yes i think that will be fine,and java fern too,
if you are looking to soften the rock work,you could add silk plants,
that what i did.

lowco1 04-17-2009 01:15 AM

I have silk plant in there now but I wanted to give the live plants a try too.

willow 04-17-2009 03:39 AM

not a problem,to be honest i don't think of it as a problem that the eat the plants,
i see them as a food sorce,and another surface for a little algae to go on.
i wouldn't put anything truely expensive in there with them,as they are likely
to uproot them,when it comes to them digging burrows anyway.
i guess perhaps to protect the roots you could leave them potted ?

watts300 04-17-2009 12:18 PM

I'm having luck with cryptocoryne wendtii. I have a regular 20L hood with whatever lamp is came with. There is also an incandescent lamp sitting next to my aquarium. They're growing slow but steady.
In fact I just bought some more.

The chameleon plants (Houttuynia cordata) were growing fantastically until the loaches started eating them. That's why I got more of the other.

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