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DanMarion 12-04-2010 09:19 PM

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

badxgillen 12-04-2010 10:12 PM

cichlids
 
you could try some....angels fish , kribensis,or rams as in microgeophagus ramerezi

Byron 12-05-2010 01:31 PM

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.

Byron.

mixtaplix 12-05-2010 02:17 PM

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)

LasColinasCichlids 01-07-2011 09:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mixtaplix (Post 527448)
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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