Couple questions for ciclids and plants - do they dig them up and eat them?
(60g cube, 2x Marineland Double Bright systems, 1-2x circ pumps)
Pretty much what the title says. I am going to be getting a new tank in about 2 months so I am doing great planning so I have a perfect set up. I am thinking about getting 2-3 German Red Peacocks, and maybe 2-3 others.
Will they dig up real plants and/or eat them?
Also - to condense algae control, what algae eaters would you recommend? The regular plecos or something in the catfish region.
Also - can you use any grain size gravel for plants?
Thanks in advance
I have no experience with the cichlids you're looking to get but a lot of cichlids do pick up and move around gravel. That can cause the plants to become unrooted and float around. I'd say just buy some cheaper ones and see what happens. If they make it then try more.
I'd try a bristlenose pleco or a small school of Otos. Either will keep the algae under control for you. Make sure though that you wait to buy them until you have algae. You don't want them to starve in a new tank.
You can use pretty much any substrate with plants. Some works better than others though for burying the roots and holding them down.
These cichlids occur in Lake Malawi, one of the African rift lakes. The substrate there is sand, with extensive rock formations. I don't know these cichlids (Peacocks) well, but if they do move the substrate about or use it in spawning, it should be sand and not gravel. Crushed coral sand or aragonite sand is ideal as it will maintain the necessary hardness and pH. There are also special rift lake substrates, though likely more expensive.
Plants will likely have a hard time managing, but Vallisneria is ideal as it occurs naturally in Lake Malawi and (obviously) does very well in hard water.
There are some members here with considerable experience in rift lake cichlids, and they may be able to expand on the above.
Okay great, so aragonite sand with some nice rock formation it will be.
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