Cichlids and plants? (plus other Cichlid questions)
I am currently cycling a 55g walstad type tank. I have about 3 dozen mosquito fish in it right now, but no plants or inverts yet. After cycling, the mosquito fish will go back into my pond and I'd like to start a cichlid tank. I don't know much about cichlids but based on my research I am planning to have 3 males and twice as many females initially, and hope that they split into breeding groups and I get some fry.
I have found some conflicting information regarding cichlids and plants... Some say it isn't possible, others say it's fine.
Can anyone recommend some colorful cichlids that do well in a heavily panted tank? Can I mix different cichlids as long as the male/female ratio is ok? And finally, what are some good plants for use in a medium light / diy co2 tank that can stand an occasional nipping and digging?
It should be noted that I am not looking to have a "scaped" tank, but more of a natural look, so I'm not sure if this is even an issue. I also don't mind giving the plants some extra time to take root before stocking if that is necessary.
Thanks for any advice / opinions,