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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2009, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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Cichlids and carpet plants

Is it possible to have some kind of carpet plants with cichlids. Here is the list of plants :

I really like the look of some of these plants but im afraid that my fish will devour them within minutes. FYI i have bunch of African and few jewel cichlids.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2009, 03:57 AM
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i am going to keep an eye on this to find out for my self. since i am thinking about putting cichlid's in my 29 gallon
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2009, 07:23 PM
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most africans will destroy most plants.. i am not sure of jewels specifically i have seen them in planted tanks before and the tanks look great so i would say jewels would be the better bet
rams, green terrors, firemouths, and severums ive kept in my planted and have not have any problems with
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Damn thanks.... I guess im gonna have to kill em...
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I have kept Apistogramma cacatuoides in a planted tank with no problems what so ever.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2009, 08:36 PM
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Red jewels are pretty easy on plants. A pair may dig a hole in the substrate for fry but they don't just dig for the fun of it. The rift lake africans... I toss in plant trimmings as snacks. They think Riccia is yummy. Really depends on what kind though, my Tangs don't touch plants and my yellow Labs don't really either. My other mbuna and Vics just destroy them. Since the ideal water conditions for them are not really plant-friendly and they prefer rocks and shells anyways, I don't even try. There are a good number of cichlids, even omnivorous types, that will do okay with plants, especially if you supply them with enough veggie material in their diet. For the widest selection, look to the New World Cichlids, SAs and CAs.
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