I really really really like south American fish. Apistos, rams, tetras. And I like plants. I switched to planted tanks from Africans, oh, 22 years ago.
But my tap water is KH 10, GH 10, and it's been a constant fight to keep that nice, soft water with proper buffering and water chemistry.
And so, as I'm slowly bringing my 200 gallon back online I am considering going with what nature and my city water utility are giving me. I'm thinking of a tank with some peacocks and perhaps some other Africans (NOT mbuna!). The tank is high tech high light with CO2 injection, Seachem onyx sand substrate. The tank is hard plumbed into a RO system, if I go African I can ditch the RO and just fill/water change through a micron filter and carbon block.
I've got lots of limestone all around the yard that I can use for in the tank. (It's why my water is liquid rock - I'm sitting on a big shield of limestone/dolomite.) I'm thinking of tying some Anubias on limestone, a large sword or two, and I've got a whole colony of a bronze crypt (~foot tall) and crypt spiralis that are heavily rooted and should/may resist the fish digging. Also have some chain swords that may or may not survive the changeover if I do it.
Thoughts? Will these plants survive the water and the cichlid onslaught? Other plant suggestions?
Edit - OK, with a google search I found this on APC:
Any other experiences?