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Planted African Cichlid Tank? I have a cichlid tank. I have enough light on it for low light plants and such.

Labidochromis 'yellow dorsal' m'amba is what is in the tank, and so far, I havn't had any issues with them eating duckweed (which my saulosi love), vals, hornwort, etc.

Anyways...Have any of you kept these fish in planted tanks with plants such as some stems, crypts, etc.?

reccomendations for plants other than anubias, ferns, etc. that I could possibly keep? I know nothing is fool proof, but I was thinking that maybe someone might have good luck with some plants over others.

Thanks for any advice!

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Hornwort is considered "herbivore proof" but a 30 inch stem of mine shrunk down to a bare twig within a day when I put it in with tinfoil barbs. Never owned african cichlids but you should try a few different plants.

They completely ignore my Crinum thaianum. (onion plant) After the first day when they nibbled on the leaf ends and uprooted it once or twice, it has been totally nibble free... for months...

My Asian Ambulia is relatively unscathed as well, but it is hidden behind a barrier of fake plants.

PS: It is growing under 3 39 watt T5s... However, my light fixture says "3 x 21 watt" But I have never seen a 21 watt T5 bulb that long.

There is a guy in AGA aquascaping contest who made an african cichlid planted tank (I couldn't find it again) but that proves that it is possible.
DONT EXPECT to do well with moss, it gets pulled up all over the place. They won't eat it, but it will never get to attach... in my experience. Perhaps if you grew it emersed or in a seperate tank, you could succeed.

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my saulosis eat hornwort...lots of it...haha same with duckweed. When I have too much, I scoop out what I can and put it in the saulosi tank. Then I don't have to feed them for a couple of days...haha

I"ve tried mosses before in other tank, and even though it grew amazingly, and was beautiful, in the long run it's just another algae

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Here are two pictures of Tom Barr's planted African Cichlid/Congo Tetra tank. It looks really nice.

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there was an awesome mbuna planted tank i'd seen on this site. the last time i looked at it, the picture links didn't work anymore.

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Here's mine: (scroll down for the mbuna)

I can't say my plants do great, but I'm still fiddling with light and CO2. There is some tearing at some of them - the narrowleaf hygro seems to be torn up here and there, but not to the point of total destruction.

Admittedly there are much worse plant-eaters than mine



72g bowfront planted, CO2, 4x - T5HO, Eheim 2213 and 2217, 2 angels, pristella tetras, blue tetras, betta, albino bristlenose pleco, albino cories. Sword, vals, hygros, ludwigias, java moss and fern, anubias

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hey thanks all!

I bought some narrow leaf java fern last hopefully that should start to take hold soon.

I'm thinking that I might be able to get away with some thicker leaved plants like swords, crypts, etc. with these fishes...I'll just have to experiment with stuff and see what pops up.

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I think crypts may not stand up to the abuse... swords might be okay if they don't get eaten. I had a bunch of jungle vals in my peacock tank for about 6 months before they got torn up.
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Java Ferns, bulbitis, anubias sp. should be on the top of your lists for plants.
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