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Mark Fisher 01-24-2013 09:43 PM

Festivum cichlids not very plant friendly
I know that others have had good luck with Festivum cichlids in their planted tanks, but mine have bitten holes in all my Amazon swords, and completely mowed down my chain swords and Vals. They even ate an entire bunch of Anacharis! The Vals and chains were eaten to the ground!

Good thing I have another tank for them. Wow!

I do give them Nori every morning and they like that, but it does not keep them from grazing on my plants. I also give them bloodworms, pellets and flake food, so it's not like they are starving. They are voracious!

CrypticLifeStyle 01-25-2013 12:05 AM

Cichlids will be cichlids like boys will be boys

LB79 01-25-2013 11:35 PM

+1. But remember, like boys, cichlids also have varying personalities and diet preferences. It may have something to do with how they were fed when they were young.

HybridHerp 01-26-2013 04:34 AM

I've also noticed that some cichlids just have a preference for plants they like to destroy. My rainbow cichlids are fine with rotala colorata and wallichi.....but val species and wisteria.....they like to rip the leafs off to the stem just cause. However, I am trying out wisteria again just cause I have extra laying around, so maybe they stopped carrying about plants now that they have been around all sorts of plants.....or maybe they will rip it again....

another thing, I've noticed with my rainbows as well that they tried destroying windelov fern when they first say it, but gave up after a day and have left it alone ever since.....maybe a strategy to employ to get the festivum used to the plants is to start with cheaper plants that you don't mind getting ripped up a bit, until eventually the fish stops caring and lets you keep whatever plants with it that you want to keep.....

cichlids and plants are possible, but it requires an extra bit of work for sure

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