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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-20-2015, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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My 55g Planted Cichlid Tank

Hello guys, obviously I am new here. I have had my tank for about 9 months now, given to me by a friend who moved to CO. It was an absolute pig sty when i got it. He had it overstocked and never cleaned. I'm not sure he ever did a water change over the year plus he had it. Algae ruled my tank for its entire life at my place.

It finally came to a head and I got fed up, I had to wipe it and start over. I killed the light for two weeks and ripped out everything except my two cichlids, a convict and a flowerhorn. Both adolescents, maybe 2-3 inches. I did water changes every day for those two weeks, changed all the filter stuff. I was finally comfortable enough to replant and rescape and start over.

I know my fish arent necessarily compatible with one another or with much else, especially given the size of the tank. But I would like any advice on what I could potentially put in the tank while the cichlids grow out.

My tank specs are as follows:
55g, 4ft long-20in tall-12in deep
marineland c-220 cannister filter
i do not know what kind of lighting i have, but its 2 florescents about 3-4in above the glass
76-78 degrees

4-5 red cabomba
4-5 anubias (???)

I am a noob at all this. So my reading from the water test may not be 100% accurate. Anyway, here are some pics to start the actual "JOURNAL" portion...haha. Enjoy.

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I have a planted Cichlid tank on the drawing board and I have been doing the research on what people have had success with. It seems some are notorious for uprooting plants as Cichlids like to rule their own tanks. I've had Cichlids in the past with gravel substrate and they would pick up the rocks and move them with their mouths rescaping the tank themselves. They apparently will also tear off the leaves of weaker plants. My plant is to go with aquatic onions, which grow very tall, and large sword plants. The Onion plants grow waxy leaves that the Cichlids usually leave alone and the large bulb and root structure is resistant to uprooting. Swords have large leaves with thick stalks that are rather tough and also are deeply rooted--I've transplanted a few from a relatively established tank and there's no way a fish could pull a grown one out. This is, of course, not foolproof but I think it'd be worth a try or at least a jumping off point for more research.
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I fortunately have not had any problems with my guys eating the plants. I plan on dropping in a couple more anubias and some java fern in the next couple weeks assuming the stuff I have in there does well over that time.

Maybe they will start being more destructive as they grow? I dunno, but they dont seem to care much for plant matter. I feed them a pretty diverse diet so maybe that helps.

Another question, i have no co2 and i dont use ferts currently. Should i use ferts or try some root tabs?
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