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malawi cichlids and planets?

so im currently working on a 55gallon tank and was thinking about making the jump into plants.

heres my tank setup
48in long x 18in high x 12inin deep.
2 wisper 40 HOB filters.
the lighting is 2x 18in t5 bulbs. zoo med reef sun 50/50 and burn at 6500k

is this setup ok to do with live plants?
what kind would i want to look for and how many? i know that from what iv read its either all in our all out lol. but can you over stock to many plants?

also id like to have some kind of grass to be on some of my rocks. i really like that look and am not to familar with plants let alone aquarium plants :P

in my tank ill be housing
6-8 Labidochromis caeruleus 2m/4-6f
4 Pseudotropheus socolofi

i may go with a different breed as well maybe aceis or something but thats not what this post is for:P

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Most african chichlids will make a nice salad out of 90% of the plants available in the hobby. They come from the Rift lakes which has very little vegetation. Anubias will work, I have heard they do not like to eat them, but that may be about it


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I have had luck with ferns and val, but they may dig up the val but they wont eat it.
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I have a ginormous melon sword, an Amazon sword, and micro sword in my 55gal with 28 juvenile jeweled/malawi cichlids, and I've never had one of them pay any attention to the plants, and so far they have not dug any of them up, though they are starting to dig around. I am going to put small pieces of shale rock around the base of the plants to prevent them from being dug up.


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