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plant safe fish?

has anyone got a list? I have searched online for ages tryin to find one.

Or what fish do you have in your planted tank?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 12:03 PM
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Tetras and livebearers. :3
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There are many fish that work well with plants. You have traditional things like all of the small fish, and then there are some large fish that you could mess around with as well if you want a bit more of a hard time getting everything to stay in place and whatnot.

Start first with what kind of fish you are interested in, then search that specific fish species and see if they are generally able to be kept with plants. Then, realize that every "rule" can be broken as well, I have seen lush plants in a tank where the main inhabitants were sevrums and silver dollars

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I've had: angels, gouramis, tetras, barbs, rainbows, cories, otos, livebearers, rams, kribensis with never any issues with plants.

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Most Rift Lake cichlids and larger central and south american cichlids can't be kept with plants, because they tend to dig in the substrate and rearrange their environment. Also, goldfish will eat most plants.

In my own tanks I keep cardinal and green neon tetras, hatchetfish, otos, and endler's livebearers. I've never had issues with plants being eaten. In general most of the smaller community fish are fine with plants.

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Not true about the central and south American cichlids
With patience, it is very do-able

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By that I meant fish such as oscars and the like.

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Oh no, not very true even. I've seen beautiful planted tanks with oscars, and on another forum, this guy has an FI Midas that he keeps in I believe a 125 filled with small swordtails, molies, and tiny barbs, also COVERED in plants as well.
It really depends upon the personality of the individual species.
Hell, myself, I have an eartheater that is in my planted tank. Sure, he digs and make it a little harder, but its totally not impossible.
I;ve even seen a tank of plants with severums and silver dollars.

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My black moores dont eat my plants. They love my fish food rather than plants! :3
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