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Hey all, I am relatively new to planted tanks so I am trying to keep everything low tech and easy. I have three anubias plants attached to driftwood. Two are in my cichlid tank and one is in my little 5 gallon tank. The one in my 5 gallon is doing great, however the other two in my cichlid tank look rough, do you think the cichlids are snacking on it? I thought it would be a strong enough plant to withstand the cichlid munchies. The first two pictures are of the two plants that dont look so hot, the last one is of the one in my 5 gallon.

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i would take them out of the cichlid tank, anubias are super slow growers, and won't be able to regrow fast enough to survive snacking on.

the leaves are there and not snacked on look healthy. i think it is all muchies that is destroying them

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Any recommendation as to what plant would do well in there?
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plastic lol.

honestly i don't know, something fast growing, like rotalas and ludwigias i would think

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Haha I know plastic would be best but I try to give them the most natural tank possible. I tried rotala and that quickly disappeared. I'll try ludwigia next. My java ferns seem to be doing well so maybe I'll just get more of those!
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Honestly i've never seen cichlids chew on anubias before. If thats the case then thats interesting to me. If anything it's a favorite usually for cichlid owners cause this really never comes up as a issue. You should video tape the tank or observe the tank for a long while, and see.

Stem plants for sure are not cichlid proof lol. What kind of cichlids do you have?

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Honestly i've never seen cichlids chew on anubias before. If thats the case then thats interesting to me. If anything it's a favorite usually for cichlid owners cause this really never comes up as a issue. You should video tape the tank or observe the tank for a long while, and see.

Stem plants for sure are not cichlid proof lol. What kind of cichlids do you have?
It's not common here because most ppl here don't keep big fish. Go to mfk or something, it's in almost every other post in the planted section . My anubias was eaten all the way to the rhizome within 24hours by my mbuna. Expensive snack.

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It's not common here because most ppl here don't keep big fish. Go to mfk or something, it's in almost every other post in the planted section . My anubias was eaten all the way to the rhizome within 24hours by my mbuna. Expensive snack.

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I'm on MFK, Cichlid-forum & cichlidae for years now, havnt seen it discussed, but to be honest i'm not a african guy, i'm a central & south american guy so i dont pay much attention to the african threads.

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I have South American cichlids. Mbunas I can understand eating plants but I thought I'd be a bit safer with anubias and South Americans. guess not!
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I see some nutrient deficiencies too, not just snacking damage. Some pics show tiny holes in the leaves, which can be a fertilizer but most likely a co2 issue. I would remove them and put them somewhere else. My anubias do really well in either high tech setups, or nano setups with excel. Also, I find ime anubias tend to suffer under warmer water temperatures.

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Java Fern seems to be a cichlid-proof plant. I've read that the taste of the leaves deters the fish away from eating it so you may want to give that plant a try.
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I have South American cichlids. Mbunas I can understand eating plants but I thought I'd be a bit safer with anubias and South Americans. guess not!
What kind of South American cichlids?

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Blood parrots, severum, and some Central Americans (convicts)
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That's your problem. In the wild severums eat plants. Severums are about as plant friendly as goldfish.
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Yeah, and blood parrots are genetic modified hybrid fish, not natural. I've probably raised, and grown out over 1,000 convicts, and never have issues with them eating anubias , but they do like to uproot.

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