I like large fish and cichlids are my fav. It is a challenge at times to choose as they are large and just rushing around can rule out some of the tall tender plants. So it does take some compromise. I ruled out the algae eating group as too prone to eating the plants. then I looked at who was least likely to dig. Mbuna who love rocks are sure to dig under, so I cut them. Then there are those who are not technically mbuna but act the same. Electric blue for example act like mbuna when around rocks.
Open water, bug eaters work for me. For me, I like blue fish so the Protomelas (insignus)are one large fish that work for me. Add copodichromis azureus to the list for a smaller blue fish.
I wound up with a combo that works for what I like but still do small enough damage that I am okay with them. I settle for fish I like with plants that survive, Keep a fair amount of algae and no small tender plants. Some plants need to stay in pots behind rocks and rotate in and out as they work or not. Swords, crypts and red tiger lotus for plants.
Last edited by PlantedRich; 12-19-2013 at 02:37 PM.
Reason: add fish