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Cichlids and plants

as I prepare to tear down the tank I was given to turn it into my planted paradise I have to consider the fish that came with the tank. I was given a 26g bow front and it came with 2 small parrots and a firemouth. They have grown considerably and I have become attached. Going to set up an additional tank for them but was planning medium light low tech with no CO2 on this one. Cam you guys recommend some plants that will work. My fear is constant uprooting of the plants.
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My experience trying to manage the two is to aim for bigger plants like red melon swords, and of equivalent size. Big plants, big roots or plants like anubias that you can attach to the glass via suction cups or wood/rock work.

I was able to keep stem plants, and carpeting plants with geophagus species but it took months of replanting, and training them they were not going to be able to have their dig area's in the planted area's.

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Any hygro would work, they don't take long to root and have pretty strong roots once they establish.
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Potting plants will be very helpful in the quest for the planted cichlid tank.
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I really don't want to see the pots. Guess I could bury them in the substrate. I'm gonna try a few planted in the substrate first. To this point they are not destructive. We'll see what happens thanks for the input.
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I would love to see you training cichlids!
I thought they evolved to read our minds and do exactly the opposite of what we wanted!
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Keeping rocks big enough for the cichlids not to be able to move over the plant roots would also be smart. Obviously coming up with such rocks may be a problem if the fish are oscars or the like...
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