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Old 05-13-2013, 06:12 AM   #11
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I have a 55 gallon cichlid tank. I have never planted in an aquarium before. Can I start in the cichlid tank? What do I plant? What kind of substrate should I use? I have aquarium gravel in it now can I plant in that?

Cichlids will be very rough on plants, if you were intent on planting a cichlid tank you would need to stick with fairly quick growing low light plants on your current setup. While co2, fertilizers, and strong lights aren't necessary with a planted tank, they will definitely make a huge difference in growth of your plants and in fact without a strong light you can skip the ferts and co2 as the plant's growth will be limited by the amount of light.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:30 AM   #12
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Anubias on driftwood would maybe be ok, it's not so much that cichlids eat them it's that they'll "dig" up not the right word but, the plants you'll fond your plants all floating on the top of tank, if you try the anubias and they don't bother it you can also then try java ferns they like to be attached to wood or rocks also and grow in just about any light
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I had 40+ Anubias, some clued to driftwood and some glued to slate and rocks. Some were planted. If they feel like it they'll target them. Maybe it was just my tank but they destroyed my plants.
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Right that's why I said maybe, I think we all agree plants and cichlids are not like peas and carrots they just don't mix
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There are a few members here that do have planted cichlid tanks with success. Maybe they'll stop in and give there input. It just didn't work for me.
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Totally unrelated, but you live in Asheboro?
I live fairly near you. Like an hour away, in Cary. I go to the zoo there sometimes!
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Thanks guys for all the info. You guys are great.
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Totally unrelated, but you live in Asheboro?
I live fairly near you. Like an hour away, in Cary. I go to the zoo there sometimes!
Yeah we are from asheboro. As close as we are from the zoo we havnt been in years. Lol.
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