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Old 11-12-2014, 08:54 PM   #1
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Plants that don't need CO2, fertilizer, or special substrates

I want to try one plant in my cichlid tank that does not need anything special. The fish may eventually dig it out, but I want to give it one try.
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I would go for a Java Fern or Anubias attached to a rock. Can't dig that up.

I believe it is best to have more plants than a few so the effects of a nibble here and nibble there won't be as noticeable.

I'm guessing the cichlids will probably tear them up, regardless. Really just depends.
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Does Amazon sword need any special care? Plants in my cichlid tank will be more of an experiment than anything.
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Amazons do best with plenty of substrate fertilization.

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Will they grow without it? I don't need them to flourish or anything.
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I had a Rose Sword that did wonderfully in gravel with root tabs, and a little fertilizer here and there, no CO2, low light. No special care other than pruning a couple leaves off here and there. Super easy.

If you want a sword, I would suggest that one. I actually removed several leaves that were 12-18 inches monthly.
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I want to try one plant in my cichlid tank that does not need anything special. The fish may eventually dig it out, but I want to give it one try.
Hello sar...

There are several you can try, Anubias nana and nangi, Banana, Onion, Amazon sword and Java fern. You can pot the Amazon sword, so the more aggressive fish have to really work to dig it up. Some fish won't be able to do it.

If you want to get a bit more creative, then emerse the roots of the Peace Lily and Chinese evergreen.

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Will they grow without it? I don't need them to flourish or anything.
They might live, may do good if the fish load is producing a lot of waste. I have some amazons in a 55 with no ferts and they've done well with the fish load and occasionally dosing Micros.

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I heard these plants can contain invasive snails. Is there a way that they can be eliminated. The last thing I would want is an infestation.
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I have heard a quick H2O2 dip kills off most hitch hikers. Rinse in clean water though afterwards

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I heard these plants can contain invasive snails. Is there a way that they can be eliminated. The last thing I would want is an infestation.

Plants can contain snails, planaria, hydra, various crustaceans and aquatic insects, worms, and algae. A dip in bleach or hydrogen peroxide (don't know the strength and duration of the soak) should remove any hitchhikers.



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