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Plants That Will Survive In A Cichlid Aquarium

Discussion in 'African / Old World Cichlids' started by fatheadminnow, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. fatheadminnow

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    Plants that are planted in a Cichlid tank should be anchored down; either the plant should be planted in pots, or attached to wood or rocks.

    Note: Different species of Cichlids will treat plants differently, some will not mind plants, while others will. This is a list of plants that will have the best chance of surviving in a Cichlid Aquarium.

    Lighting: Low

    Any Species of Anubias.
    Scientific names: Anubias barteri var. barteri, Anubias barteri var. angustifolia, Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia, Anubias barteri var. glabra, Anubias barteri var. nana.
    Anubias is probably the number 1 plant for a Cichlid tank and will grow very well on drift wood.
    Difficulty: Very Easy
    Lighting Requirements: Low
    Tank Placement: Not Specific
    Best planted on drift wood
    Very popular
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    Cryptocoryne wendtii
    Difficulty: Very Easy
    Lighting Requirements: Low
    Tank Placement: Foreground
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    Java Moss
    Scientific name: (Taxiphyllum barbieri)
    Difficulty: Very Easy
    Lighting Requirements: Low
    Tank Placement: Not Specific
    Very popular
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    Java Fern
    Scientific name: (Microsorium pteropus)
    Difficulty: Easy
    Lighting Requirements: Low
    Tank Placement: Not Specific
    Very popular
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    Lighting: Medium Low


    Crinum natans
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: Medium Low
    Tank Placement: Backdrop
    Popular
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    Lighting: Medium



    Vallisneria gigantea
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: Medium
    Tank Placement: Backdrop
    Popular
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    Amazon Broadleaf Sword
    Scientific name: (Echinodorus amazonicus, & Echinodorus bleheri)
    Also known as: Echinodorus brevipedicellatus, or Echinodorus paniculatus
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: Medium
    Tank Placement: Backdrop
    Very popular
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    Giant Bacopa
    Scientific name: Bacopa caroliniana
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: Medium
    Tank Placement: Backdrop
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    Lighting: Medium High


    Melon Sword
    Scientific name: ( Ech, Osiris)
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: Medium High
    Tank Placement: Backdrop
    Popular
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    Kleiner Bar Sword
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: Medium High
    Tank Placement: Backdrop
    Popular
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    Nomaphila stricta
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: Medium High
    Tank Placement: Backdrop
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    Green Ozelot Sword
    Scientific name: (Ech. Ozelot)
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: Medium High
    Tank Placement: Backdrop
    Popular
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    Lighting: High


    Riccia fluitans
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Lighting Requirements: High
    Tank Placement: Floating or strapped down to objects.
    Water conditions:
    Temperature: 59-86° F (15-30° C)
    pH: 6.8-8.0
    Popular
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  2. Chief Brody

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  3. crunch7

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    This actually depends on the type of cichlid you have in the tank and how healthy they are. Fortunately most of my fish are healthy until recently where I have encountered some internal parasite issue and I am treating my tank. Now back to the topic I have tried most of these plants as mentioned above my Venustus EATS THEM ALL. So if the cichlid is a herbivore or an omnivore the chances of the plant surviving is pretty low. If your fish is happy , which means that he/she is showing his/her natural behaviour as most of the 5 great lakes in Africa from which cichlid originate are more of rocks and sand then any vegetation on the lake base.
     

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