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    Ok so i have a 55 gallon tank with some chiclids all africans and i am wondering how well they will do with live plants. the only reason i ask cause if they will do well i am gonna change all my lights out but i dont want to if the fish are just gonna rip up the plants help?

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    I think it depends on what size plants you put in there. I don't know if the cichlids will rip them up but i can't see them tearing up a big sword or some well rooted stem plants.

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    I understand that many cichlids are diggers and some also have an appetite for plants.You could try some java ferns,they are a tough plant and are not rooted in the substrate but tied to driftwood or rough rocks.Java moss would be approprate also and anubias have rather tough leaves and my do ok.How much light do you have at the moment?

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    now i just have basic lights two 15watt 50/50s but i was gonna upgrade to a way bigger system.

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    It would help if you had some plant gravel like fluorite, eco-complete, or maybe add some laterite.

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    kk cause now i just have some basic rock. and i bought a few smaller plants cheap just to see how they do with them. and they havnt even bothered them at all my pleco is all over them but thats it

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    That is a very low light setup.Stick with just the ferns and mosses for now.PV mentioned needing better substrate,he is correct especially for later when you upgrade your lighting.How much light did you intend to go too?

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    I would use liquid additives, not a special substrate. Special plant substrates are eventually drained of nutrients anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
    I would use liquid additives, not a special substrate. Special plant substrates are eventually drained of nutrients anyways.

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    It takes a few years to drain them completly,a planted tank is always better off with then without them.Fluorite is a fracted clay iron enriched product that never really loses all of its benefits.Just use more then I did 2 inches would be good,I only had an inch.

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    well i was already planning on upgrading the lighting to a 50 50 coralife system 2 95watt white lights and two blues. i dont wanna change my substrate. and there africans like electric yellows and stuff

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