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Element
11-01-2003, 02:00 AM
Hello I have a total of 8 african cichlids and i want to know if i can put live plants in there? if so what kind because the person at my local fish store is saying that the high ph will kill the live plants? i really like live plants better than plastic :( any info will help thank you

-ryan

jonah
11-01-2003, 08:03 AM
My pH is 8.4. I've grown Anubias and Java Fern (attached to driftwood) with the Africans without problems. Hornwort grew in it to, but got eaten by the fish.

fishmommy
11-02-2003, 08:00 AM
I have grown just about every kind of plant in my Hap tank. PH 8.2, T=80F, silica sand substrate.
The plants will grow, but the other side of the issue is = do you have fish that will eat the plants? Mbuna and Tropheus are notorious plant-nibblers. For them you want to stick to tough stuff like anubias, java fern, and crinum species.