General Plants to use in a Malawi Cichlid aquarium

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    Hullo!

    I scanned through the threads in here and didn't find something similar to this topic...

    Was wondering what plant species is safe to keep with the average malawi cichlid. I've read a bit about them and they seem to like their rocks and caves and such and that they burrow into the substrate as well. What plant species would they not devour and would also be rooted well into the substrate so that the cichlids do not 'accidentally' uproot the them?

    Thanks for the help, :).
     
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    This link might be of interest to you...

    If the pics don't work, you can also see the tank here.
     
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    you could try tying some anubias and java ferns onto some of the rocks, they shouldnt eat those...

    if you want to try other plants, let them get established before you add the fish, this should give the plants time to root before they are disturbed too much...
     
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    Put some Duckweed in as well, that should keep them busy, and perhaps stay away from your plants. You can use cotton thread or elastic bands, to tie the plants to wood, the plants would have taken onto the wood, by the time the cotton or elastic rotted away!
    Good luck!
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    I found Java fern and anubias do well. They also seem to tolerate the high pH well too. You mentioned average malawi... Are you speaking about rock dwellers or open water swimmers? As was suggested above the java fern and Anubia bcan be rooted to rocks or wood in a Mbuna type tank. If you go for an open water type tank you can do the same with the odd piece of rock or wood and more open space. You could also plant some Vallis then. The open water type fish are generally predatory, so your plants should be fine. The mbuna, besides enjoying grazing on plants, also like to move the substrate around, uprooting all in their way.
     
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    I had some Lombardoi for a while and the sword that was in the tank did well. They did dig around it but not so that they uprooted it.
     

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