Hi fellow FLers! I'm new to this site and thought I'd give it a go. I've found all of your threads to be very beneficial. So far, I've learned that pool filter sand is quite the substitute for the the expensive stuff at LFS, and will be contacting my local pool supplier today. I have a 60gal tank with about 9 African Cichlids (Zebras, Electrics, and Peacocks) I've been running for 2 years (Cichlids for about 4 months). I currently use gravel and have a few live plants in there (Onion, lily, Italian Val). I know Cichlids are notorious for picking at live plants (no exception here) but have found that generally my plants do OK and give my tank a more organic feel. Onto my question: From the threads I've read so far, I haven't really heard anyone talk about using live plants in a sand substrate, particularly the Pool Filter Sand? Can anyone lend a hand to a newbie (to FL.com) like me? Much appreciated.