Starting Planted Tank Help!

FishAreFriends24
  • #1
Hi!
I have a 60 gallontank with tiger barbs a convict cichlid, a golden Severum,and 2 Rafael catfish. I have gravel and eco complete as a substrate right now but I want a substrate that I don’t have to add root tabs or things to the water.
Do I need to add anything with eco complete?
If so What’s a better substrate ?
Also what plants would be best for this tank??

Anything would be helpful thank you!!
 

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PeauMon
  • #2
The substrate that you're currently using is fine.... Root tabs isn't really required. IF you like to carpet your tank, you could add carpet plants
 

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Dave Weber
  • #3
Double check to see what plants are compatible with those fish,
Make sure they are not plant eaters or diggers
 
Rtessy
  • #4
I was "renting" some convict cichlids for a while and they can go a little nuts with plants.... they don't actually eat them, but they will uproot everything and maybe tear it up a bit. I'm not saying it can't be done, but you would need something well rooted
 
Dave Weber
  • #5
I was "renting" some convict cichlids for a while and they can go a little nuts with plants.... they don't actually eat them, but they will uproot everything and maybe tear it up a bit. I'm not saying it can't be done, but you would need something well rooted
Renting fish?
 
Rtessy
  • #6
Lol yeah, my LFS just straight up gave me ten for free to cycle my tank and just told me to bring them back in three weeks... I hadn't even bought anything from them yet... I guess my fish less cycle actually worked though because I never registered ammonia or nitrite but nitrate finally started showing up.
 

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Harpua
  • #7
Would really like a planted community tank, but I really hard/alkaline tap water which would be more suitable for a cichlid tank...thoughts on planted cichlid tank? Can it be done?
 
Rtessy
  • #8
Would really like a planted community tank, but I really hard/alkaline tap water which would be more suitable for a cichlid tank...thoughts on planted cichlid tank? Can it be done?
You'd be able to get more replies if you made your own thread... I only know a little bit about planted tanks and almost nothing about cichlids. The convicts uprooted everything in about two days though.
 
Harpua
  • #9
You'd be able to get more replies if you made your own thread... I only know a little bit about planted tanks and almost nothing about cichlids. The convicts uprooted everything in about two days though.
yea sorry, will do that... pretty sure from the research I've done that most cichlids are a no go w/planted tanks, unless you keep dwarf cichlids
 
Rtessy
  • #10
yea sorry, will do that... pretty sure from the research I've done that most cichlids are a no go w/planted tanks, unless you keep dwarf cichlids
I mean, you're not supposed to keep 2 male betta's together, especially with 14 females, but someone on here has achieved that (extremely impressive, let me say) with other fish as well, so it may be worth asking.
 

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