Do Malawi Cichlids need plants?

Plants are not native to Mbuna but giant vallis is found in the lake where Haplochromis live. Mbuna will eventually dig up and destroy any plants that they find in the aquarium so the more time you spend arranging your expensive real aquarium plants the less time you spend watching your cichlids.

Mbuna will take great pleasure in digging up and destroying those nice plants that you have just planted so you might as well not use plants but more caves. Haplochromis like to hangout in tall aquarium plants.

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