Real plants would get damaged by the cichlids from what I've read. If you enjoy plants, I would stick to the fake ones and anchor them well. It's your tank so decorate with what you like to see. For me, rocks, rocks, and more rocks. I wanted to create a home for my fish that most resembles their natural habitat. There are videos of cichlids in their natural environment. I recommend you do a search and watch. You will see what I mean.Tiwaz said:Other than that I am wanting to set this tank up with Africans as I like there colours the most. Are there plants that would do well in there with them or do I need to stick to rocks etc?