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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Bristlenose and Amazon Swords

I have 4 bristlenose plecos of about 3 inches each in my 90 gallon.

They have a bad habit of munching on my amazon swords, scraping the leaves until they are transparent.

They have recently bred and I'm worried that the new colony will destroy my swords in their search for food. I'm trying to keep up the algae wafers and zucchini but my swords are always high on their menu.

Has anyone out there experienced this? And if so what are my options?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a few pics of the colony....

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Any ideas folks?
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My bristlenose liked my crypts. He ate holes in the leaves. I moved all my crypts to a different tank to save them. I don't think there's much you can do. My BN is well fed but it never changed his desire to eat crypt leaves.
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I had 2 full grown Bn breeders in a planted tank didn't touch any of my plants.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 12:11 AM
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Re: Bristlenose and Amazon Swords

I am not sure if it my BN OR ottos but the older leaves on my amazon swords in both tanks are sandpapered. Took me a long time to figure out that it was not some sort of other issues.

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Mines only goes after my marble queen sword out of all 4 different sp

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Whoa! I just posted in plants asking what was wrong with my sword and someone suggested plecos.
Sword deficiency?
Do they look like that?
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Yep, mine look like that, but the plecos only occasionally hang on them.

Some dying leaves in other tanks sans plecos also honeycomb like that, so it's hard for me to be certain the BNs are eating them.
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Whoa! I just posted in plants asking what was wrong with my sword and someone suggested plecos.
Sword deficiency?
Do they look like that?
Yep, mine look like that but probably not quite as widespread. The older leaves are most effected. 'Sandpapered' is a much more apt description.
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Do they look like that?
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Whoa! I just posted in plants asking what was wrong with my sword and someone suggested plecos.
Sword deficiency?
Do they look like that?
BN's dont bother finer smaller leafed plants. Amazons resemble cucumber amd other firmer vege we would feed so it stands to reason that they are guilty.

Arent you glad it wasnt a potassium or some nutrient deficiency as earlier diagnosed... Otherwise the tank may have been over dosed and likely spun your tank into deeper algae battle with more water changes ahead which you are already dealing with to some degree...

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idk i must have always had very well behaved bn cause i have had several types of swords and crypts in my tanks and bn in all my bigger tanks with swords and never have i had a leaf look like that on any plant. i dont feed veggies the bn just get what ever makes it way to the bottom of the tanks.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 02:51 AM
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I guess some like swords and some don't bother them. I have only seen in the fish stores all the tanks with pleco have all the leaves of the swords stripped to lace. Might just be an individual pleco by pleco basis.
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