Hi, everyone. I have kind of a weird situation regarding plants and fish, that I thought I would ask about. I have a 46 gallon bow front with 6 tiger barbs and 2 opaline gouramis among others. Along the back wall I have Italian Val. I just set this tank up last week. Within one day all the Italian Val on one half of the tank was uprooted and floating. So I put them back in the substrate and watched a little more closely to see what was happening. And again the same half of Italian Val was uprooted and floating. The barbs and the gouramis would pick at them until they were out of the substrate. But once this half was floating they wouldn't touch the other half and those vals are staying great in the substrate. The only difference between the two halves is the rooted half was from an old tank and the floating half is from the pet store. Or another option is that my fish are interior decorators at heart. Has anyone else ever seen anything like this or have an idea why they only go after the newer stuff? Thanks.
I agree they like to pick at plats, but I've had the tiger barbs with Italian val before and everything worked out fine. What I found interested this time is that they only uproot half the plants and leave the other half alone. Every time they do it, its the same half. Apparently they don't like my aquascaping ability.
Most likely, they are picking on all your plants, but only half of them uproot when they pick on them. If you want your aquascape to survive, you'll need to get your guys a new home for a while until the plants can root sufficiently.
plant the val somewhere elses maybe they see it as encroaching on their turff
My Goldfish gave me this same problem. I planted the plants in another place and they seamed to be ok with that. I moved the plants back a few months later and again the Goldfish yanked them loose. So I agree with bsmith that they may see the plants as encroaching on their turf.