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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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broad leaf non stem plants

Over the last few months I've been doing some trial and error with my plants. I have convicts in my tank. It's well known they don't generally like plants.

So far I've been able to keep a Balansae, and 2 Echinodorus martii.

They have dug up my hair grass and destroyed the corymbosa. I'm about to transplant the corymbosa stems to my 3 gallon. I've given up on the dwarf hairgrass.

They love to swim through the leafs of the martii. I'm looking for plants of similar nature. I've picked out the echinodorus rubin. I'm going to try some Sagittaria platyphylla in the tank. Any suggestion on some broad leaf non stem plants?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 03:18 PM
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Any of the anubias barteri varieties.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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I've got some anubias growing in my 30 gallon tank. I'm waiting for it to grow a bit more before I cut some and attach it to some decor in this tank.
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As long as breeding caves aren't anywhere near the plants, crypts and vals could probably be tried.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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I have the corymbosa in the center of the tank. It was growing nicely for a few weeks. Then one day my male just decided he didn't like them. I watched him, stem after stem bite them inhalf or ram his head into the sand to uproot them. My Ruffle plant is right infront of the cave she built. I think they leave it alone b/c it gives them some cover.

I do like the the looks of crypts.

I have the following sitting in my shopping cart currently

Red flame (echinodorus red flame)
Red Rubin (echinodorus rubin)

might add some crypts, I have them in my 30 gallon.
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I use jungle vals in tanks with notorious plant-eaters (or destroyers) and they grow quickly enough to keep up with the abuse. The only critter I had that could decimate a healthy planting of jungle val was a yellow-bellied slider, and he'd pull it out in clumps and munch on it as it floated.

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