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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-27-2020, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Fish or Disease or...? Killing These Plants?

Hello,

I have a thriving planted tank, however, recently developed holes in only one variety of plant.... I use CO2 and Thrive. I've had these plants for 9 +/- months with no issue. There are not alot of fish in the tank at this point, however, there are a couple relatively large algae eaters, several Congo Tetras and 3 of the fish shown in the image. All the fish have been in the tank for over a year.

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I know Congo tetras dont eat aquarium plants because I have them myself for several years. I doubt Gourami's do either. Are the algae eaters pleco's? If so, yes, some can put holes in plants.


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Thanks for your response...

I did additional research yesterday and learned that Clown Loaches will pick at plants making holes at times. I only have one and it's small, however, maybe it's decided to start become destructive.... The algae eaters are Plecos. I don't understand why either the loach or pleco's would just randomly start putting holes in plants. (I think I feed them enough, however, may kick it up a notch.) Either way VERY frustrating as however the holes are getting there every plant of that type is slowly being destroyed.

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There are several reasons this can happen after a long period of time where it didnt occur.

* Fish can become more herbaceous or omnivorous with age. Discus are a good example. Discus are primarily carnivorous when juveniles, as they mature in to sub-adults and adults they require more greens in their diet. This happens with many other fish as well.

* Diet changes due to access and availability. Have you changed diet?

* Vitamin deficiencies. Make sure feed a balanced diet.

Fish do not wreck havoc on a tank in terms of their dietary requirements. They eat what they need. If you do not supply this dietary requirement through prepared, frozen, freeze-dried, raw foods- they will supplement it by eating other resources in tank. in your case-- the plants.


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Is that a giant gourami in the last pic?

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Nope, it's a dwarf...

Bump: Thanks for your detailed response...

I have not changed the diet, it's still a mix of flakes and freeze dried blood worms.
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