Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: College Station, TX
If it's that sparsely planted, then not likely. The only way I was able to get mine to stop eating new growth on my java fern, and to stop eating my anubias was to just bunch everything as densely as possible amongst some rocks. The BA Tetras don't much care for mature java fern leaves, so if the new growth is at the bottom of a tangled mess of rhizomes, usually the leaves have a fighting chance to firm up some before they are eaten. My BA tetras have completely eaten at least 20 anubias leaves, a medium sized amazon sword, ricca moss, pennywort, wisteria, watersprite, chain sword, crypts...and I think that's all I've tried. If I had less of a heart I would dump them in the creek and say good luck, but I can't bring myself to do that. So, for now, I am just sticking with java fern and java moss. They're only about a year old so I've got a while with them.