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Plant deficiency or snails?

So a month ago I was getting snail damage to my java fern. I had nerites and ramshorn. I got rid of them both and the damage stopped occurring. Of course there were ramshorn babies in the tank are are getting big now. I have noticed pieces missing from the tops of the java fern where the new growth is occurring and holes that are appearing over night. Could this be some plant deficiency or snails. The first picture was taken a week after the damage so the leaf has grown more and become oddly shaped since the damage was done to the part that was still growing.





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It looks like a nutrient deficiency to me, the snails probably just ate the decaying matter...
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There was no decaying matter though. It was the new part of the leaf that was growing and none of the leaves look bad. They are all bright green. Everyone says they only eat decaying matter but I have woken up to big bite marks going down the sides of my java ferns. The same thing has happened to both of them. That is a softer part of the leaf which makse me think that it would be easier to eat. Its strange because it was all there one day and then it wasn't the next which would rule out a nutrient deficiency I would think. It almost looked like the leaf was separated from the middle vein.

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I'd guess deficiency as well.

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What does this have to do with growing plants?
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Well I did a water change and noticed the new growth shaved off of some other leaves. There was one leaf that just had a little bit missing which may be a deficiency but the ones that the tops are shaved off on have to be snails. It started right after I added the nerites last time but maybe I blamed the wrong snails since I only have ramshorn now. If it is a deficiency could someone let me know what kind it could be.

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What kind of snail that can bite off Java Fern leaves? They are pretty hard to begin with.


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Pond snails nibble on Java fern leaves.


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