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Who's the culprit?

I have a pair of Fundulopanchax gardneri Makurdi, Aphyosemion australe, and a Otto in my planted tank. Someone has just started eating the new leafs that are growing on my plants. I didn't think that Killies eat plants and Ottos only eat algea, right?
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ive had both Killies and Otto's in my tank and had no problems. So out of elimination I would guess the other.

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What do you mean the "other"? Those are the only fish in the tank.
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you're tank is inhabited by a phantom fish. they swim up into the filter intake during the day, and slither out at night to devour your plants and move BGA out of the substrate and paste it all over your hardscape and glass. The only thing that can get rid of them is a thorough filter cleaning in ammonia (perfumed is always better than pure), a 24 hr photo period for 2 weeks, and turning the heater up to about 92F.
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seriously, my guess is one of the killies, but I couldn't tell you which... my golden wonders would occasionally nibble on more delicate plants, and they've attacked my egeria like it's corn on the cob... nothing but stem left when they were done (SAE helped them). I guess I'd keep a closer eye on them...

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I have a pair of Fundulopanchax gardneri Makurdi, Aphyosemion australe, and a Otto in my planted tank.
oh I thought the 2nd latin name was a type of cichlid. I assume now that both the first 2 are Killies?

The only killie I have had is a Golden Wonder Killie, who spent all of his strength trying to eat my Otto's and smaller fish like cardinals. So no clue if it is trypical of Killie's to not eat plants.

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