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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-20-2006, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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fish eating plants...i think

After adding some new plants (couple swords, dwarf grass, wendtiis) about two weeks ago, I noticed that some of my plants are being nibbled on.

First it was the bronze wendtii. Now it is the melon sword.

livestock as follows:

3 angels
5 red eye tetras
5 ottos
1 burmese sand loach
2 wood shrimps
1 large snail and a few smaller ones

The tetras and angels are new to plants, as I got them after I removed (and moved) my old plants. The loach and ottos have cohabitated nicely with plants in the past.

Slowly the both bronze wendtiis were eaten to the ground, leaves first, then stems. Now the same is happening with the melon.

I am not sure who to suspect, as I have sat and watched and watched and no one bites. I am wondering if it is a night "feeding". I might have to set up a video camera to catch the offender.

I can post pics if that would help. Any ideas?

I may move the tetras to a 10gallon to see if they are the ones. I can't imagine it would be the angels.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-20-2006, 01:29 AM
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Pics would help... maybe they are melting, especially because they are new.

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I was browsing the forums when I read the title of your thread, then it hit me.

Come see the "Fish Eating Plant"!! I had to check and see what type of plants you were growing!!

But, it is no more then the old "Man Eating Chicken" trick.

But to help answer your question and stay on topic, I'd also would like to ask a question.

What type of snails?
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It could very well be the angels. I watched mine tearing at the giant hygro. The gnawing stopped when I incorporated algae flakes and pellets in their diet (well, I'm sure the yo-yos were helping too)

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I finally caught my rummynose tetras feasting on hygro polysperma. I have heard of red eye tetras eating plants.
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sorry for the long delay (and no pictures) but it turned out it was the gigantic snail my girlfriend had wanted to purchase. I thought it was ugly so I was happy to move him to another tank (where he somehow died...??)

Anyway, thanks for the help, and my plants are doing much better now that they aren't a daily meal.
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