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UPDATE 6-17 Whose causeing Holes in Leaves (pictures added)

As the title says in my 55g i tore out all my plants that had holes in the leaves or algea on them. Thus removeing about 50percent of all the plants. Anyway the next moring all my Narrow Leaf Giant Hygro (Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis') had more holes in them. i want to know who is causeing the holes so i can ask them to stop Anyway the tank has 4 angels, lots of neons, 1 clown loch, 2 cories, 1 peacock eel, 1 rainbow shark, and some mts. Any idea on who the culperate is. I never see any of them in the day time messing with the plants witch is funny cause i have lots of vals and a moss wall that i would think would be more tempting to chew on then the Hygro.
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it's the loaches...


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Please tell us:
1. What ferts are you dosing?
2. Do you have CO2?
3. Lighting?
etc.

It is not any inhabitants that are creating holes.

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55g
ei dosing macros and micros 3x daily
injected co2
2x55w ah supply light on for 8 hrs.

Going to be upgrading to another ah supply light probobly the 1x96w

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I would put money on the loaches as well

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I would put money on the loaches as well
Only 1 loach in tank tough. so is it loach or not

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Can you take a pic of the holes?

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Can you take a pic of the holes?

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after work i will try to post some thank you for the help all

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If the holes are appearing over night, nutrient deficiency is unlikely.

Loach is bored... needs some company perhaps.


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I have holes in my amazon swords and I'm 100% sure is the clown loaches who are making them,as Wasserpest says they must get bored!
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Loach is bored... needs some company perhaps.
so do i need to get another one or two for him to play with. I dont really have room to place him anywhere else but my rcs tank and im sure he will make freinds there

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If its the loach, you should probably see a V shaped hole in the plants. How does it look?
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ok here are some pics




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I highly doubt it is the loaches, The do not eat plant material, but that shark does and if attempting to get at algae on the leaves it might be eating right through the leaves also. He is most active at night just before dawn, so try getting up before he does and be by the tank with no light on above but some window light in another room (just enough for you to see by) then wait. chances are you'll see the culprit gnawing at the leaves. Those holes in the pics have shapes like the leaves are being eaten by something going for the little areas of algae on the leaves. I have witnessed these sharks before and they do have an affinity for algae just before dawn.

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I highly doubt it is the loaches, The do not eat plant material
Loaches are known for putting holes in plants wether or not they actually eat the plant material. I actually saw my loach doing it with my own eyes and ended up removing it from my tank. You kinda hear this "clicking" sound as they suck or bite into the plant leaving a "V" or triangular shaped hole in the plant similar to the pictures above. Especially the second picture.

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