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Whats eating my grassy plants?

Ok so my blixa japonica and chain swords (or some sort of grass plant) have been getting eaten by something in my tank and I dont know what it is, although I have an idea. Of the fish I have in there the only ones that could be doing this are an adult CAE, 5 adult SAE's, a normal pleco (about 4in), 2 flordia flagfish. I am thinking either the SAE's or the flagfish and leaning towards the flagfish since I have had these same SAE's with Blixa before in another tank and they left it alone. The blixa is getting torn apart, instead of leaves that are 5 inches or so long they are maybe one inch. Its not a nutrient problem because I took a few large ones grown in another tank and placed them into this tank and they were eaten down like the others within a week or two. Any help would be great, thanks.
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the normal pleco would be the prime suspect.


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the normal pleco would be the prime suspect.
I will second that. Remove that beast and I bet your problem goes away.
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it left the sword plants along and went after grassy plants? I thought they ate more of the boad-leaved plants.
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you have a lot of plant grazers in that list. the SAEs or Flags may not be
eating the grass, but they may be plucking it out and uprooting it on you.


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Although there are several species called "common" plecos and I don't know which you have, I'd bet pleco. My plecos ate everything, from oranges to anacharis to raw shrimp to pothos. I'm sure they would have loved a nice tender lawn like yours. And they do tend to consume entirely, and not leave anything.

The CAE should probably be safe, and I have no experience with the other critters. I'm surprised you have anything left, though!
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yes the SAE's are defiently rooting around pulling stuff up also but something is mowing the lawn also
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