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Help ID the culprit

I recently got a plant package from here to supplement what I had in the tank, and I hope you guys can help ID a fish for me, not that I'll be able to do too much with the info depending on the fish. Basically I take a planting approach where I just buy whatever and if I like it and it grows well, I'll keep it and re-plant in my tank as necessary.

I had mostly stem plants, less Red Ludwigia, and got a bunch of stems in the package, and everything was good, except for what was my favorite, the Blyxa japonica. I've been looking to have a plant like this for awhile, as I've not had much luck with carpet type plants, and I really loved the look of this stuff...

But time and time again I stuck it in (Safe T Sorb), and time and time again I found it floating at the top of the tank. So, I ask what fish would uproot just this specific plant.

In the tank are, from least to most probable:
Dwarf Chain Loaches (couldn't do it if they tried)
Tetras (they don't do anything with the plants except occasionally hide)
Roseline Sharks (active swimmers, but unless spooked never seen to both plants)
Koi Angelfish (doesn't seem to go near plants)
BN Plecos (don't dig up anything else)
Raphael Catfish (only comes out at night, never disturbs other plants, sometimes plants uprooted during the day)
Pearl Gouramis

The last one is most likely, as I have read they don't always go well with plants, but I've not had problems with anything else. But that's my best guess, what do you guys think?

Also, what are some similar plants I could try?

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My guess would be either the Raphael or bristlenoses. They are bulky and strong clumsy swimmers, most likely not doing it on purpose just accidentally. Try using stonework or driftwood to limit their access to the root crown and nearby substrate. Is there any breeding behavior or possible hostility? If you happen to have 2 males or a territorial dispute in the tank this could account for the reckless swimming that might uproot the blyxa.

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If it is accidental, my question would be, why the Blyxa and nothing else? I had two dozen, if not more freshly planted stems and the Blyxa made up four of those. Aside from trying to plant those 4 numerous times, I had to redo 3 other stems total, and only once. Just seems odd. Perhaps their placement had something to do with it.

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Blyxa is a top heavy plant with puny roots. It floats a lot. Just keep on replanting.

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Blyxa is a top heavy plant with puny roots. It floats a lot. Just keep on replanting.

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That is a very simple answer, and so likely the correct one!

I ended up throwing out what I had, but have been planning some new things in the tank and am buying from a guy here who has everything, so I'll include some more in my purchase. Thanks everyone.

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