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My pleco ate my HC!

I had a little bit of spare HC, and tied it to a new piece of driftwood I got. This was two days ago. Yesterday, I noticed a little bit was missing, and figure it just didn't hold under the thread very well. Well, this morning, most of it was gone(6 stems out of 30) and it is no where to be found on the tank or in the filters...I think he was very indiscriminate about when he was rasping on.

Anyone else dealing with this? Any solutions besides getting rid of the pleco? I'd rather not, but I feel he doesn't serve much purpose, since my ottos and nerites are a bit more diligent than he is.
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What kind of pleco is it? I have yet to have issues with my pleco munching up my plants. Not sure of any solutions, it's not like a cat/dog where you can just spray something on it which will deter it from chewing on it again. Sorry I'm no help but I'm pretty sure someone will know what to do and respond. Anyway, best of luck.


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BN pleco. I got him when I first started the tank, which wasn't planted. Nasty clown puke, fake plants and decorations. He's been through it all, and has been quite a champ, but he chewed up my centerpiece Amazon Sword(thanks for that though, since I replaced it with much prettier downoi, flame moss and petite anubias). The only thing I can think to do is maybe put some sort of mesh over it, so light can get through but fish can't?

I'd get rid of him tomorrow(luckily, I know a LFS that will give him a good home...just not in their planted tank since their pleco chewed up all their plants), but I'm sure my wife would have an issue with that. She doesn't do anything with the fish tanks, but seems to have an opinion as soon as I want to change something.
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That's odd though, usually BNP are good at eating algae without harming the plants. And if you go with the mesh idea, the BNP would still probably go after it once the HC grows through. But I'm glad you're able to find a new home for it.


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My barbs pull out my dwarf grass , im always replanting them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Are BN's veggie eaters? If so, maybe you can entice him away by ensuring that he has something he likes to eat even better than your plants.

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I hope my BN isn't behind some of my recent plant damage.
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Good point. I don't think he'd bother it on the substrate, although he does rummage around a bit.
I really wanted to grow some epiphytically though.
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