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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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what's tearing up my plants

Each morning I find bits of my HC and Ludwidgia floating on top of the tank. Who could the culprit be? I have the following fish

1 Cory
3 Flying Foxes
1 Albino Bushy Nose Pleco
12 assorted barbs
3 harlequin Rasporas
10 endlers
25 red cherry shrimp

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 06:26 PM
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My money would be on the pleco, especially since the damage is occurring at night. You can watch regular nighttime activities by shielding a flashlight with a red lens, the fish and inverts don't seem to really notice unless it's really bright.
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My guess is the pleco. They like to do their own scaping even if they don't actually eat the plants. I must have re-tied some Java fern 5-6 times before I gave up on "that" spot. How large is yours?

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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My pleco is only a baby. About 1" long

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then it might be the barbs.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 07:07 PM
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Try the flashlight/red lens trick. I'm telling ya, you'll know in no time.

Only reason I lean towards the pleco is that they are active at night. Just because he's only an inch doesn't mean he can't tear Ludwidgia while foraging.
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