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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-13-2008, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Big fish and plants

Before I realized I wanted a heavily planted tank I got some big fish. I have a 12" ghost knife fish, a few 8" bala sharks, rope fish, etc. I do have a fair share of smaller fish in the tank too.

But do people here with bigger fish and plants have problems with the plants getting uprooted? Seems like my plants get uprooted a lot. Not the bigger plants with the broad leaves, but the smaller stem type plants. I assume the bigger fish have a lot to do with it?

Any tips or tricks? I love my big fish, but someday I want a ton of smaller fish in the tank with tons of plants. it is a 125 gallon tank with SMS for the substrate.
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Several things you may want to try out :
- Swap the smaller plants for more robust plants (swordplants, anubias, crypts). Stem plants could be well anchored in pots and yet they may still survive, but usually just to be played/eaten/pulled out with.
- Allow some lead time for the plants to root themselves before introducing fish.
- Feed your fish enough, but not too much. This will reduce the tendency of nipping your plants (esp the tips and young shoots).
- Lastly, you need to swap any naughty fish to something less damaging.

If you love big fish to go with aquascaping, the arowana is a good choice.
Bala shark usually do not pull out plants, but they occasionally nip at succulent leaves. I do not know about knife fish behavior, but these are mainly predator.
Some fish are just natural mess-maker and there is not much you can do about it.


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Thanks, that is what I was figuring. I have never seen any of the bigger fish nipping at any leaves, but ya never know. These will be the last big fish I keep, I have had them for over a year but I went to aquas-caping 6 months ago.
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