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Angelfish proof plants

I've got a pair of Angels in my 80 gal long tank that have recently started nibbling on the new growth of my Wisteria and Hygro Corymbosa. These plants used to grow like crazy, but the angels have eaten or picked at all the new growth lately and only the some of the oldest leaves are left. I also have a ton of corkscrew vals, two large Amazon swords, and a bunch of red crypts in there, but they seem to target just the softest new growth on the other plants. They leave the tougher plants alone. This makes me think Anubis or something along that would be more than fine, yet I want something a bit more stem plant, yet still tough enough to keep the angels from stunting its growth.

Do you guys have any recommendations for replacement plants that you'd suggest I look in to. I want something that gets fairly tall and preferably bright in color. My tank is Organic Potting Soil based covered in black sand with a painted black back glass and the Wisteria and Hygro really pop on it. The tank doesn't have CO2 (I dose Excel twice a week) and I use a 13wattx6 domed CFL diy canopy.
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Hmmm weird, I keep amazon swords and crypts in my angel tank because they are hardy and my angels do not bother them at all….maybe feed them more? idk


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They don't bother the swords or crypts. I feed twice a day and they and the other fish in the tank are quite well taken care of. They just seem to have taken a liking to the new growth on the others. They even pick at them with food in the tank.
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I had a pair of angels that would eat my wisteria. Now I have a larger tank and more angels in it and they haven't bothered them yet. But it's only been a week.
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They have a taste for certain plant species. They love most rotalas too. I have a HUGE clump of rotundiflora in the back of a heavily planted 180G, and over the course of a year or so, most of the back side is nibbled away. What's grown closest to the waterline is left alone. So location is a consideration as well with adults. Other than that clump of rotala stems, I've stuck to swords, crypts, and anubias. Recently I added a japanese spatterdock and they've left that alone. On the low side, they haven't touched the pygmy chain swords. They also leave H. Corymbosa alone for the most part but will nibble the tips of angustifolia until square.

I keep potted plants in all my breeding and rearing tanks and they are all limited to crypts or swords.

Somewhat related: really small (sub-dime) angels will decimate any duckweed infestation, and fast. They nibble off the plant root completely.

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I had some Angels destroy some Cabomba, but leave other things alone. Perhaps the Cabomba was so much to their liking that it kept them busy enough.
I do not think the other plants were stems, though. I do remember a large Java Fern, and a pretty good sized Anubias.
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Java fern is supposed to taste bad to most fish.
Is this true ?
I have a good amount of java fern on dw in my tank with angles and they don't touch it.

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Any pics of the damage?

What other fish do you have in the tank?

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No pics. I've witnessed them doing it as they aren't shy about it. The new growth is picked on, from outside in. They leave the middle of any leaf that gets big enough to have a middle. Others in the tank are scissortail rasboras, a school of peppered corys, and a handful of Otos.
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Are they young angels? I've heard that immature ones need some vegetable matter in their diet. Maybe try giving them spirulina.
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They aren't young. Bodies are as big around as a soda can I'd bet.
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