I’m looking for some recommendations for plants to fill in my 90 gallon loach tank. Most of the plants that live are spiny and green. I’d like to find some leafier plants (maybe a color other than green) that my loaches don’t eat for lunch. Digging isn’t much of a problem, but stem chewing is. I can’t figure out why they chew certain leaves and not others. Also…I’m kind of a beginner with planted tanks, so nothing too difficult to keep alive.
90 gallon loach tank with CaribSea Peace River gravel. Needs to thrive in a tank with higher level flow and algae growth because some of the loaches need it. No CO2, but I use Flourish root tabs.
Lighting: Deep Blue SolarMax HE2 48
28W x 2, (1)10000K lamp, (1) actinic-03 lamp
(14) Blue Moonlight LEDs from top
(10) Blue Moonlight LEDs from bottom
(10) White LEDs from bottom
Plants Loaches have damaged:
Aponogeton Madagascariensis (chew the stems)
Amazon Sword (shred the leaves)
Plants I have killed:
Ludwigia Peruensis (loses leaves until it dies)
Plants that live:
Red Tiger Lotus (small)
Jungle Val (very small after being stifled in another tank, but it’s slowly growing back)
Ignore the big green plant going up the middle of the back. It’s a plant tube I need to replace with black air tubing.
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