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post #11 of 17 Old 09-08-2009, 10:13 PM
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byron yes true they do jump and also CAN PUSH THE PLASTIC LIDS OPEN.
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post #12 of 17 Old 09-09-2009, 10:39 AM
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yippe i have live plants in my tank with the leps and they havent toched them yet. i do use dry seaweed and cucumbers tho. so that way they dont eat the plants.
Sometimes this will work and sometimes not. The thing to bear in mind is that the fish by instinct and evolution is vegetarian, naturally eating plants. If alternative vegetable food is provided and the fish comes to "prefer" it, you may be able to save your plants. But not all specimens will act according to our wishes. The risk is there. Just like those who keep angels with neons and say they never have a problem; but many others find the angels eating the neons for lunch.

Another point is that not all plants are "tasty" and some have chemical structures to prevent being eaten. I believe I've read that nothing will eat Java Fern. But Ceratopteris in the same tank would be devoured in a minute.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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thanks byron. I did not know that. I do have java ferns. That must be why they dont eat them. What other plants are there that they wont eat? sorry for all the ??????
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thanks byron. I did not know that. I do have java ferns. That must be why they dont eat them. What other plants are there that they wont eat? sorry for all the ??????
No problem with questions--only this time I can't answer you because I don't know what plants are not "tasty" to these or similar fish. Never had plant eaters, not in my aquaria.

You might find info on specialist sites, like

The Planted Tank - Articles, Forums, Pictures, Links

Aquatic Gardeners Association

Natural Aquariums - Guide to Planted Aquariums, Aquatic Plants, & Freshwater Invertebrates

Aquatic Plant Central

Should be an afternoon or two's reading.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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You can try hornwort. I have lots of plant eating fish, but none that will eat hornwort.
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Thank you Twistermom.
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-12-2009, 02:20 AM
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hey yip Have you decided if you were going to get one? I thoght i would share a pic with you guys.096.jpg
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