08-25-2010, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by andrewsz123
Thank you for all the great responses! So I bought 2 Small Bristlenose plecos last night at the LFS. And one of them immediately went after my small cambodia plants. By the morning about 30% of them were remaining, they would eat at the bottom of the stem and I would find them floating. So I am not going to have any of them in the tank and I will return them and buy more plants. A hard lesson learned :( I liked my plants.
I would expect this is due to what kitten mentioned, and I have frequently written (though not in this thread, perhaps I should have stated it again)--don't buy algae-eating fish until the tank is well matured and there is plenty of algae. Unless you really like and want the fish as a fish in its own right, but in this case the tank has to be "ready" for the fish with special needs. Had there been available food, the BN's might have spared your plants, though only one would achieve this goal. Also, cabomba is a very fine-leaf and tender plant, and one that frequently is the target of any vegetarian. But again as kitten mentioned, some species eat plants. As you say, a lesson learned; most of us have gone through similar.