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Mysterious plant muncher
Old 09-24-2012, 07:26 AM   #1
 
Mysterious plant muncher

Are platies plant munchers? My plants have bite marks and I'm pretty sure it's not the fem bettas.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
 
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Hi Freyja. I had the same problem... unfortunately we bring in tiny baby snails and/or eggs with our plants when we buy them. You may not be able to see them right now but you will in a few weeks. Another way to see them is to turn off your lights at night in the usual manner, but go check on your tank 2-3 hours later by turning on the lights. Sorry it shocks the fish as they are also asleep, sometimes in strange places and positions, lol, but all is fine in the morning. Look around at you your plants, gravel.... let us know what you see. What size is your tank?
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:09 AM   #3
 
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Hi Freyja. I had the same problem... unfortunately we bring in tiny baby snails and/or eggs with our plants when we buy them. You may not be able to see them right now but you will in a few weeks. Another way to see them is to turn off your lights at night in the usual manner, but go check on your tank 2-3 hours later by turning on the lights. Sorry it shocks the fish as they are also asleep, sometimes in strange places and positions, lol, but all is fine in the morning. Look around at you your plants, gravel.... let us know what you see. What size is your tank?
I know I have one tiny snail. Curses! I guess I must invest in some lettuce. At least I know its not my platies . Thanks Jakie!
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:33 AM   #4
 
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When I said strange places for fishy sleep.... My Congo Tetras, at night my 2 big males must swim head first into my Anubius cause I found them side by side, vertical...nose down wrapped in the leaves... I was... OMG...both my Congo males are dead! I thought oh well, I'll fish them out in the morning... next morning, racing around around as usual. I didn't know fish sleep!
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:14 AM   #5
 
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When I said strange places for fishy sleep.... My Congo Tetras, at night my 2 big males must swim head first into my Anubius cause I found them side by side, vertical...nose down wrapped in the leaves... I was... OMG...both my Congo males are dead! I thought oh well, I'll fish them out in the morning... next morning, racing around around as usual. I didn't know fish sleep!
LOL that must've been a fright and a pleasant surprise after. I'm starting to stock my 20g and so far I have 3 platies 1:2. Im planning on getting at least three more platies and some guppies or just do a platy tank and get different types along with RCS.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:21 PM   #6
 
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I know I have one tiny snail. Curses! I guess I must invest in some lettuce. At least I know its not my platies . Thanks Jakie!
I have some adolescent platys that eat the small leaves off my arachnis(?) but it doesn't seem to hurt the plants. I also have anubias with what looks like big bites taken out of it but never saw anyone doing it. Might be an issue with the plant itself. I used to not want snails also, but brought some in on the plants. Now I love them. They are not as bad as they sound and are beneficial to your tank. They are a valuable piece of the system and regulate their population according to your feeding style. Win win. Besides, if you have one, you have way more than one.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #7
 
I discovered two snails and I think they are trumpet snails because they burrow happily in the gravel. I'm happy to have them now because I know they eat decaying plant matter and will be beneficial in the long run.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:39 AM   #8
 
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Ah, the joys of buying a beautiful new plant only to have it destroyed by stowaway snails. lol Well, it's pretty hard for them to destroy large healthy plants, but keep an eye out so they don't chew them up too much! I ended up with a purpely/red Apple Snail, he's gotten rather big. Unfortunately many "Pond" snails came with him. My apple leaves the plants alone, but the pond snails go munching on them and they breed so fast! I started out with two as well, and in two months I had hundreds. And the little ones are hard to spot. My Kuhli's keep their numbers down a little bit, but they don't remedy them, and once you have them, it's near impossible to get rid of them if you decide later that they're an issue. I've tried all those home remedies, and even re-did my tank, but eggs obviously survived that!

They are lovely little cleaners if you don't mind holes in your plants here and there though, just keep an eye out for too many! When I was trying to catch all the ones I could see to get rid of them...I lost my nerve when I found a bunch of little pure white ones. >< Ah, when snails steal your heart, you must be insane. =p

I've had less issues with holes in my plants when I pull the snails off them when I see them and move them elsewhere. Sure, they come back, but it takes a while. xD Also, I like to bury a small piece of algae wafer for them, they all go for that and leave the plants alone. They also like the rinds on peas and green beans, and they're safe for your fish too. Well fed snails leave the plants -mostly- alone, so maybe that will help. I had ZERO luck with feeding/catching them with lettuce, and I left a good sized leaf in there for two days once before I got tired of it. lol

Ah, also, both my mollies and platies sometimes pick on the plants. Usually either females in labor, or pregnant and grumpy, or miffed males without an interesting girl to chase. They will usually slam into the leaves on a plant, and sometimes take a bite at the same time, though they usually spit it out. They only really do that when they're extra moody though, or as I said, labor pains. lol

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