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Mirta 01-12-2008 11:22 AM

Angels destroyed a fern plant
Here is a plant which I identify as a ceratopteris. I have read that it can be left floating or planted into gravel. I decided to plant one bit but almost as soon as I finished my 6 angels came up to it and started biting at it!

This is what remained of that plant!

And I thought angels where almost entirely carnivorous. :?

herefishy 01-12-2008 12:19 PM

Angels strictly carniverous? NOT!!!!! Angel fish are members of the cichlid family. They need a varied diet of flake food, live foods, and..... that's right plant matter. It looks like they found a source of greens on their own.

If you are wanting to add plants in your tank, they should be a tough leaved species. Anubius, some crypts, and some swords will fit the bill nicely. I have actually had angels spawn on some of the broader leaved plants.

Mirta 01-12-2008 01:08 PM


I have read about their carnivorous nature in a book. It is pretty old.

I do give flakes and granules, as well as worms to my angels. They are well fed, but always hungry! :lol:

I will buy lettuce for them now, maybe they will leave the plants alone. The main thing for me is not to get them poisoned.

As to that plant, I only bought it for floating purposes - to give a little shade for the neons. Then I read that it can be planted - and you know the result.

There is another floating plant - salvinia (?)in my tanks, but nobody is interested in eating that, although they call it 'cabbages' in local shops. :lol:

Lupin 01-12-2008 09:41 PM

Well, I heard several accounts in another forum about angels destroying their plants. Mine destroyed all my Nymphaea lotus.

herefishy 01-12-2008 11:15 PM

Mirta, you may want to consider by spinach or zucchini for your angels. Lettuce is one of those plants that has little nutritional value. Smashed fresh peas and green beans would be another good source of vegey matter. All foods should be fresh and not processed or canned. There are additives in processed foods that are harmful, if not fatal, to fish. Kind of makes you wonder what those foods are doing to humans, huh?

Mirta 01-13-2008 02:54 AM

Lettuce contains nitrates. I do not know if thorough washing helps to destroy them. Spinach is good. In summer I can get some, we grow it sometimes as well as lettuce. Also, green peas would be available only in summer. What about dried peas - crashed? Zucchini is kind of rare here. I am also afraid of the chemicals they put in our food. Fish will not survive that. :shock:

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