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rexpepper651 01-25-2013 01:00 AM

stop my Buenos Aires from destroying my plants!
 
these little dudes are ruining my new plants! pretty much stripped my wisteria down to the stem and i caught them attacking my swords today before work! i tapped on the glass an yelled at them but i dont think thats going to work lol. they dont touch my java fern or the 2 diff kinds of val i have. is there a way i can get them to stop? anything i can feed them?

fish monger 01-25-2013 03:03 AM

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Originally Posted by rexpepper651 (Post 1404524)
these little dudes are ruining my new plants! pretty much stripped my wisteria down to the stem and i caught them attacking my swords today before work! i tapped on the glass an yelled at them but i dont think thats going to work lol. they dont touch my java fern or the 2 diff kinds of val i have. is there a way i can get them to stop? anything i can feed them?

Plant eating is apparently one of their flaws. Wisteria seems to be a favorite of my fish also. Other than having only plants that they won't eat, maybe try some of the blanched greens like lettuce, spinach, cucumber. Needs to be something they like and is easier to eat than the plants. Good luck.

rexpepper651 01-25-2013 03:25 AM

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Originally Posted by fish monger (Post 1404547)
Plant eating is apparently one of their flaws. Wisteria seems to be a favorite of my fish also. Other than having only plants that they won't eat, maybe try some of the blanched greens like lettuce, spinach, cucumber. Needs to be something they like and is easier to eat than the plants. Good luck.

a veggie clip an some lettuce an spinach ill try it! maybe cucumber too. how long do i cook it for?

fish monger 01-25-2013 04:46 AM

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Originally Posted by rexpepper651 (Post 1404552)
a veggie clip an some lettuce an spinach ill try it! maybe cucumber too. how long do i cook it for?

Well, you want it tender but not mushy. In other words, it comes apart easily but isn't slimy. Get the water boiling rapidly, drop in individual leaves, and be ready to test in about 30 seconds. It should definitely not be any more than a couple of minutes. Then you want to drop it in very cold / ice water to stop the cooking. It might take some experimenting and then you'll know from experience. You could probably use frozen spinach and just heat until it thaws completely.

rexpepper651 01-25-2013 05:21 AM

do i just hang it in there for a day an replace it every day? or can it be longer? thank you very much for the help. i really like my new plants and im kind of fond of my tetras too lol

fish monger 01-25-2013 06:01 AM

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Originally Posted by rexpepper651 (Post 1404574)
do i just hang it in there for a day an replace it every day? or can it be longer? thank you very much for the help. i really like my new plants and im kind of fond of my tetras too lol

It'll take some observation. If the veggies start looking like they're degrading and the fish aren't paying attention to them, switch them out. It might take the fish a while to trust them. You might also need to try different locations in the tank. Plan on it taking a week or so to see what's going on. Sorry but, that's the best I can suggest. So much of this is trial and error. More often than not, we have to compromise when it comes to mixing fish and plants.

rexpepper651 01-25-2013 06:18 AM

alright cool cool. all youre suggestions have been very helpful. ill give it a go when i get up. lets hope it works! i really like my amazon swords and they seem to be doing very well and have grown quite abit in the week ive had them but if they gotta go they gotta go. my lil hell raisers gotta stay haha. thanks again mr monger!

TitanTDH 01-28-2013 05:17 PM

Not sure if it would work, but have you considered duckweed. Add it to the tank before feeding and see if it makes a difference. You might need to cultivate in a bucket until you have a decent supply but it may save the hassle of putting veggies in every other day.

Just an idea

Good luck

fish monger 01-28-2013 06:08 PM

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Originally Posted by TitanTDH (Post 1409986)
Not sure if it would work, but have you considered duckweed. Add it to the tank before feeding and see if it makes a difference. You might need to cultivate in a bucket until you have a decent supply but it may save the hassle of putting veggies in every other day.

Just an idea

Good luck

This is definitely worth a try. Like Titan says, it beats cooking for the fish. I know that goldfish are crazy about duckweed.

rexpepper651 02-12-2013 12:39 AM

they stopped eating all my plants once they ate all the water sprite and wisteria. my swords have new growth an they havent even bothered them or my val.,.. maybe they didnt lke the new plants at first lol


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