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BradSD 08-14-2010 05:49 AM

Fish to avoid in the planted aquariums
I am wondering if there is a list of fish to avoid in the planted aquarium. Thinking some may eat the plants or just be to rough swimming around the tank. If there is no list could you guys post some of you're problem fish.

Inga 08-14-2010 09:15 AM

Leporinus are definitely NOT fish for the planted aquarium. That said, they are not fish for the average size fish tank either. I am desperately trying to find a good home for mine. The store I bought them at said they will get no larger then 6 inches long. In truth, they get to be up to 18 inches long. They also eat plants like crazy.

I have heard that some of the real active fish can damage leaves and such. I have Tiger Barbs and they are very very active. I am sure they do some damage as well but it is really hard to tell beyond the destruction the Leporinus are inflicting on my plants. ha ha

I think it also depends on how sturdy of plants you chose. Some plants are quite frail and fussy others are tough and easy to deal with.

Also, I have heard most cichlids are big on uprooting plants which is why people will commonly have rocks and plastic plants as decor. Some Cichlids can live with some plants from my understanding.

Byron 08-14-2010 09:24 AM

Agree with Inga. Herbivorous fish obviously would be inclined to eat plants; some plants more than others. This is referenced in our profiles where applicable. With herbivorous fish plants like Java Fern tend to last (I'm not aware of anything that will eat it), and maybe Anubias. Fine leaf or soft leaf plants like most stem plants will quickly disappear.

Cichlids that like to rearrange their environment will uproot plants, and potting the plants can sometimes solve this problem.

redchigh 08-14-2010 11:18 AM

Cichlids (as mentioned), Goldfish, monos, scats, silver dollars, crawfish (not the CPOs, they do fine).... I might think of more.

kitten_penang 08-14-2010 11:35 AM

inga knows first hand her fish keep keeping her garden clean out without her permission =) other would be the burring type like eels and loaches

Inga 08-14-2010 11:49 AM


Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 446763)
inga knows first hand her fish keep keeping her garden clean out without her permission

LOL Right?

Russell 08-14-2010 03:19 PM

If you are going to plant a cichlid tank, wait until they have arranged it. Then, observe where they live, they normally have a hole they dig out to live and sleep, and where they swim. They are not random in their "decorating" they make a bed and swimming lanes and clear sight lines to keep watch over their territory. If you obstruct any of these with plants or decor, real or fake they will move it or destroy it. If it is too heavy or tough to destroy they will rearrange everything with the new immovable object in mind. Typically with a cichlid corners and on top of rocks and wood are the only options. Because they don't eat plants species choice isn't as important as location. Just something for anyone who really wants their cichlids to enjoy the benefits of plants. I currently have a 10g planted tank housing a single mature male convict cichlid.

kitten_penang 08-14-2010 04:50 PM

my flowerhorn does the same thing.i like to rearange his rocks to play with him and he'll do it all over again hehehe.he's like a still sad he passed away.he was the coolest fish could hold him with one hand and remove him from the tank.he makes no fuss at all he'll stay as still as he can while in your hands till you set him into the other holding tank.i bet no one else can do this to their fish =)

Inga 08-14-2010 04:54 PM

I used to have a Goldfish like that Kitten. I thought it was maybe retarded but it would definitely let you hold it or grab it out. Odd but convenient. I wish my Leporinus would allow that about now.

kitten_penang 08-14-2010 05:27 PM

haha the gardeners are happy in there i think they wanna be there longer lol maybe after all the plants gone all you have to do is set a bowl with plants and put it beside their tank and they'll probably jump in hehehehe

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