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Hi guys, I have planted some stonewort in my fish tank and off the filter system for about 4 days so that the stonewort's roots can grow into the gravel.

Unfortunately, I saw all of the stonewort disappear suddenly today, water quality haven't improved . Why this happen anyway? I wonder if my 7 blue gourami and a tilapia ate the stonewort ? Well, I haven't feed them any flakes during these days :p

What should I do to grow the stonewort successfully ? Should I separate the fish in another tank and let the new stonewort / aquatic plants grow in the tank ?

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To the best of my knowledge, blue gourami are not really herbivorous. They will pick at algae but they are not known for eating plants. It depends on what kind of tilapia you have though. I think some can be somewhat herbivorous while others are more carnivorous.

Unless your filter flow is insanely strong, you should be fine leaving the filter on while the plants root and grow. Just be sure to bury the stems deep into the substrate. Another option is to find a very small terra cotta pot (nonglazed). Fill this with your substrate and plant the stems in this pot. The pot will protect the roots as they take hold.
 

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I have off my filter for about 4 days, I think I should feed them some flakes so that they will not nip/eat my aquatic plants, is it right?

My stonewort always got sucked by the filter after I plant it . And stonewort is so messy, I don't even know where the roots lol Well, I will try to cut some plastic bottle into pot-sized and plant them into the pot... :p

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I have no experience with the fish or plant you are talking about but if the one of the is in fact eating your plants. The best way to try to get then not is feeding then. You can try to feed them a small amount couple times a day. Say like a lil in the morning and a lil at night. The idea is if they have enough food present they won't eat your plants. This doesn't always work. The other option is to get plants that most fish wont eat such as Anubias and or Java Fern.
 

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Why fish won't eat Anubias and Java Fern ?

btw, thanks for the replies :) Any tips on growing stonewort in the fish tank? What benefits of it?
 

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i had fish destroy alot of my plants! the trick is to just try and find what plants they wont. its frustrating thats for sure! benifits of having plants is it helps with water quality and it makes the tank look alot better! also makes the fish feel more at home and safe.
 

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Why fish won't eat Anubias and Java Fern ?

btw, thanks for the replies :) Any tips on growing stonewort in the fish tank? What benefits of it?
The leaves are kind of thicker then other plants and the leaves generally doing taste good to them.
 

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Why no filter?

They will be some natural movement in there with out a filter to move the water but just very very slow. They can grow this way depending on the plants and how dense you have it planted.
 

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because my filter is strong, if i open, the new plants that I just plant into the gravel will sucked out :/
 

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Stonewort is a macro algae, not a plant. Blue gourami are omnivores that will eat at algae. A lot of tilapia species will eat plants, so I imagine a plant like algae would work too.

You mentioned water quality hadn't improved? How big is the aquarium? Having the filter off wouldn't help improve the water quality and you have some decently sized fish.
 
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