Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #12
I was wondering if you could all give me a suggestion about a problem I'm
having right now. Along with many other plants, I have a few varieties of
anubias in my 40 gallon tank. Unfortunately, one of the fish in my tank is
nibbling away at the new leaves. One of my favorite plants, a.coffeafolia
grows well, but each new leaf grows jagged and deformed because someone
nibbles on it while it's still a shoot.
I have the following fish in the tank. Suggestions on which one is the
culprit. I have my own suspicions:
6 SAE (siamese flying foxes, crosochelius siamensis) (1.5 in.)
5 ottocinclus affinis (.75 in.)
1 peckolita (clown pleco) (2 in.)
2 sturisoma (7 in.)
2 apistogramma agasizzi (1.5 in.)
2 aequidens dorsiger (2 in.)
Without my siamese flying foxes, I couldn't possibly keep this species
anyway. I had failed miserably for two years to prevent brush algae growth,
and these darlings are the only way I have to curtail its growth. I now have
a beautiful tank. I have simultaneously added a CO2 canister and home-made
reactor to the tank.
Without knowing which was the primary factor behind it...I now have the most
phenomenal specimens of cryptocoryne wendtii you'v ever seen. Among others,
I have two plants in the front which are now 8.5 in. tall with 40+ leaves
I believe a majority of the factor behind their phenomenal growth is the two
halogen flood lamps that I hung over the front of the tank (in addition to
the 2 x 40 watt flourescent Vita Lights) and of course CO2 fertilization and
daily (not weekly) addition of small amounts of Kent fertilizer.
Anyway, any thoughts on the anubias-eater?