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>   I have been noticing that all my sword plants in my 29 gal tank were
>getting holes through out one or two leaves apiece.  I had suspected my
>Chines algae Eater because I have been warned that they sometimes can
>attack plants.  Today when I woke up I heard a very annoying clicking
>sound from the tank. I turned the tank light on and waited for it to
>start again. The gang of 3 three clown loaches were attacking a helpless
>sword leaf! It amazed me to hear this load clicking noise and see a new
>hole appear where they just attacked. I looked on many online info source
>before I bought these rather expensive gems (clown loaches, $12 each) and
>nothing indicated to me that they attacked plants.
>   My question is has anybody else experienced this same phenomenon? (Did
>I just miss that paragraph that describes their vegetarian diet?)

I knoticed this also.  I was rather annoyed also like you were, I have a
school of 13 of them.  I found that if I put a piece of lettuce in the
tank they will happly tear holes into it and eat that instead.  After
doing that for a month my swords are almost hole free again.  The seem to
really prefered the swords more than anything else in the tank.  Make sure
to sink the lettuce.

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