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Re: Clown Loach Eating Plants

>   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
>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
>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
>   My question is has anybody else experienced this same phenomenon? (Did I
>just miss that paragraph that describes their vegetarian diet?)

I have six rather small clown loaches in my discus tank. Before they
arrived I had a couple of big and beautiful Aponogeton ulvaceus in the
tank. In less than a week the clown loaches had punched holes in almost all
of the long, broad undulating leaves. None og my books on aquatic plants
mention this behaviour. The loaches doesn't seem to eat the leaves, they
just have great fun destroying them.

Stephan L Sandemose