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My clown loaches do poke holes in the Java fern, and it's definitely not
poisonous because I transferred a large batch of it (on a piece of
driftwood) into an unplanted tank with two 6-inch tinfoil barbs. They
liked the Java fern salad even better than the anacharis and duckweed I
dump in there every week. I had hoped they would leave the Java fern alone
so I could decorate a little better, but no such luck. It may taste bad to
any self-respecting fish, but as far as I can tell, tinfoils will eat
pretty much anything. I think the deterrant for most fish is that the
leaves seem pretty tough compared to many other aquatic plants. Maybe it's
just not worth the effort?
mshea at delta_info.net
>I have also noticed holes in several types of plants in tanks with
>They seem to damage every broad-leafed plant but Java fern. Also, goldfish
>nearly any plant, but don't even nibble on Java fern either. Could it be
>Java fern is poisonous or bad-tasting ?