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Fish that will eat plant debris (hornwort)

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by ddoan, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. ddoan

    ddoan AC Members

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    Is there a fish that will eat hornwort debris readily? I have quite a bit and want some help cleaning it out. I have no algae, my amonia is 0 as well as my nitrite. My nitrate is below 5 according to the hagen test kit.

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    Don
     
  2. OrionGirl

    OrionGirl No freelancing!

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    Snails will clean up plant debris, after it has begun to break down a bit. Most fish that will eat this kind of stuff will also eat the plant itself. You may want to look into getting a prefilter on a power head--the litter gets sucked onto the filter, which can be easily removed and rinsed.
     
  3. ddoan

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    Any particular fish? I was thinking about getting a couple of Pseudotropheus socolofi aka Powder Blue Cichlids, but they will a month old and I don't know how they'll even touch the debris. I also have a dwarf neon puffer that likes snails dearly. Adding snails will be hard since they disappear readily.

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    I'm not that familiar with cichlids--you may want to post in the Cichlid forum and see what they can tell you.

    Dwarf neon puffer? Have a scientific name for that? I have dwarf puffers, so know what you mean about snails vanishing. Of course, they can also be very abusive to just about any fish--I had to remove the cories from my tank because the puffers were beating the heck out of their fins.
     
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    Plants "lock up" nitrates. One way to get rid of nitrates is to cull the dying plants from your tank.
     
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    PumaWard In loving memory of Meeko

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    I when I had dwarf gourami that they used to eat dead/dying pieces of my hornwart. Don't put them in there though if you're puffer will beat the living daylights out of them ;)
     

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