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Old 11-28-2004, 10:40 AM   #1
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Effects of Live Plants on Water quality

I have a 55 gallon plant - 2 angels - silver dollars and 1 small pleco, I have some live plants in the tank. Some of the leaves are dying and get hooked in the filter and decay. What effect will this have on the water chemistry ?

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Old 11-28-2004, 11:01 AM   #2
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Over the long haul any decaying organic matter will act to bring the pH down. I remove any dead or dying leaves as part of my regular maintenance. I'm surprised you can keep any live plants with silver dollars. They are notorious plant eaters.
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Thanks for the info



Thanks that answers my question, and I have never had any problem with the silver dollars nibbling plants. I only have a pair and they behave themselves.
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It's possbile that's what is happening, the silver dollars are nibbling the plants and killing them. How big are they? My scats did this when I tried to add java fern to my 135g a couple years ago. They just nibbled it and didn't eat the whole thing.
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Aren't there a few plants that fish just won't eat? I seem to remember reading 'herbevores won't eat' tagged on descriptions a lot but I'm not sure how accurate that is...but if it is, you might try switching to less tasty plants.
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Ger fake plants or no plants.

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Crinum thaianum is said to with stand cichlids, not sure about silver dollars tho, but the leaves are very tough!
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