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Old 01-30-2007, 08:19 PM   #1
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what is eating my plants? UPDATED 4-14-07

what what is eating my plants?

plant affected = Ozelot sword

tank inhabitants = MTS, Ramshorn snail (the plant friendly kind), 6 neon tetra and one male apisto
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It doesn't seem likely that it would be one of the fish given what you have in the tank. Is it possible that there was something going on with that leaf and the ramshorns got ahold of it?
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It doesn't seem likely that it would be one of the fish given what you have in the tank. Is it possible that there was something going on with that leaf and the ramshorns got ahold of it?
as far as i know they are healthy leaves... i have diatoms in the tank, but that is it that i know of.
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No experience with the snails, but from my experience, I think neither neon tetras nor apistos should be considered suspects.
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More food needed for the snails then maybe?

I have quite a few ramshorn and pond snails but so far no signs of feeding on my plants.
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It looks like the leaf had started to die back some and the snails ate the portion that was no longer healthy. Is it just the older leaves that are affected?
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Is it just the older leaves that are affected?
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Probably a Nitrate and/or Phosphate deficiency. Since it's just the sword that's being affected, it could be as simple as adding a root tab under the plant. Another option would be to increase your Nitrate and Phosphate dosing slightly.
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Probably a Nitrate and/or Phosphate deficiency. Since it's just the sword that's being affected, it could be as simple as adding a root tab under the plant. Another option would be to increase your Nitrate and Phosphate dosing slightly.
the sword has a root tab (only about 2 weeks old) plus i have eco compleat, dosing 1/4 tsp CSM+B, 1/4 tsp NO3, 1/4 K and 1/16 tsp PO4 in a 10 gallon... with weekly 50% pwc.

this should put me at 21 ppm NO3, 6.5 ppm PO4(perhaps way to high) and 36 ppm K
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IMO, the leaf does display snail "nibble" damage but to consume that much of the plant would have either taken a few days or multiple snails.
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