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Old 03-06-2020, 08:06 AM   #1
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Platys stripping plants

Hi all Iím new here can someone advise if this is normal for platys to do this to plants and why they do it.
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Old 03-06-2020, 10:35 AM   #2
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My platys will strip plants too but not like this. They like to eat vegetables/algae. This looks more like your plant is rotting, are you sure your platys are the cause?
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Hi thanks for your reply my platys and cherry barbs are constantly picking at it. Iíve thrown the plant gonna get a new one just wanted to understand if and why they do it
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Maybe try feeding a more vegetable rich diet or growing more algae in your tank.
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That's not the platys or barbs: that plant is melting away, and they're snacking on the decaying vegetable matter and algae. In fact, I don't even think that's an aquatic plant: it looks at most like an emersed plant that can have its roots in the water, but the leaves need to be above the surface. Way too many stores sell these plants as "aquatic." I would remove it and replace it with a genuinely aquatic plant.

Do you remember what it was called at the store?
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I don’t but thank you for replying
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