Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-12-2007, 12:35 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,020
Send a message via Yahoo to jcarlilesiu
Eating my Tiger Lotus!

I picked up 2 red hook silver dollars on Friday to be my center peice fish in my 56 gallon planted.

Today, I noticed several of my tiger lotus leaves floating on top of the water, and that many leaves still attached have been chewed.

URGH

I knew they were ominivores, but why do they have to go after my center peice plants? Im worried they will eat these plants to death. They aren't touching the amazon sword, val, sag, or ludwigia. As far as I can tell anyway.

Any advice? Should I feed them more, or should I take them back? Do you think they will eat the lotus to death? Any experience in this situation is appreciated.
__________________

jcarlilesiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2007, 12:44 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Zagz's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 17,108
Send a message via MSN to Zagz
FWIW I believe that silver dollars are plant eaters. You have to decide whether or not you want the plants or the silver dollars. If it were me I'd probably take them back.
__________________

__________________
AA Community Rules | AA TOS

-----------
Site Administrator
Zagz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2007, 08:15 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 487
Send a message via AIM to Atl300zx
people always tell me the silver dollars are plant eaters. They have never eaten anything in the tanks i have had them in for the past 4 years. Although last night my star grass was stripped bar....i am definately thinking it was them. I've had them too long to get rid of them now, ill see where it goes from here.
__________________
55 Gallon Tank Log
Atl300zx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2007, 10:13 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,020
Send a message via Yahoo to jcarlilesiu
Update. They were returned to the store last night.

I am still considering my options for center peice fish. Any suggestions are appreciated.

In the tank now is:

15 Rasbora Tetras
3 Rainbow fish
3 Clown Loaches
2 Algea Shrimp
3 Siamese algea eaters

I know my bio load is pushing it with a couple big center piece fish, but my maintanence is high.
jcarlilesiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2007, 11:09 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
evercl92's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Groveport, OH
Posts: 643
What's a rasbora tetra? I've heard of rasboras, and tetras, but not together.

How about a rainbow or red-tailed shark?
__________________
"... if any one specie does not become modified and improved in a corresponding degree with its competitors, it will soon be exterminated." - Charles Darwin
evercl92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2007, 01:51 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
travis simonson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Englewood, CO
Posts: 2,073
Silver dollars are known to be voracious herbivores. They won't eat all plants but can, and will, feast on any plant they find tasty.
__________________
“There is something in the quality of a good translation that can never be captured in the original.”
-William Gibson
travis simonson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2007, 08:20 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Northern California
Posts: 1,114
Depending on what type of Rainbows you have they can be great centerpiece fish.

Otherwise, maybe one larger Gourami, 1 Pearl, or 1 Blue Gourami would have a nice graceful look amongst all those schooling fish. Unless you go with a male and 1 or 2 females. Probably best to stick to 1 Gourami.

Again, depending on what type of Rainbows. Increasing to 5 rainbows with maybe 2 males and 3 females, or 7 with 3 males and 4 females. Would provide a very nice centerpiece. In larger groups rainbows can have some very interesting behavior.
__________________
Zezmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2007, 10:50 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
travis simonson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Englewood, CO
Posts: 2,073
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zezmo
Depending on what type of Rainbows you have they can be great centerpiece fish.
I'm with Zezmo on the rainbows. A school of Praecox rainbows or maybe a small group of millenium rainbows would look very striking.

A school of roseline barbs would also be quite nice. They get up to 5" when full-grown, and have some incredible coloration/markings. I'm also a big fan of snakeskin barbs in good-sized schools.
__________________
“There is something in the quality of a good translation that can never be captured in the original.”
-William Gibson
travis simonson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2007, 12:25 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,020
Send a message via Yahoo to jcarlilesiu
Thanks for the input.

I really like Monos, but I am having a hard time finding them locally at the moment.

How big do rainbows get? Because of the 24" depth of my tank, my aqua-scaping has to be very vertical (read tall driftwood and tall plants like vals). Due to this odd tank shape, I also feel I need some larger sized fish.

Right now, I am concentrating on getting my plants back to healthy again following the all out buffet the silver dollars caused. I think most of the plants will pull through.
jcarlilesiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2007, 05:21 PM   #10
Algae Fighter
 
JustOneMore20's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,872
Send a message via MSN to JustOneMore20
I believe Monos are brackish anyways.....so skip that idea.

The size of Rainbows depends on what type you have. Praecox Rainbows get about 2". There are some types that get around 4-6" (Boesemani and Turquoise are larger ones).
__________________
~Kristin~
2 planted tanks: 40g, 20g ; 38g Reef tank
My links to pics: 40g breeder planted build, 40g breeder planted update, My 38g Reef Build

JustOneMore20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2007, 11:04 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
travis simonson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Englewood, CO
Posts: 2,073
Monos are definitely brackish fish and require salt in their water. They can even be acclimated to full saltwater conditions. One thing that won't work, however, is keeping them in freshwater.
__________________

__________________
“There is something in the quality of a good translation that can never be captured in the original.”
-William Gibson
travis simonson is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eat, eating, tiger, tiger lotus

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New tiger lotus....you'll never guess where I got it... newfound77951 New Acquisitions 8 05-23-2006 06:05 PM
Tiger Lotus pruning Billsgate Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 8 01-09-2006 06:23 PM
The wonderful tiger lotus ultratonic1 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 2 12-04-2005 12:48 PM
African Tiger Lotus - HELP FawnN Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 12 12-04-2005 01:19 AM
Red Tiger Lotus dr_girlfriend Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 4 02-26-2005 04:22 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.