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featheredarms
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PostPosted: 2003.09.16(Tue)15:19    Post subject: silver dollars eating plants Reply with quote

hello-- newbie here. I have a 46 gallon curvefront tank that's been set up for a year or so. It's home to 2 Giant danios, a peacock eel, a pleco, some feeder guppies, and five wonderful silver dollars. The plastic plants I inherited with a ten gallon outfit I inherited from a friend just didn't look right to me, so the beginning of this summer I decided to give a planted tank a try-- I went to the big chain store by me, picked out some plants (they weren't labelled, a few very thin grassy plants in pots and two big leafy ones Embarassed ) . Within a month the dollars had eaten them all down to stubs! After doing some reading on the dollars (again , Embarassed ) I found out they like veggies, so they've been getting a big leaf of romaine every night in addition to frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp. It's gone by morning. This week I bought two more of those grassy plants and moved them into the tank. They're already almost gone!

Which brings me to my question: With five dollars in the tank, is there any hope of having this as a planted tank, or should I just go with driftwood and use the failure as an excuse Wink to buy a new tank to start up?

thanks for your help-- colin.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.16(Tue)15:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

They do not eat (at least with romaine as an alternative) anubias species.
I have also has some success with lilieopsis (sp.?)
Keep trying different plants, they do not eat everything.
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Location: Buffalo, NY

PostPosted: 2003.09.16(Tue)21:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently (tonight) moved 2 dollars to the pet store. There are plants they won't eat if they have alternatives. I can tell you what they enjoyed with their 2 week stay at my house.

Zucinni, lettuce (romaine), peas, duck weed (about a table spoon every 2 days), Eurasia Milfoil (*sigh), and giant val. They did not eat my java moss, java fern, anachris, or much of my sickly camboba. The pervious owner had them mow down his anachris with nothing else veggie to munch on.

I hear they work well with Oscars in a tank. You might consider getting a 75. Getting 3 more Dollars and an oscar.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.18(Thu)5:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the advice-- I'll look for annubias at my lfs. As for the 75 gal-- I am considering doing that once I get an apartment with room for one. I've been reading about Amazon biotopes and I am intrigued. For right now, 3 tanks is enough. I am running out of unnoccupied electrical outlets!

thanks! colin.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.18(Thu)9:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

*LOL* I know the feeling. I have a 30 and 3 in the living room, the 75 in the computer room, the 20 and 10 in the spare room. The wife won't let me put a small reef tank in the wall of the shower! hehehe....
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