I have been searching, but have only been able to find tidbits of info here and there about the types of live plants that can be successfully planted in a tank with adult clown/yoyo loaches. I would love to convert my sand substrate tank with artificial plants to an Eco-complete/tahitian black moon sand substrate with live plants. What does everything think of this idea? And mainly, does anyone have any suggestions/good sources for plants that won't be eaten by the loaches, other than java moss? Thanks so much for the help!
The only damage I ever see is the occasional nipped limnophila which is insignificant because it reproduces by runners and is much like a weed. I prune it once a month, along with the cabomba because it will take over the tank if I don't. They never seem to bother with the anubias, crypts (tho others have seen 'popping' of holes in them in their tanks) or other plants.
Among the plants I have are Vallisnerias, swords, crypts, anubias, Java ferns, wisteria.
Anyway you may want to stick with Java fern, crypts and sag unless you don't mind feeding expensive "amazon lettuce".
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I've found the larger Anubias' and Java Ferns are more or less safe. Elodia (Anacharis) is fairly safe as well. My only problem with the Anubias' is that the big loach seems to think if they are in his way, it's ok for him to push them around Not that I mind TOO much, but by the end of the week, at least half of them are floating around the tank
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I wouldn't go to the extreme of no plants. Just pick some that grow well in your conditions and either the loaches leave alone or grow faster then they can eat. What has been said already is good advice, and here are a few more I have found work. Vals, they seem to hate them. Crpyts too must taste bad.
Here is a 90 gal tank I set up in '96, this was taken in '03, and it's still going today. You can see the Vals, Anubius, Crypts, and anackirus.
Here is a 35 gal hex tank that's mostly Java fern.
Setup up the tank for the plants and the fish will thrive.
They left the snipping for the limnophila pieces of which would end up floating on top of the cabomba mass.
http://www.tropicalfishgallery.com/phot ... =117&pos=4
I have managed to get a few large Anubias' doing quite well. The Anacharis is "funky" but the loaches are leaving it alone. I've put a couple crypts in, but I think melt took over and the loaches just took advantage of some soft leaves to munch. They aren't completely gone, and they are getting some new leaves, so I have hope for them
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