Bristlenose And Carpet Plants

FergusDaFish

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I think my Bristlenose pleco is uprooting my crypt parva and dwarf baby tears which is driving me crazy because they're really hard to keep rooted in my fluval aqua soil substrate. I tear my hair out day after day replanting them because it takes minutes to get one little teeny sprig of baby tears to stay in the soil.

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Should I just give up on these plants?
 

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For me, the fun of a tank is relaxing. If you are having to fight your little buddy to leave them alone, well...
 

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I felt the same way about a couple carpeting plants ice tried. Dwarf hairgrass and baby sagitariaas. My cory's and snails kept up rooting them. And I keep damaging them trying to plant them back. I eventually gave up on them.. I wanna replace them with crypts but they're expensive in my area.
 

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If you have an extra tank and patience... You can move your pleco in a separate tank and put him back once the plants have settled in. Although that can take a couple months... If you have co2, maybe a few weeks.
 

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I have removed the carpeting plants from the front centre of my tank because my Bristlenoses like to feed there.

The plants were a barrier to
them.
18.02.06 Ancistrus Bristlenose Catfish Cube Steve Joul - Copy.jpg
 

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I had to go with plants I could attactto decor with my plecos the closest thing to carpeting that works for me is Java moss on ornaments and driftwood. Most things get plowed into and pulled up.
 
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Thanks for the info everyone, it looks like I might abandon the baby tears but I think I'm going to give my parva a chance to develop better root systems and then replant them.
 
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Update: I glued my crypt parva down to a thing that comes wrapped around plants from my LFS and it's working so far... One plant was knocked off and floated up but the others are still in the substrate.

Alternate problem: My betta is now eating the zucchini that I'm giving my pleco. Pleco ate all of his zucchini quarter last night except the green peel and some seeds and I caught Fergus eating the seeds this morning. He must have been eating it for a while because now he's bloated. He's now in his feeder in quarantine. (I have to separate him from the cardinals I have in the tank using a floating breeder box or he eats all their food.)
 

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My BN uproots all kinds of plants. Makes me want to rehome him sometimes, but not really. Ya know? He can be very frustrating with that behavior.
 

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Update: I glued my crypt parva down to a thing that comes wrapped around plants from my LFS and it's working so far... One plant was knocked off and floated up but the others are still in the substrate.

Alternate problem: My betta is now eating the zucchini that I'm giving my pleco. Pleco ate all of his zucchini quarter last night except the green peel and some seeds and I caught Fergus eating the seeds this morning. He must have been eating it for a while because now he's bloated. He's now in his feeder in quarantine. (I have to separate him from the cardinals I have in the tank using a floating breeder box or he eats all their food.)

I bought a small bag of black rocks from petco and glued them onto my plants. It's perfect size/weight for your black substrate. It's only 2 bucks for about 50 rocks
 
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