Fish Eating My Plants?!

Gabrielle BK

Member
HI everyone!

So I've had my 5 gallon tank for about 4 months now and have 2 African dwarf frogs and 2 female guppies. Everything is fine in my tank except for my plants. They are green mondo grass from PetSmart and have been shredded by my fish and frogs. I am not too concerned as the plants were really for my fish anyways so don't mind if I have to buy new ones, but would like to know why they are doing this so I don't have to buy a whole bunch of plants. I also have moneywort and they are doing fine.

I have posted a picture so if anyone has any tips of what is going on and how to maybe stop this. Also let me know if they look dead and if they will every grow back again. The first two pictures of are my plants right now, and the bottom is what they looked like a month ago.

Thanks!


 

Tyler Fishman

Member
it may be melting, what is your temperature, also mondo grass is not a true aquatic plant, it dies submerged after a while
 
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Gabrielle BK

Member
My temperature is 74, so even a little colder than I want. Oh really?? How long does it normally survive?
 

Dolfan

Member
Too my knowledge, mondo grass is not truly aquatic, and needs to be grown emerged with roots in water. This is very common for the big box stores to sell stuff like this and not inform people. Here's a link from plantedtank with discussion about it...

Mondo Grass - Why is it marketed as Aquatic? - The Planted Tank Forum

friendly reminder to do your research before you buy anything.
 
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Gabrielle BK

Member
Oh that sucks. They were in the regular submerged plant container and no one told me they weren't good to keep submerged. Again, do you know how long they should live if they are under water??
 

AngelTheGypsy

Member
I bought 2 not knowing either. They were submerged in the plant tank. They started deteriorating after a week. Today I found some dry at lowes in the garden center, it's a grass often used to edge flower gardens. I should have known as I have at least 200(probably more) feet of it lining the flower beds at my house
 

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