Carpets Vs Silver Dollar

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by marmaladeteacake, 6 Feb 2008.

  1. marmaladeteacake

    marmaladeteacake Newly Registered

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    Hey all.

    I recently developed a taste for planted tanks after having standard "fish and a plant or two" aquariums. Initial aquascaping is going fine, but any attempt to plant a carpet is thwarted by a rather grumpy silver dollar. :(
    He's been around a while so i'm reluctant to get rid of him - does anyone know of a carpeting plant that he's not partial to munching on?

    MT
     
  2. andy

    andy Member

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    I've never kept them but aren't Silver dollars largely herbivores ?
     
  3. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Silver dollars are notorious for eating plants, dont this there is much you are going to be able to do there unfortunately, its the fish or plants doubt you can keep them together.

    Sam
     
  4. marmaladeteacake

    marmaladeteacake Newly Registered

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    I was hoping you wouldnt say that.................. :arghh:

    Yes, they are massive herbivores, and appear to be constantly hungry! He wont eat my Amazon Swords, so i was hoping someone would know of other things he didnt like! My own (limited) research turned up nothing. Oh well, guess i'll just have to set up a new tank then.............. ;)

    MT
     
  5. Themuleous

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    Ive no first hand experience of silver dollars, but according to the tropica advanced search all these plants are supposed to be 'safe' with herbivorous fish.

    Anubias barteri ''coffeefolia''

    Anubias barteri var. angustifolia

    Anubias barteri var. barteri

    Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia ''1705''

    Anubias barteri var. nana

    Bolbitis heudelotii

    Crinum calamistratum

    Crinum natans

    Crinum thaianum

    Echinodorus osiris

    Echinodorus x barthii

    Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow'

    Microsorum pteropus

    Microsorum pteropus 'Philippine'

    Microsorum pteropus 'Windeløv'

    Vallisneria americana (gigantea)

    Sam
     
  6. Ray

    Ray Member

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    I did see a photo of an Oliver Knott tank that had a carpet of Anubia's. It would be rather slow growing and quite pricy though (I think Oliver gets freebies from Tropica like our own Mr. Farmer). I've also seen carpets of Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow' for sale on eBay.
     
  7. sks

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    Silver Dollars are lovely fish. Kept 4 in the past, all died of old age, most lived to about 12 years old. Depending on species they can be fin nippers some times. Have 3 now in a 6', bought them from a shop that has them returned since the customer did not have the space for them. I will not keep them with plants, they get large anyway, but I suppose if you supplement their diet they would probably leave the plants alone, and there's only one way to find out. :wideyed:
     
  8. marmaladeteacake

    marmaladeteacake Newly Registered

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    Thanks all - i'll keep him i think as im rather fond of him. Hes a cantankerous old sod, and im fairly sure hes clinnically neurotic................
    I'll try some of those "safe" plants, and keep him fat and hope for the best!

    MT
     

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