green fire tetras and no more plants, oh my

Wow, can't wait to find a new home for these guys.   I picked up "something hardier" than the rummies I lost,  to put in my newly replanted tank.  SO MUCH for that.   These guys destroyed my temple plant, green foxtail, and really chewed up my pennywort.   What a mess.   Just posted them on craigslist.  Pretty little things but WOW. 

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Comment by GSP on April 13, 2013 at 2:30pm

You're the first person on all of the internet to post about that happening with this species: see here I'm quite surprised.

Rumminose are rather hardy once they have acclimated to the tank for about a month or two. if they survive that, they are sturdy fish that eat well and keep to themselves.

Comment by HeatherS on April 13, 2013 at 3:00pm

I know, I read a million reviews and profiles before I decided on them!  Read tons of recommendations on how great they were in planted tanks!  I was very surprised too.  Maybe it has something to do with how/where they were raised I have NO idea.   No other new fish in the tank.   The only things untouched are my sword and anubias. 

I've got someone picking them up today,  going to a non-planted tank.   Reconsidering restocking the rummies after I replant this tank.   But I'll pick up a quarantine tank first this time I guess.

Comment by GSP on April 13, 2013 at 10:24pm
If there's nothing Else in the tank with them, why the need for a second quarantine tank?
Comment by HeatherS on April 14, 2013 at 6:57am

quick recap:   30 gal,   had 2 cories, 1 SAE, female betta,  and 7 rummies in a planted tank since November- ish.    Then I lost my rummies to ich when I added 3 more. 

Cleaned tank,  water change, waited 2 weeks.    Researched and purchased green fire tetras,  in a week all my softer plants were ravaged.    All the needles and tips chewed off my myrio,  big v shaped bites taken out of all my penneywort and hygro,  baby pennwort that I had started eaten completely.

It doesn't seem likely that my established fish suddenly started eating plants they hadn't touched in months?   The green tetras were the only *new* fish,  not the only fish in the tank. 

Comment by HeatherS on April 14, 2013 at 7:37am

Oh,  cross the SAE off the list of possible culprits;  my large one was lost just before I got the green fire tetras.   Just picked up a new young one, but a week after the plant damage started.  

Comment by HeatherS on April 18, 2013 at 4:54pm

Well,  6 days after removing the green fire tetras there has been no more damage, no new bites out of the edges of my brazilian pennywort, and the new leaves on that look fin,  about half of my myrio is getting small shoots of new growth, so I think it's going to recover.  Looks like crap right now but....   Hygro I think can come back from anything short of a nuclear disaster.   They went to a nice new  home in a 75 gallon with plastic plants only.   Last I heard new owner was loving them.


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