Why do aquarium fish eat plants
Eating plants by aquarium fish is not such an important problem as diseases or, for example, those cases when fish do not eat food. But if in General everything in the aquarium is safe, regular gnawing by its inhabitants of the plant environment can be annoying. First, all aquatic plants are worth the money. Secondly, each owner tries to decorate his aquarium, puts in this time and effort, and when the fish instead of gratitude destroy the most beautiful stems and leaves, there is a sense of futility of these efforts. In addition, without plants, fish lose their natural environment, in other words-they also become worse.
Reasons why fish eat plants
Even experienced aquarists do not call a homogeneous group of reasons here. Want-and eat. You do not even need to be large or exotic fish that have proven themselves in eating aquatic plants or the usual guppies, angelfish and synodontis. Although sometimes the size of the fish all same matters: some species large fish not so much eat, how many destroy deliberately plants, to free itself more space for maneuvers. When transplanted into a larger aquarium, they get rid of this bad habit.
Sometimes the owners think that the fish are malnourished, because Supplement the diet with plant components and begin to pour more food. However, fish continue to eat plants, sometimes with a vengeance. It is believed that non-plant origin food disturbs the balance in fish body, if it becomes more. And it takes even more plant food to restore parity. To solve the problem, you can start to feed the fish as a special food with vegetable components, and conventional vegetable food: salad, spinach or pieces of vegetables.
But do not rejoice prematurely — that it is enough to buy plant food, and the fish will immediately lose interest in aquarium plants. Can lose, and can and there is no. In General, the fish that has already tasted the representatives of the plant world, it is all the same that there is: food of plant origin or beautiful stems in the aquarium. In addition, gnaw plants and those fish that are not herbivorous at all: out of boredom or, as already mentioned above, to clear space.
Which plants have a better chance?
The best way out of the situation is only one: to plant an aquarium with tasteless plants. They may be plastic at all, but many aquarists do not like the synthetic appearance of such plants, and some are also worried about the health of fish. You can pick up different types of aquarium plants, which have more opportunities to hold out, if your fish have already established themselves as plant eaters. These types include:
Unfortunately, these recommendations are not universal. Therefore, it is better to try to put in an aquarium some one species of plants and observe the behavior of fish. And then to plant the next. But if your fish terrorize even hard-leaved plants, there is nothing to do: they will have to live in an aquarium with an industrial landscape (without plants) or with artificial ones.
Some aquarists prefer to go from the opposite and look for fish that do not like plants. But it is even more difficult, because the same species of fish in some owners are indifferent to plants, and others-eat or spoil them for a sweet soul. Finally, keep in mind that in addition to fish, snails (if they are there, of course, there) can also cause harm to the aquarium flora. And plants can wither on their own: due to adverse conditions, unsuitable pH of water or insufficient lighting.