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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Holes in dwarf lily pads?

Any idea what would cause these? They are small holes, almost look eaten away, but I have a betta and a few tiny snails in there so I don't know what could be eating it.

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Flora: purple cabomba, water wisteria, DHG, Dwarf Lily, several unknown tiny sprouts
Fauna: 1 male vt betta, several tiny snails (unknown) species
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 12:13 PM
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Physella Acuita eat dead and dyieng leaves. I think you need CO2. What is this DHG?
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Might be the snails - I get holes in the lilly too and see snails nomming on them

I dont think any of those ned co2 but you can add in liquid co2 i you want

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Snails usually wont eat live plants. If there the species I am thinking of.
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Do they Look like any of these

Pond snail


Ramshorn - comes in different colors


malaysian trumpet snail


Apple snail - also comes in different colors


Rabbit snail - looks similar to the malaysian but is bigger. I have been told they can eat liveplants?


Nerite - shell can have different patterns


Trapdoor snail

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Physella Acuita the top on is a very common pest. I feed them to assassins.
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Pond snails. Is that a problem?
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No They eat dead and dying leaves.
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How old are the Lily leaves when they start to show the holes....

I know with my lily leaves they will start to have holes after about a week-10 days-maybe longer-I really have never counted the days per se-I clip them every week or so to allow the new leaves to fill in-I am not 100%-but it might be normal die off related. It doesn't seem to cause any problems for the bulb itself or for the new leaves sprouting and I always have new leaves shooting to the top.
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The lily pads start to develop holes a few days after first opening. I'm not sure what is going on with it.

The lily also used to have beautiful golden/red pads and now they are green and thick looking, but nothing in the tank has changed to cause this. It used to be my favorite plant and now it is unattractive. It used to look so healthy!
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