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Old 20-04-2003, 06:20 AM
Allen Smith
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Default how many SAEs to buy?

As an experiment I tried last month I let hair algae grow so that it
had filled around 30% of the tank. The only thing I saw that was
eating it were MTS, which were doing so at so slow of a rate that they
could not keep it in check. I don't think they prefered to eat it,
they just ate it because it was there. The other fish would
occassionly take a nibble, but they would eat it with relish. The
SAE's ignored the hair algae. The Ottos ignored the hair algae.

"Prakash" wrote in message ...
I've got 4 SAE (they are the true Crossocheilus Siamensis and quite small
now) in my 50 gallon tank. They do not seem to eat any of the algae strands
I have (I have to pull these out by hand when I clean the tank - so they
probably will be of no use in getting rid of your hair algae (unless there
is something unique about the SAE I've got).

If you have any better luck pl tell me what you do different because I'm
tired of the hair algae.