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Old 20-04-2003, 07:13 AM
Bob Alston
 
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Do adult SAEs really eat algae? I have heard statements that the
adults do not.

At the AGA conference, one person suggested to just not feed the fish
in the tank for several days and they would resume eating algae.

I have about a dozen adult SAEs, about 3 - 3-1/2 inches that I raised
from about 1/2 inch. They seem to always hang out when the food
comes, "standing on their tails". Not sure how much algae they eat.

What is your experience?

Bob

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Old 20-04-2003, 07:13 AM
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My opinion differs as I've had 2 adult SAES at the 4" or so range.
They are very happy and content, but I find their algae eating
abilities dubious. I've watched them continously and they will just
rest on the bottom all day long until I drop food in. If I stop
feeding for a week they will just rest on the bottom all day long too,
and maybe, just maybe, they might eat a little algae, but I'm very
doubtful.

Baby SAEs on the other hand are working every second and I love them.

Chuck Gadd wrote in message . ..
On 29 Nov 2002 09:49:14 -0800, (Bob Alston) wrote:

Do adult SAEs really eat algae? I have heard statements that the
adults do not.


Yes. They never stop. Mine are now several years old, and very
large.

At the AGA conference, one person suggested to just not feed the fish
in the tank for several days and they would resume eating algae.


You definitely don't need to starve them to get them to eat algae.

Mine are VERY over-fed, eagerly eating the food when I feed the
rainbows. The SAEs eat lots of regular food, but never stop searching
plants for any signs of algae.

Recently I moved several BBA covered plants from another tank into the
75g with the SAEs. Within a day, the 4 SAEs had completely cleaned
the plants of all traces of BBA.


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Old 20-04-2003, 07:14 AM
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My experience with SAEs has also been that they eat voraciously-- both algae
and introduced food. My SAEs are now at least 3.5 to 4 inches, and they are
always scouring leaves-- especially around the edges-- for algae. This even
when I feed twice a day-- once with brine shrimp, and a second time with flake
food.

My tank temperature is about 78 degrees F. I wonder if that could affect their
appetite.. What is your tank temp?

These are the greatest fish! They are always good natured, and they are fun
to watch. I still have to truck off to Buffalo NY to get them, since they are
hard to find in the Detroit Metro area. (I've had to replace a few due to a
disease outbreak a few months ago, but some of my SAEs are now a couple of
years old.)

(Anyone know of a source for SAEs in Detroit?)

-Bruce Geist
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Old 20-04-2003, 07:14 AM
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Here's what I do. I gave my SAE 3 choices.

1. they either eat the algae
2. they eat each other or
3. they lay on the bottom and starve

Anyway, I feed just enough that the rainbows get some and a few
pellets hit the bottom for the cory's. As for the SAE, they're for
algae and nothing else. They eat it or they die. Sounds kind of
cruel but that's how it is in my tank. So far they continue there
usual busy selves of picking the algae off the plants. Now if I
didn't have any algae, I would feed but as I do, they have there food.


oSpam (LeighMo) wrote in message ...
IME, adults don't eat as much algae as the juveniles, but they still eat algae.
Mine are about the size of yours, and I feed them 2-3 times a day. But
between meals, they still forage for algae. They nibble at my java moss a lot,
probably because there's no filamentous alge left in the tank. And they really
go to town if I put in an algae-covered plant from another tank.




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Old 20-04-2003, 07:15 AM
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Around here I commonly see SAE's (I am quite certain that is what they a
they have little barbels, the black stripe is "serrated" extrends to the end
of the tail) labeled as flying foxes. Sometimes they are labelled as siamese
flying foxes, but usually just flying foxes.

In article [email protected], "Dinky"
wrote:

"kush" wrote in message
.. .
: Anecdotally, I *have* seen chinese algae eaters labeled as siamese in a
: national (U.S.) petstore chain. When I pointed out the mistake, I just got
: glared at.
:
: kush
I have seen that error, and been argued with in 'Premium' shops.



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Any LFS in Chicago with SAEs? I called one in Skokie and they asked me why
I'd want them since they're terribly aggressive... yeah, yeah...


"redled" wrote in message
...
Around here I commonly see SAE's (I am quite certain that is what they

a
they have little barbels, the black stripe is "serrated" extrends to the

end
of the tail) labeled as flying foxes. Sometimes they are labelled as

siamese
flying foxes, but usually just flying foxes.

In article [email protected], "Dinky"
wrote:

"kush" wrote in message
.. .
: Anecdotally, I *have* seen chinese algae eaters labeled as siamese in a
: national (U.S.) petstore chain. When I pointed out the mistake, I just

got
: glared at.
:
: kush
I have seen that error, and been argued with in 'Premium' shops.



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On Sat, 14 Dec 2002 04:24:16, "Tyggergirl"
wrote:

Any LFS in Chicago with SAEs? I called one in Skokie and they asked me why
I'd want them since they're terribly aggressive... yeah, yeah...


That wasn't Old Orchard Aquarium... was it?

Try telephoning Living Sea Aquarium in Park Ridge. If you haven't been
there before it's worth a visit to gawk, even if they don't have SAEs at the
moment. I visited the place for the first time about a week ago and now I
have four delightful sparkling gouramis playing and posturing in my tank.
Their plant selection could use much improvement, though.

http://www.park-ridge.il.us/living/

811 W. Devon
Park Ridge, Illinois
847-698-SALT

Directions from their website: "5 minutes off of the Kennedy Expressway.
Exit on Cumberland North. Three traffic lights to Devon. Turn Right and you
are there!"

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Thanks for the guidance! I'll be sure to give them a call.

And, yes, it was OOA which was my favorite spot to find fish and
algae-eating shrimp. Their plant selection could use some improvement which
is why I've been going to Ocean Design on Irving Park. They get frequent,
healthy shipments of "common" plants (cheaper than OOA, too). Nothing too
exotic there but that's alright since my tank can't accommodate demanding
plants.

Thanks again!
eliza

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On Sat, 14 Dec 2002 04:24:16, "Tyggergirl"
wrote:

Any LFS in Chicago with SAEs? I called one in Skokie and they asked

me why
I'd want them since they're terribly aggressive... yeah, yeah...


That wasn't Old Orchard Aquarium... was it?

Try telephoning Living Sea Aquarium in Park Ridge. If you haven't been
there before it's worth a visit to gawk, even if they don't have SAEs at

the
moment. I visited the place for the first time about a week ago and now

I
have four delightful sparkling gouramis playing and posturing in my tank.
Their plant selection could use much improvement, though.

http://www.park-ridge.il.us/living/

811 W. Devon
Park Ridge, Illinois
847-698-SALT

Directions from their website: "5 minutes off of the Kennedy Expressway.
Exit on Cumberland North. Three traffic lights to Devon. Turn Right and

you
are there!"

Cindy

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