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SAE's bad for Riccia, tennelus?

Discussion in 'Fish' started by dougz, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. dougz

    dougz New Member

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    I read they can wreak havoc on fine-leaved plants..

    Do those 2 qualify?

    How big do they gey.

    Was thinking of getting one or 2 for my 75g, as the BN and ottos (4) that I have are proving useless against the string algae..
     
  2. Dan Pellegrini

    Dan Pellegrini New Member

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    I don't think SAEs will bother those plants, but not sure.

    FFF (Florida Flag Fish) and Amano Shrimp are much better selections for string algae. Ultimately though, no critter is going to keep a real problem in check. Manually remove as much as you can and work on figuring out and rectifying the cause of the problem, not the symptoms
     
  3. dougz

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    Amano shrimp? Really?

    Huh..

    Looking at rectifying the error of my ways and start adding some macro ferts..
     
  4. Dan Pellegrini

    Dan Pellegrini New Member

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    yep, but like all critters, they like it dead first. spot treatment w/ excel or ADA's Python Git will kill it - and then they will eat it. IME SAE, FFF, Amano's etc are not that helpful once you have fixed your algae problem - and can be more of a problem. Better to fix the problem without them - the rest will fall inline shortly after. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that a fish or shrimp will fix a problem, but this is not true.
     
  5. dougz

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    Hmm..

    Ok, well I'll see what spot trearing with Excel and adding macros does for me..
     

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