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Re: Florida Flag Fish

I found them unpredictable. As long as I kept females alone, they seemed to
work on algae, but once they got in a tank with males, they forgot they had
a taste for algae, and did nothing but linger & hide all day. The males were
prone to aggression initially, but then calmed down some. Once the females
got in the tank with them, they trained the females to stay away from the

Since Bob is starting with one female, I'd suggest getting one or 2 more
(females only). When I had the females (3) in one tank, they *schooled* more
than any schooling fish I have. They were always together, picking on plants
constantly.  I don't think they'd do well alone. They seem to mimic other
fish in their environment, though. I had 2 small mollies that were always
picking on algae, and that seemed to get them started. Once they went into
another tank, they forgot their purpose in life and did absolutely nothing.

> << I think I will order some FFF to work on the hair algae - is 3 enough
>  in a 75?  Dwight recomends 3 / 20 gal.  Not sure I want to put out that
>  much $ or have that many FFF.  Am comfortable with a longer period to
>  clean up tank if 3 - 6 would be enough.
>   >>
Bob wrote:

I bought one Jordanella floridae Saturday, and a few ghost shrimps, to
> take care of the green algae that is overrunning my 10 gallon tank. I
> think the fish is a female; she was the only "Florida Flagfish" at the
> LFS.  They say they should get some more in next week, and they say it
> is impossible to sex them because they are juveniles and all look the
> same.  I don't think this is true, but I'm not sure. Maybe
> they are just getting all females from their supplier?  The other LFS in
> town recently got a shipment of Endlers Livebearers, and they were all
> males.  I would have loved to get a breeding trio of the Endlers.
> Will one of these flag fish do OK by itself in a 10 gallon, or does it
> need a companion (or a mate)?  Or is one perhaps already too much for a
> 10 gallon?  The fish is very shy and hides whenever I enter the room.
> Hopefully this will pass in a day or two. It hasn't done much of
> anything to the algae yet.