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American Flag Fish Observations.
With all of the recent talk about the "American Flag Fish", I wanted to
pitch in my experiences with this little terror. After reading about how
the fish could be ideal for removing algae, I decided to purchase a pair of
females to try and control BBA in one of my tanks. At the time I had some
beautiful Angelfish in this tank and the tank was very heavily planted.
This particular tank was my pride and joy. Well, everyone knows the story
about how troublesome these little fish are. My angelfish's tails were
mangels in about a week and numerous plants were stripped down to the stems.
Now, I thought that this was due to the fact I don't feed as often as I
should to keep algae in check. So, I increased the frequency of feedings
and made sure I noticed that the American flag fish got their fair share of
the food. It do absolutely NO good.
In about two weeks, I had lost about half of my plants and my angelfish were
sick and the tails heavily damaged. Needless to say, I was distraught. I
never thought that the fish were responsible, instead thinking that the
pleco had gone on a rampage. That was until I watched the American flag
fish tear a chunk out of my angelfish's tail and tear pieces of a large
Amazon sowrd plant. That was when I decided that the two had to go back to
the pet store. I traded for some nice peaceful ottocinclus catfish instead
and my fish and plants in the tank were much happier for it.
So, to me it's obvious that these fish were not designed for long term algae
control. I was very displeased with these fish and wouldn't recommend them
for algae control.
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