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Re: Why do SAE's die

I have had SAE's in two planted tanks for a long time, and I can't recall losing one.  They just get big and fat and lazy, so I end up trading for little ones.  My guess is that you might have a bad source, and maybe it's worth trying another supplier.  Or, there's nothing for them to eat?  They like those hikari algae discs, but they seem to like flake food and everything, so that's probably not it.  Are they the only fish that are dropping?   You could check in Baensch or wherever to see if any of the stats of your water are way out of the SAE's usual range.
Last guess- is there a rude fish, like maybe a "Chinese algae eater" that is harassing them and making them ill?
Sorry I didn't have more specific help.
Bill Pabst
DC Area Aquatic Plant Club

Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 16:44:32 -0700
From: "David Berryman" <dberryman7479 at mediaone_net>
Subject: Why do SAE's die so easly 

I have owned about 20 SAE's in the year and a half my tank has been up, and
all of them die with in about 2 months.  I do not know what I am doing wrong
if anything.  Has any one else had this problem?  Are they hard to keep

Dave Berryman