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Re: Algae eaters - Farlowella?
I have had three Farlowella in my tank for a year now with one being there
for two years. They don't eat my fine leaved plants because they are way too
clumsy to balance on the stems! These fish don't really swim, they lurch
from spot to spot. My amazon sword plants of three different species have
had lots of gnawed places on them after I blacked out the tank so they are
capable of doing some damage.
My otos don't do as much damage and can balance on the smallest of leaves,
how about them? These fish are all sucker mouths and eat different algae
from the SAE. Sucker mouthed fish just rasp the leaf so it dies early-if
they are causing any damage.
I really like the Farlowella, very interesting fish. If you try it, my tank
is 150 gallons and I have three of these so get one per fifty gallons to
save the sword plant leaves! Don't depend on it to clean small leaved
plants, it is not capable of doing it.
Snails? Shrimp? How about some of those? Platies and swordtails are busy
algae nippers too.
Kathy in southern California
<<I was wondering if anyone had any experience with
sp. with an algae eater. Will they harm soft-leaved plants such
as Rotala sp. or Heteranthera? How are they with moss species? I
am looking for an algae eater to compensate for four SAEs I gave
(got too large and started eating the R. wallichii so much that
all I have left now are twigs with several tiny, healthy
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