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Algae eaters: are they a good idea?
I have otos, amano shrimp, and malaysian trumpet snails in my 72 gallon
they are great at eating algae and not much else. But so far I have had no
luck with SAE or AFF. I bought 5 AFF. 1 killed the other 4. Then it went
after the other fish in the tank. So I sold it (with disclaimer!). Then I
bought 5 SAE. They ate the Mayaca, until I put some Rotala wallichi in the
tank. Now they eat the Rotala instead.
I'd like to get rid of the SAE, but I can't catch them. Here's what I've
-making a fish trap out of a soda bottle. Fish swim in, but they can't swim
out. Caught 1 SAE and many other fish.
-waking up in the middle of the night and trying to catch the fish while
they are sleeping. My SAE sleep like firemen on call - as soon as the net
goes in, they are fully awake.
-not feeding them for a few days, then putting food (frozen bloodworms,
their favorite) in the net. Nope, although this is a great way to catch
killies and rainbowfish.
-draining the tank. I took the tank down to about 2" of water. I don't know
where the SAE went, but I could not find them. This is a good way to catch
cardinal tetras, though.
The SAE seem to be able to see the net from across the room. If I do not
have the net, they will eat from my fingers. If I have the net, they go hide
in the plants.
Any other suggestions? I'd really like them out of the tank.
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