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RE: SAE - never again.
Well my SAE did put an end to my BBA. The kid at the LFS tried to convince
me that I needed six for a 55 gal, I settled for four, which is at least two
too many. They are cute when little, but the three remaining are pushing
four inches after a year (heading for six inches). They are boisterous, not
aggressive, and really tend to dominate a tank that was intended for small
tetras and a couple Apistos and Rams. The Ottos have become truly nocturnal
with these guys around. I started with 12 AES and 12 Ottos. Between the
SAE and the shrimp the little Java Moss I have is kept nibbled down to wire.
I do have a novel method of getting an SAE out of the tank. Just take the
cover off and fill the water to the rim... Works really good with
hatchetfish as well. I recovered just the tail section of the SAE who
jumped. I pretty sure I know what happened to the head, but the cat ain't
talking. BTW a coverless tank is a great humidifier in the winter, I need to
add a gallon of water every morning.
Joe K in Takoma Park, MD
where we've had our coldest weather in years, gonna need replace my rosemary
in the Spring.